Barn Replacement Project - New NWSFA Agriculture Campus

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Barn Replacement Project - New NWSFA Agriculture Campus

The NWSF Board of Directors has authorized the Barn Replacement Project to move forward as we have generated donations and commitments to get this project off the ground. While we still have more funds to raise we are confident that we can get this project started while we continue to solicit donations for the completion of the project. As of July 25, 2022, trees have been removed, and livestock barns, milk house, food stand, and the Extension Office have all been removed. We have secured conditional approval of 4 barn plans from the State of Wisconsin and bids have been distributed to General Contractors.

Thank you, to all who have donated thus far and if you can make a donation please contact, Rusty Volk, Executive Director at or call 715.723.2861 ext. 102.

Barn Replacement Project

Project Overview

April 9, 2019, was a sad day as our Show Barn/ Coliseum (Red Barn) had to be taken down due to structural concerns. After 130 years of service, a portion of the roof collapsed rendering the building unsafe. While we will never forget the history and memories of the Red Barn, we now have serious needs to be addressed.

Our remaining 100-year-old swine/sheep barn and two cattle barns are beyond repair and the time has come to replace animal barns and show arena facilities. Due to cost savings, excavation for utilities/stormwater, and building/environmental codes, the Fair Board is proposing to address our entire barn area to sustain animal exposition for future generations.

These facilities are critical for continued youth education in agriculture, and animal exhibition needs for dairy & beef cattle and other species (goats, sheep, llamas, alpacas…). New barn facilities will eliminate current tent rental expenses and increase non-fair events with additional revenues to aid operations.

This project will greatly impact our economy and tourism into Chippewa Falls and our region. We ask for your financial support for this project that will benefit our community and citizens of all ages in the entire region.

Project Cost

Category Projected Cost Note
B2 & B3 (Cattle Barns) $1,110,084 2 – Multi-purpose Cattle Barns
B4 (Show Arena/Coliseum) $1,202,730 Multi-purpose structure
B5 (Small Animal Structure) $993,307 Multi-use structure
R2 (Restrooms/Showers Safe Room) $1,356,555 Year-round structure
Civil (Utilities, Roads, Demo) $782,845 Includes Storm Drainage
Total Pre-Covid: $5,248,220 Includes 6% Inflation Cost/Year
Project Projected Cost $5,248,220 Total Pre-COVID Projected Cost
Construction Inflation (15%) $787,233 COVID & Material Inflation
Cost Estimate at Barn Completion $6,035,453
Commitments -$4,431,403
FEMA Grant -$872,498
Total Needed For Project $731,552

Donor Levels

Name Amount Frequency Recognition
Profiteers $750,000-$1,249,999 3–5-year Barn 4 or 5 (Name in your honor)
Harvesters $500,000-$749,999 3–5-year Barn 2 or 3 (Name in your honor)
Growers $250,000-$499,999 3–5-year Rest/shower, HVAC, Elec, Plumb
Seedlings $100,000-$249,999 3–5-year Pens, Milking, Arena, Concession
Fertilizers $50,000 - $99,999 1-year Washing area, Overhead Doors
Planters $10,000 - $49,999 1-year Signage(Digital) Audio/Video
Tillers $1,000 - $9,999 1-year Other materials

Construction Timeline

Ideal & Aggressive

With Strong Support

Spring 2022: Prepare Project Area

Submit project plans for permitting
Summer 2022: Bid selection for project
Fall 2022: Complete civil/cement/pavement
Winter 2022: Construct Barn Replacement Project
Spring 2023: Complete project for 125th NWSF


For more information or to make a donation, please contact Rusty Volk at or call 715-723-2861 Ext. 102.

Thank you for your support!

Rusty Volk, CFE
Executive Director
Northern Wisconsin State Fair Association, Inc
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