Manitowoc Expo to be home to new cattle barn

Alisa M. Schafer
Wisconsin State Farmer
Abby Driscoll pets her cow, Amy, who won an honorable mention at the Manitowoc County Fair a few weeks ago.

MANITOWOC – A new dairy cattle barn will be built for the Expo-Ice Center just in time for the 2018 Manitowoc County Fair. 

The existing dairy cattle barn has already been demolished to make room for the new barn. Construction will begin in March and the project is expected to be done by Aug. 1, according to a press release. 

Vanessa Roberts, 17, of Whitelaw brings in her calf for the Junior Fair Beef and Open Class Beef judging on the second day of the Manitowoc County Fair Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2017, in Manitowoc, Wis. Roberts has been showing cattle since she was 10 years old. Josh Clark/USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin

In the press release, Expo-Ice Center Board Chairman Jerome Vetting said the new barn "will be the anchor of the Manitowoc County Fair and will ensure the existence of the Manitowoc County Expo and the fair at the current location." 

The project is expected to cost $623,700, which includes a lean-to roof to cover the wash racks and two ADA-accessible restrooms. According to the press release, Expo Facility Manager Jennell Krizek is working to secure a sponsor that will be given naming rights and is willing to fund additional amenities to the new building. 

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The county board has already approved $550,000 for the new barn and an additional $500,000 for other capital improvement projects throughout the Expo grounds in 2018.  

A grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony for the barn will be held during the week of the 2018 Manitowoc County Fair, Aug. 21-26.