Fairgrounds closed until Friday – or longer | TheUnion.com

Fairgrounds closed until Friday – or longer

Depending on what the weather brings the next few days, the Nevada County Fairgrounds might stay closed to the public past this weekend for safety reasons.

Fair staff are taking it one storm at a time, noted Fair Deputy Manager Sandy Woods.

What’s known for sure is the fairgrounds will be closed today and Friday to avoid possible injury from upcoming storm damage and to allow repair of existing damage.

The fairgrounds was clobbered this week and another storm is due today.

For starters, the Lions taco booth on Treat Street was demolished as was five feet of the wine pavilion deck. Woods said the maintenance shop might be beyond repair and the Senior Center suffered heavy roof and bathroom damage. And at the fair’s campgrounds, a camper shell and tent trailer were hit.

“It’s a matter of public safety (to close),” said Woods on Wednesday. “We have removed two more trees, in addition to the eight that came down in the fierce winds accompanying Saturday and Sunday’s storms.”

On Friday afternoon, fair staff will survey the grounds to determine if it’s safe to reopen the fairgrounds.

Until then, the entire fairgrounds is closed, which includes the Senior Center and the Meals on Wheels (hot meals) program, two preschools housed on the grounds (Tall Pines and Argosy) and the Fair’s administrative offices.

In addition, numerous joggers and walkers will have to find an alternative exercise site during the fairgrounds closure.

If the fairgrounds’ gates remain locked past the weekend, Woods said the public can call the fairgrounds office at 273-6217 or the Senior Center at 273-4961 to determine the reopening status.

– Carol Feineman

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