GEDDES, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — Lots of busy work is being done at the New York State Fairgrounds.
“When you talk about underground, you talk roofs. It is not sexy work, but it is needed work,” said Troy Waffner, New York State Fair Director.
This last year took its toll on parts of the grounds. The sheep barn was banged up back in January. After attempts to repair it, the barn, originally built way back in 1957, had to come down.
“The sheep are actually going into a tent. Our intention next year is to build a nice new sheep barn and wool center and you know, we have had some other damage throughout the grounds to fencing and other stuff getting blown around so we are fixing all of that,” said Waffner.
That other damage was addressed as part of the year-round effort to keep the fairgrounds in good shape.
After 2019, there are plans for smaller upgrades that the occasional fairgoer may not notice.
“This is really a year where there isn’t the big reveal of the Expo Center or the big reveal of the Grand Stand coming down. It is a lot of planning for a lot of construction that is going to happen next year. New gates and fixing up the worn down section of the Fairgrounds,” Waffner said.
There are still a few more windows to wash and sod to lay down.
A park will take place of the old sheep barn this year before the new barn comes in 2020.
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