Monday marked the beginning of Centennial Grady County Free Fair Week. Looking towards the future, a groundbreaking ceremony was also held for the new exposition center. This 74,000 square foot building will be fully climate controlled with a 125’x305’ arena floor, event office, ticket booths, conference rooms, portable seating for 2400 and concession kitchen. Estimated completion is in 2017, according to a release from the Grady County Fairboard.
The morning began with a flag raising ceremony. The Grady County Commissioners, the Grady County Fairboard, county 4H Officers, AmPo FFA Officers, and OHCE Officers raised the flag to signify the beginning celebration of 100 years of the Grady County Free Fair.
Shortly after, a ribbon cutting ceremony marked the opening of the new outdoor arena. The outdoor arena complex includes livestock pens, bucking and roping chutes, covered grandstands, permanent seating for 1,300, portable seating for 1,000, concession and vendor hookups, and climate controlled office, ticket booths and restrooms.