Barn Replacement Project

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Barn Replacement Project

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 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 -$3,897,629
FEMA Grant -$801,969
Total Needed For Project $1,335,855

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
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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