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A new beer garden and storage facility is up at the Border Days Arena.

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A new beer garden and storage facility is up at the Border Days Arena.

GRANGEVILLE — “It’s a new storage facility , with a built-in beer garden,” said Tanner Fogleman, president, Border Days Committee. Attendees to this year’s Border Days rodeos will see this new improvement on the grounds: a 30-by40-foot steel building adjacent to the arena’s south entrance. The structure has two vehicle bays, space for storage, and a beer garden. During the three-day event, the structure serves as the beer garden, and for the rest of the year it provides secure storage to preserve and protect committee equipment. “This will be a more versatile building for us,” he said. Construction started in mid-May by the committee, “paid for as we go,” Fogleman said. Total cost is around $25,000. “We’ve been saving really tight for years,” part of which comes in not holding the big-name concerts it had in the past. “Doing that helped us save a lot, and that goes to improve the event, provide more for our royalty and to especially upgrade our facility , which was really needed.” The need was threefold. In 2015, the City of Grangeville donated a surplus 1972 American Lafrance fire truck to the committee, which is primarily used in wetting down the arena during rodeos. This year, the committee purchased a horse trailer for the Border Days Royalty – replacing their individual trailers – and that is decorated in an American flag wrap and appliques of their major sponsors. Both these items needed to be securely stored. “We have a lot of trouble with vandalism there,” Fogleman said, primarily window damage from having items thrown at or BBs shot at windows. “It’s happened a lot in the past.” The third need was storage, as the committee’s existing facility was no longer available, due to one of its members retiring. This new building allows for items from flags to Main Street benches to be stored in one location. The committee is pleased to provide the new building that, more than just for utilitarian purposes, will benefit the grounds and provide a more spacious site for rodeo attendees to get and enjoy their beverages during the events.

“It’s a big improvement, for sure, to the facilities,” Fogleman said.


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