From Tim Heider, Clackamas County Public Affairs Manager, (503) 742-5911 03-03-14

Clackamas County

Media and Interested Parties

Historic Livestock Barn closed at Clackamas County Event Center due to structural concerns

The historic Livestock Barn at the Clackamas County Events Center is closed for further notice because of structural deficiencies and public safety concerns.

The County Fair Board, after consultation with Clackamas County, closed the barn as a safety precaution during the recent snow storm and made the decision not to reopen after inspections raised questions about the condition of the facility.

The Livestock barn was built in 1924 and has been a staple of many events at the Canby Fairgrounds, including the County Fair ever since. In recent years, the building has shown signs of progressive decay including water damage to the roof and some foundation displacement.

The County Fair Board is making alternative arrangements for events currently scheduled at the building. The building is owned by Clackamas County but managed by the County Fair Board. The Clackamas County Fair and Events Center is undertaking a strategic plan study that includes evaluating the conditions of buildings and facilities.

No decisions have been made on the future of the Livestock Barn pending further structural analysis and estimates regarding repairing or replacing the facility.

It will remain closed until further notice.

For more information please contact Laurie Bothwell, Executive Director, Clackamas County Fair and Event Center at 503-266-1136 or ccfair@wavecable.com.

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