Visitors to the Benton-Franklin County Fair and Rodeo in August will be happy to know the fairgrounds will have brand-spankin' new energy-efficient bathrooms.
The $636,000 project, which was unveiled Thursday, is a 2,400-square-foot building in the middle of the fairgrounds, near the old facility. It has 40 stalls and is equipped with sinks that conserve water and hand blow-dryers, said Dean Docken, Benton County facilities manager.
"The new restroom building is twice as big as the old one, and took about 170 days to build," Docken said. "It's also air-conditioned where the old one wasn't. It was much needed and a good start to improving the fairgrounds."
Benton County Commissioner Jim Beaver said the restroom makeover is just one of several improvement projects the county has planned for the fairgrounds.
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He said other projects planned in coming months include landscaping in the main parking lot, Wi-Fi availability and a new digital reader board at the fairgrounds entrance.