Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Amador County Fairgrounds Faces New Construction Challenge

Fund Raising Starts at the Love A Fair Ball Benefit Dinner Dance, Feb. 8, 2020

PLYMOUTH, CA - The Amador County Fairgrounds must construct new fire hydrants and larger water mains to accommodate current requirements for fire protection, a major undertaking for the property that no longer receives regular state funding.

Last year the California State Fire Marshal did an inspection of the fairgrounds during construction of the new Simmons Beef Pavilion. Water supply to the hydrants on the fairgrounds was found to be woefully inadequate at 300 gallons per minute. 1500 gallons per minute is the required fire flow required by the state.

There currently are no water lines on the grounds providing adequate fire flows. A plan and study have been prepared for a new 8-inch fire suppression line and hydrants.

Upgrading the fairground’s water system has taken on new urgency as the state has put limits on the use of the Fair’s facilities and any new construction until the new fire line is in place.

The Fair applied for and is in the final stage to receive a major state construction grant that would not have to be paid back.

“We’re very encouraged by the prospects of a grant for the project, but the Fair will have to come up with additional funds for administrative costs,” says Amador County Fair Foundation President Ciro Toma, the non-profit fund raising arm of the Fair.

 “We are asking our faithful supporters for help to keep our fairgrounds operational and safe,” says TomaWe hope you will join us at the Love A Fair Ball, our major fund raiser for the year, and help us get a start on paying for the new water line and fire hydrants.

The annual Love a Fair Ball will be held Saturday, February 8, 2020 at the Grand Oak Ballroom, Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort. The dinner dance includes an elegant prime rib or rosemary chicken dinner, special Valentine favors, fabulous benefit auction and dancing -- all to support the Amador County Fair Foundation.

Tickets to the Love A Fair Ball are $100/person, on sale now through Jan. 27, 2020 at:
www.AmadorCountyFair.com and at the Fair Office, 209-245-6921.

The Amador County Fairgrounds faces a major fundraising challenge
to replace its outdated fire hydrants and fire protection system.
Photo by Larry Angier.

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