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Barn Replacement Project 2022-2023

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.

See Barn Replacement Project Slideshow Below

Project Cost

Category Probable 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) $684,195 Includes Storm Drainage
Less Civil & Utilities in R2 estimate -$98,650 Utilities covered in FEMA Grant
Total: $5,248,220 Includes 6% inflation cost/year ($276,153.73 for 2022)
Probable FEMA Grant: -$670,692
Total Less FEMA Grant: $4,577,528

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

Fall 2021: Prepare Project Area
Spring 2022: Address Project Area for 2021 Fair and Events
Goal to complete Restroom/Shower structure
Summer 2022: Mid-July start barn construction
Fall 2022: Complete barn construction
Winter 2022: Finish Barn Replacement Project
Spring 2023: Address signage and details for 125th NWSF
2022 NWSF will be adjusted to accommodate Animal Housing


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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