A South Dakota fair ground will soon sport new seating for the thousands of people who attend the annual rodeo event.
The century-old wooden grandstands at the Black Hills Roundup in Belle Fourche are being demolished and will be replaced with steel-and-aluminum grandstands with a roof.
Public Works Director Dirk Hoffman says the goal is to finish demolition work by Sept. 1 and have all the concrete work complete before it freezes. Project officials hope to have the project complete in time for the Black Hills Roundup’s 100th anniversary in July.
City Council approved the more than $1.3 million project last year after growing safety concerns. Mayor Gloria Landphere says the city’s general fund reserves and third penny/hospitality tax revenue reserves will contribute funds.