Public meeting set for Island County fairgrounds

A public meeting concerning a $10 million plan to renovate the Island County Fairgrounds will be held in Langley today.

The meeting begins at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 26, and will be held in the Coffman building on the fairgrounds.

The Whidbey Island Area Fair is struggling to make ends meet and the strategic plan proposes to make the fairground more flexible by turning it into an Island Event Center over a period of 10 years. More than half of the existing buildings would be razed or renovated.

Under the plan, management would be taken over by a public development authority and the project paid for with revenue bonds.

The plan was developed by a steering committee composed of representatives from various island governments, the fair’s Association of Executive Officers and a paid consultant.

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