Grant County Expo Center – Now Open for Business

Pond Creek, OK – The Grant County Fair Board held an Open House April 16 for the new Grant County Expo Center, previously called the Grant County Fairgrounds.                Outside view of Grant County Expo Center

The new Grant County Expo Center provides space where the county, communities and businesses can gather, meet, create and recreate. The arena offers ample room for livestock showing and penning.  The new steel, concrete and brick structure includes 9,462 square feet for meeting rooms and public space and the arena has 26,769 square feet.

On hand for the grand opening were Grant County Free Fair Board members Phil Ransom, Beth Hendrick, Jimmy Vardy, Jimmy Blaser, Lacy Reimer, Darrin Schultz, Tim Winter and Bryan Schultz.  Also, Grant County Commissioners Cindy Bobbitt, Max Hess and Pat Ronck were in attendance.

Grant County Free Fair Board members and Grant County Commissioners on hand for the Grand Opening.

Grant County 4-H members Emma Taylor and Paige Duffield Reimer hosted a 4-H booth and welcomed visitors to the Expo Center.  Cookies and punch were served.Located at 614 Cedar Avenue in Pond Creek, the facility is ready to be rented for community and family events.  Part-time staff will be added to oversee the day-to-day

Grant County 4-H members Emma Taylor & Paige Duffield

operation including grounds keeper, managing and promoting rentals of the building, along with general free fair week and junior livestock show duties.

“This is a win-win for our community.  The Grant County Free Fair Board will be able to reinvest the rent proceeds into growing and strengthening our youth education programs – creating more opportunities for Grant County 4-H and FFA members,” said Tim Winter, Grant County Free Fair Board Treasurer.

The $2.922 million project began construction in April 2017.  The facility is fully paid for today and was 100 percent financed with a ¼-cent county sales tax.  This county sales tax was passed by a vote of the people of Grant County in a special election held February 8, 2011 and is binding for 10 years.  

“This facility is an important piece of the county’s priority to continue building a strong community in Grant County,” said Cindy Bobbitt, Grant County Board of County Commissioners Chair.

More information on the Grant County Expo Center can be found at http://grantcountyok.com/fair_board.html