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Fairground renovation projects complete for 2013

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Since June, crews have been busy working to finish renovations at the South Plains Fairgrounds.

The first improvement fair-goers will see is the new ticketing gate at gate four, the entrance to the carnival.

This will make ticketing much quicker and more efficient, and it should keep fair-goers out of the roads as they wait in line.

But perhaps the largest renovation is a complete facelift to the exterior of the Fair Park Coliseum.

All it took was to a few coats of fresh paint and brand new doors to take several years off the building that has hosted thousands of fair events.

South Plains Fair Manager Herb Higgs says the project was long-awaited but the time and costs were well worth it.

"It's taken quite a bit of resources, but obviously we want to keep the fairgrounds," Higgs said. "We've been working on it for the past 12 years since I've been here, trying to make the appearance a lot better."

The projects together cost around $230,000.

Higgs said that after years of doing underground renovations inside the coliseum, this year he was finally able to make the outside a top priority.

The new digs are making a difference in the appearance of the fairgrounds from up close and far away.

"It'll look really, really good," Higgs said. "We think it'll put a bright, fresh face on the fairgrounds, particularly when you're going up 27 or you're on the Marsha Sharp Freeway."

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