Fair board announces plans to replace arena

OVERBROOK—The Overbrook Fair Board set dates for the Overbrook Fair Aug. 13-16, securing a carnival and unveiling plans for remodeling the arena at its monthly meeting March 19 at Conrad’s Bar and Grill, in Overbrook.

The board confirmed Jones and Company Carnival as the provider of amusement rides Aug. 14-16. The board also addressed concerns about the overlap of the first days of school and the fair.

“The dates were set after some schools will already be in session,” said Marty Young, board reporter. “We worked in a positive manner that would get a schedule together so they wouldn’t miss school. All livestock shows will be scheduled in the evenings.”

The board also announced members of the fence committee, which will replace the metal pipe fence around the arena on the north part of the fairgrounds, as well as the perimeter fence, beginning in April. The project also calls for new lighting and an enclosed crows nest.

“It would consist of completely tearing out the existing arena,” Young said. “The existing arena is going to be completely removed and expanded, so the fairgrounds can offer a venue for people to come in and do bigger events.”

The arena currently houses the horse show, set for Aug. 9 this year, as well as motocross, ATV and demolition derby events. Additional events are hosted for Santa Fe Trail Days and other events.

“It’s something we’re very excited about,” Young said. “When people drive into Overbrook, they’re going to see a new arena and a nice fence. It’s going to be attractive. We believe it’s going to be a wonderful addition for the town.”

The fence committee is seeking sponsorship of 60 20-foot by 20-foot sections within the arena for $200. Donors will be recognized with a plaque or banner space. Donations may also be made in smaller increments.

“The committee would be grateful for any amount of donations,” Young said. “All are appreciated and will be acknowledged.”

Donations may be sent to Overbrook Fair Board, Attn: Fence Committee, P.O. Box 204, Overbrook, KS 66524.

For more information on the fence committee, contact Luke Lang at (785) 766-5062.

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