Amidst the round of budget cuts within Jackson County, some projects are still moving forwards. The Expo, over the weekend of April 13, placed sod in the area north of the Mace building, an area formerly a dust bowl with a couple of trees in the middle.
It is a high traffic area during the County Fair and when the wind blows, it can cause some highly irritated eyes. Fair Board Members Mel Morris and J. B. Dimick couldn’t see why it should remain that way, so they began looking for resources to remedy the situation. Dimick got on the phone and started looking for donations.
First to step up to the plate was West Coast Pipeline who did all the site prep work, including all the grading and setting vaults to the proper grade for correct drainage and they also supplied soil to replace the hardened clay that was capable of growing nothing. When the work crews got there on Saturday morning, the site was completely ready to lay the sod.
Dinsdale Farms Grants Pass donated 28,000 sq. ft. of sod to cover the space. Dinsdale is one of the largest farms in the entire state and has farms in Josephine and Jackson Counties as well as Lake County. To get that sod to the Expo required some major league transportation, and it was provided by Damon Livestock Company who provided the truck and a driver. It took three loads to move the 28,000 sq. ft. of sod.
Once the sod arrived at the Expo, there was still plenty of work to be done, and that was accomplished by expo employees and a large contingent of equestrian clubs that benefit greatly from their use of the Expo. The actual laying of the sod, with all hands present, actually took just over two hours. From then it was a matter of watering the sod to prevent wilt and to encourage rooting.
Now during the hot weather that accompanies our county fairs, there should be a cool spot to rest on a picnic table beneath the trees while watching events or enjoying lunch. This is a large donation for all the citizens of Jackson County to enjoy and is greatly appreciated by those who make use of the facility.