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EOT fairgrounds building would focus on education [UPDATED]

Published 9:53am Wednesday, January 9, 2013 Updated 11:56am Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Proposed New Building on East Otter Tail Fairgrounds to Focus on Education

The East Otter Tail Agricultural Society has evaluated the need for a new building to replace the existing structures along Highway 78 in Perham. These buildings currently house the beef and dairy animals during the fair. Due to the cost to repair the buildings and the current concern over safety, the Agricultural Society is moving forward with plans to build new facilities.

The proposed barn is 60 feet by 120 feet and is estimated to hold over 150 head of cattle. It will contain amenities such as a milk house, parlor, changing/nursing rooms, various ventilation features, and removable tie rails. The building will also feature updated power, with outlets easily accessible on both the sidewalls and down the middle of the building. It is the goal of the East Otter Tail County Agricultural Society that the new building be focused on educating consumers about the agricultural industry, as the vast majority of consumers are more than three generations removed from the farm.

With updated milking facilities, the new building will foster interaction between livestock exhibitors and consumers. The primary use for the building will be to house beef and dairy cattle during the fair, however, the project will be versatile to many different species and appeal to organizations throughout the county, with different activities such as, auctions, sales, shows, and dances.

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