Grandstand roof won't be fixed in time for Fair, still safe

SPRINGFIELD -- The Illinois State Fair opens in one week, but repairs to the fairgrounds' grandstand roof will not be done in time for the fair to open.

However, State Fair leaders still say the grandstand will be safe for those attending concerts and races.

State fair spokesman Jeff Squibb says the grandstand "will be watertight and usable." He says there won't be "any rescheduling or displacement of events."

Squibb says it took longer than expected to order and receive metal sheeting. In May, workers found wood debris from the roof fallen into a section of seats. Work should be finished by August 28th, before Labor Day motorcycle races.

Repairs cost nearly $260,000; a Springfield roofer is doing the work.

For a full list of State Fair grandstand events, click here.
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