A new barn for the Poultry Club at the Putnam County Fairgrounds depends on bids and meeting a budget of about $16,000 for materials and construction.
The project has the support of the Putnam County Fair Board, as well as a $5,000 commitment from the Putnam County Commissioners. Adding that to the $11,000 now committed from the Poultry Club and through generous donations, the only hurdle is finding a builder to get the job done within the cost limit.
Poultry Club Supt. Clint Maddox told the board Monday that building materials have been estimated at around $7,500. Another estimate for materials came in around $9,100.
But Maddox said he was concerned about using volunteer labor for the project, due to the liability of someone getting injured in the process.
The Fair Board agreed, and directed him to bring bids for the project back to the fair board.
The board did note it is not likely the project will be completed in time for this year's county fair.
The Fair Board's long-range planning committee has identified the area south of the Rabbit Barn as a good site for the poultry building. Connecting the two barns with a shared show arena is also a possibility, and the Rabbit Club has kicked in funding for that purpose.