- After severe storms this summer, the Lincoln County Grandstands were torn down and the county began searching for ideas to replace the iconic fairground structure.
The "Merrill Expo Center Authority User Group" has a plan to build an Expo Center with the goal of bringing more business to the grounds.
Randy Scholz is the Administrative Coordinator for Lincoln County and says, "They would promote it. They would have other groups come in and utilize it more. That's really the whole concept behind the Authority is to get the fairgrounds used more."
So far, the Lincoln County Public Property Committee favors the plans, but they're hesitant about what may happen during the 2013 county fair, Scholz says, "The user group has indicated that they're more interested in doing it so it fits everybody's need. They weren't so concerned with the time frame. So I don't know what their plans are as far as having something available for the upcoming year."
The Expo Center Group still has to provide detailed plans to Lincoln County, including costs and construction models, before the full board can move ahead.
Story By: Michael Crusan