Officials to renovate Rock County fairgrounds

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JANESVILLE - Improvements to the Rock County Fairgrounds will move forward, but county officials are not entertaining proposals to move the fairgrounds in the near future.

That was the opinion expressed in a letter released Thursday.

"Having recently reviewed the Rock County Facilities Master Plant that identifies a number of improvements to the fairgrounds, and the unanimous decision of the Agriculture and Extension Education Committee not to pursue relocation of the Rock County Fairgrounds, I have no intention of accepting a motion or resolution to move the Rock County Fairgrounds, unless something totally unexpected is presented to the County," stated County Board of Supervisors Chair J. Russell Podzilni in the letter.

The Rock County Board of Supervisors have already allocated $200,000 for asphalt parking replacement at the fairgrounds at 1301 Craig Ave., Janesville. The facilities master plan has identified improvements to the fairgrounds ranging in cost from $5 million to $15 million.

"Periodically, community conversations have looked into moving the location (of the fairgrounds). Yet, the end result of each of these studies and or community discussions resulted in keeping the fairgrounds at its current location," stated Rich Bostwick, chair of the Rock County Agriculture and Extension Education Committee in the letter. "The upgrades in the Master Plan address safety, efficiency and aesthetic issues. Many of these items have been neglected for far too long."

Randy Thompson, president of the 4-H Fair Association Board of Directors, stated in the letter that the board appreciates planned improvements to the fairgrounds.

"From the County Fair Board perspective, we are supportive of the County's commitment to make improvements to the grounds. All the improvements will have a positive impact on our ability to maintain and grow the county fair," Thompson said in the letter.

The Rock County 4-H Fair, the largest event held at the fairgrounds, is scheduled for July 23 - 28, 2019.

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