Fair board to erect new goats, sheep building

Goats and sheep will have a new home during this year’s county fair.

The Johnson County Fair Board wants to build a new livestock facility, which will be just west of the indoor arena. The building will measure 120 feet by 160 feet with 16-foot-tall walls, said Larry Vanedenburg, president of the fair board. The indoor arena, by comparison, is 160 feet by 88 feet.

Horses and ponies will be able to use the facility, but during the fair the primary use will be for goats and sheep.

The existing sheep space will house swine during the fair.

Donations are being accepted by the fair board to finance the project, which is expected to be built by June, Vandenberg said.