Setting up Davis fair is a fairly big job

Aug 12 2011 - 11:21pm

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Danny Chavez paints stand-up photo boards as he works to set up for the Davis County Fair on Thursday at the Legacy Events Center grounds in Farmington.
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Enrique Naba carries pieces for a tent structure at the Davis County Fair on Thursday at the Legacy Events Center grounds in Farmington.
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Mike Carter, a maintenance worker with the Legacy Events Center, uses a tractor to move a set of bleachers as he and others work to set up for the Davis County Fair on Thursday.
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Danny Chavez paints stand-up photo boards as he works to set up for the Davis County Fair on Thursday at the Legacy Events Center grounds in Farmington.
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Enrique Naba carries pieces for a tent structure at the Davis County Fair on Thursday at the Legacy Events Center grounds in Farmington.
ANTHONY SOUFFLE/Standard-Examiner 
Mike Carter, a maintenance worker with the Legacy Events Center, uses a tractor to move a set of bleachers as he and others work to set up for the Davis County Fair on Thursday.

FARMINGTON -- The clanking of tent poles being unloaded by workers from a semi-truck trailer and workers giving construction directions contribute to the 600 hours of labor to be performed the next few days in preparation for the Davis County Fair.

The four-day fair, with the theme "Viva Las Davis," will open at noon Wednesday. The event will be held at the Legacy Events Center grounds, 151 S. 1100 West.

Admission to the fair is free.

"It's a million little things," Legacy Events Center director Dave Hansen said of preparing the fairgrounds.

Based on what projects still need to be tackled, Hansen's use of the word "little" may be optimistic.

The task list for the next few days, in addition to canopy setup, includes checking the seats in the indoor horse arena, transforming the on-site BMX track back into the outdoor horse arena, and renovating the horse stalls in the north barn to make room for the pigs and goats for the junior livestock show, Hansen said.

Some painting also needs to be done, he said.

"It is a huge undertaking, and you want the grounds to look their best."

Eight crew members from Diamond Rental of Murray are helping county workers meet their deadline of having everything in place in time for Wednesday's fair opening.

"We have been doing (the Davis County Fair) for about 15 years," said Amy Mawhinney, event sales specialist for Diamond Rental.

Each year, the county puts out to bid the rental of equipment, supplies and additional work staff needed for the fair, Hansen said, with Diamond Rental selected based on its lowest bid.

The consecutive low bids submitted by Diamond Rental can be attributed to the company being in such close proximity to the county fairgrounds, Hansen said.

This year's rental agreement contract between the Legacy Events Center and Diamond Rental is for $27,400.

An estimated 40,000 people will attend this year's four-day fair, Hansen said. That attendance figure estimate has doubled in the past six years.

There is no exact gate count from year to year because admission to the fair is free, Hansen said.

Megan Hatch, Davis County Fair coordinator, said she is pleased with the acts that have been booked for this year's fair and is "super-excited" to offer actor/singer Tyler Hilton from the television series "One Tree Hill" on Friday and entertainer/piano player Jason Hewlett on Aug. 20. Both performances are free.

For a schedule of events, visit www.davisfair.org or call 801-451-4080.

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