We’ve just returned from a tour of the Columbia County Fairgrounds with our friend Ken Sibley, who shared with us the details of recent improvements made to the fairgrounds’ riding arena, seen above. If you can pull your eyes from that beautiful blue sky, you’ll notice the new lights around the arena – and you may remember that lighting was once lacking at the arena. The lights (and the other repairs pictured and detailed below) are among repairs made to prepare the arena ready for Friday night’s Ultimate Bull Riding event. (The bull riding event will be back again in September for the county fair, by the way!) One thing we should mention about the photo above is the one thing you don’t see – according to Sibley, there was once a power line that passed over the arena. For safety reasons, that line has been buried, he said.
One goal of all the repairs and improvements is to make the fairgrounds available for an even greater range of community events, Sibley said, and we have to agree: the arena is looking fantastic! Continue reading to see more of what’s new at the fairgrounds!