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Upgrades are underway at the Cleveland County Fairgrounds RV park and west entry. As the number of events hosted at the fairgrounds increases, these improvements will help make Cleveland County a destination for everything from dog, cat, horse, dairy goat and poultry shows, to statewide 4-H and FFA events, private parties, and quilt shows.
“Our county commissioners recognized that the need is there for space for these activities,” said Fairgrounds Manager Bryan Jenkins. “They had the foresight to create a master plan for our fairgrounds that looks at current and future needs.”
The improvements are slated for two phases. A portion of the RV park is being reconfigured and by the end of phase one there will be 45 full-service sites with water, electric and sewer with new electrical upgrades.
“That’s going to improve our services to people who come here for events,” said Project Manager Brian Wint.
By the end of phase two, the park is projected to have 60 hookups with water, electric and sewer. Phase one includes the addition of a dump station and fencing as well as some landscaping.
“We have a lot of rural communities who depend on our fairgrounds as a site for family-friendly activities, and we owe it to them to provide a state-of-the-art facility,” said Commissioner Harold Haralson. “If we can also bring in state and national events like the statewide 4-H archery contest being hosted here, that’s a benefit to our local people as well as an economic benefit to our county.”
The west entry has a new archway fabricated by Oklahoma Correctional Industries (OCI) a self-supporting entity that employs offenders who are trained with marketable job skills in the correctional industries programs to allow for the offenders' successful return to society.
“Going through OCI was a big savings for the county,” Wint said. “Commissioner Darry Stacy wanted a grand entrance so when I learned about this opportunity, we tapped OCI for the project.”
Improvements also include upgraded sewer lines and, in phase two, the addition of an amenities building with laundry, bathrooms and showers. Also slated for phase two, a community group area with a fire pit and grills.
“With the farm market moving to the new location at The Well next year, the improvements are on track to create a state-of-the-art facility that will make Cleveland County a destination,” Jenkins said. “We know the demand is there, and the commissioners recognize the opportunity this facility provides locally as well as the economic benefits these events bring to the county.”