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Renovated restrooms highlighted

Male fairgoers who mistakenly walk into the women’s side of the Lake Avenue bathroom may get a pass, but just one.

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ABOVE: Commissioners and fair board members look inside the women’s bathroom at the Logan County Fairground. The bathrooms at the Lake Avenue entrance were completely redone. FRONT PAGE PHOTO: Logan County Commissioners, fair board members and Thomas Westerheide of Westerheide Construction pose for a ceremonial ribbon cutting Tuesday to show off the newly renovated restrooms at the Logan County Fairground. (EXAMINER PHOTOS | NATE SMITH)

Improvements to the newly renovated bathroom were spotlighted Tuesday during a ceremonial ribbon cutting staged by Logan County Commissioners Tony Core, John Bayliss and Dustin Wickersham.

The commission was joined by fair board members and Tom Westerheide, CEO of Westerheide Construction, the Sidney-based company that renovated the run-down restroom near the Lake Avenue entrance.

That the women’s bathroom is now on the other side of the building where the men’s bathroom used to be, is but one small difference in the overhauled facility.

Restrooms are now handicap accessible, and provide for greater privacy.

“The curtains in the women’s bathroom are gone,” fair board president Skip Jackson said. “They’ve been replaced with actual stalls, and there’s plenty of space on both sides of the bathroom.”

Water fountains have also been added outside the building. Commissioners and Mr. Jackson also openly wondered about selling advertising on the open wall that faces Lake Avenue.

Structural improvements include new flooring and new copper pipe, Mr. Jackson said. The bathrooms are now air-conditioned as well.

Total cost of the project was about $100,000 and paid for by Community Development Block Grant funds, which also helped pay for modest upgrades to the bathrooms at the Harding Street entrance.

“On behalf of the fair board, I want to commend the commissioners for helping get this done for us,” Mr. Jackson said.  

The fair begins Monday and runs through Saturday.

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