Commission to hear update on Brown County Fair Tuesday

ABERDEEN, S.D. (By Elisa Sand – Brown County commissioners will hear an update Tuesday about this year’s fair.

They’ll continue discussion about a bid to improve drainage around the grandstand and stage at the fairgrounds.

Fair Manager Derek Ricci said fair committees weighed in and shared ideas about whether to have this year’s event given the COVID-19 pandemic. That information will be shared with the commission next week, but he would not indicate which way fair officials are leaning.

Also on Tuesday, commissioners will continue discussion about a proposed drainage project that would prevent water from pooling around the stage. Ricci opened the only bid for the work at this week’s meeting, but the $118,175 bid was higher than expected and more than the funding $91,404 set aside for the job.

Ricci said the project includes a combination of regrading and concrete to establish three ways for water to drain from the area. The concrete work alone was $40,000, which prompted discussion at the commission meeting about an alternate to concrete — like crushed concrete or gravel.

Commissioners tabled discussion for one week so the bidder could incorporate an alternative to concrete, which may decrease the cost.