Concerns raised over grandstands
By Tim Linscott, Managing Editor
People could have had heart-pounding and anxious moments at the Perkins County Fair this year and it wasn’t necessarily from any of the arena events.
Two concerned grandparents, Jan Rahn and Shari Friedel, both of Grant, attended the Aug. 4 Perkins County Commissioners meeting to discuss their issues with the safety at the grandstands.
Due to spacing between the bleacher bottom and seat in the top row, a gap wide enough for a child to fall through was noticed by Rahn. There is also nothing to prevent a child falling backward on the top row. If a child were to fall through they would plummet nearly 18 feet.
After attending the demolition derby on July 26 at the fairgrounds, Rahn’s husband Harlan was concerned about a child possibly falling through the gap in the top row and becoming injured.
Weak boards throughout the grandstands was also a concern of the two residents.
Commissioners Sid Colson and Leon Pankonin were receptive to the dangers at the grandstands and agreed something needs to be done to ensure safety before the 2015 fair approaches.
Rahn and Friedel showed the commissioners a photo of Rahn at the top of the bleachers to show the potential dangers.
“We will look at it and bring it to the fair board’s attention,” Colson said.
It was noted at the meeting that Commissioner Steve Tucker, who was absent from the meeting, is planning to attend the next fair board meeting. County Clerk Rita Long added the concern to Tucker’s agenda items to discuss with the board.
Friedel suggested that the project of refurbishing the grandstands would be an excellent project for a community group or even an Eagle Scout project.