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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 29, 2002

Governor Ryan Announces a New State Investment in the Duquoin Fairgrounds Show Horse Arena

DUQUOIN- Governor George H. Ryan today announced $2,660,000 for renovations to the Show Horse Arena at the DuQuoin State Fairgrounds.

The project includes the addition of a 66,000 square foot roof, 100 portable horse stalls, fire protection, lighting and restrooms. As a result of these renovations, the Department of Agriculture estimates that the Fairgrounds will be able to double the number of horses that it can host, injecting an estimated additional $2.94 million in spending to the local economy.

“This is an important investment for the DuQuoin Fair and for the economy of the entire community,” Governor Ryan said. “With these renovations, our experts are predicting we can boost local revenues from this Show Horse Arena to more than $7.5 million each year.”

The Show Horse Arena now generates approximately $4.62 million in local revenues each year as host to seven regular shows and the Labor Day Weekend show. The typical horse show held at the arena generates approximately $420,000 in local spending.

The arena is currently an open ring, seating 1500 people, with 8 horse shows held each year from April to September. Construction for renovation is expected to begin October 1, 2002 and will take approximately seven to eight months.



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