Highlights of this year’s fairgrounds improvement projects include:
New Cosgrove Stage: An array of Arts A’Fair showcases – Somali storytelling, puppetry, ragtime music, theater and jazz and flamenco dance – and performances by community groups – clogging, tango, fiddlers and dance – are featured on this new stage just outside the Education Building. (Photo: BioFreaks dance group, Amateur Talent Contest finalists, on the Cosgrove Stage Sept. 3)
New elevator on the west end of the Grandstand: Until this year, concertgoers and guests accessing second-floor vendors were limited to using one elevator on the Grandstand's east side.
Swine Barn renovation: In the first phase of work, the Swine Barn Annex was removed, which allowed for wash racks to be moved outside, more pens to fit in the barn, and opened windows and doors on the west end of the barn to improve ventilation and air quality.