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Fair Foundation prepares for 2018 fair

Foundation is appreciative of donations and hopes to get community involved in preparation of grounds ahead of the fair


Havre Daily News/Ryan Welch

Mark Gooch, left, and Ray Kallenberger assemble tables Saturday for the Great Northern Fair after Bear Paw Lumber donated the wood.

Saturday morning, the Great Northern Fairgrounds were filled with the sound of lumber being unloaded and hammers working as members of the Great Northern Fair Foundation put together new picnic tables in preparation for the upcoming Great Northern Fair.

After reaching out to Bear Paw Lumber to find out how much it would cost to get the lumber for new tables, the company said that it would like to donate the lumber, Great Northern Fair Foundation Secretary Christy Owens said.

"We greatly appreciate Bear Paw Lumber," she added.

The foundation board was hoping to finish the five tables and paint them with paint donated by Havre Hardware before the end of the day, Owens said.

The board also planned to walk around the grounds to make final preparations before the grounds cleanup Saturday, July 14.

The week before the fair, starting at 9 a.m. July 14, the foundation will have a fairgrounds cleanup, and they are asking community members and organizations to come out and help prepare the grounds, Owens said.

"Bring some tools, hammers, rakes," Owens said, adding that along with cleaning, they are hoping some fixes and repairs can be done.

"We are going to work on the grandstand," said Great Northern Fair Board member and Foundation Treasurer Chelby Gooch.

"We want to try to find ways to keep the fair going," Owens said, adding that the foundation wants to utilize community resources.

Havre Daily News/Ryan Welch

Owens said the foundation is also always appreciative of any donations to help the group take care of the grounds, adding that the funds the foundation raises strictly go toward upkeep and furnishings of the fairgrounds.

Arena panels and chutes, the memorial trees, the crow's nest in the arena and some of the concrete benches around the fairgrounds are some of the projects the foundation has worked on, she added.

"(We need) help beautifying the fairgrounds," Owens said, "help making it an enjoyable experience for everyone."

People can find out more about the Great Northern Fair Foundation at their official Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/Great-Northern-Fair-Foundation-2018-210906809521394/.                    

Questions or requests for more information about the cleanup can be directed to Gooch at 399-1420 or Owens at 265-0059.


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