To the Editor:

I was saddened to see that the Fair Board is proposing that the old sale barn be torn down. (Eagle, Feb. 15) The sale barn has played an important part in the lives of almost all Grant County ranchers and their families for many years.

When the new barn was built by Arlene Oliver and her group, every effort was made to ensure that the old barn survived. Inquiries were made as to the feasibility of moving the old building to another location within the Fairgrounds, careful measurements were made to determine if there was room to construct the new barn while still keeping the Old Barn. It seems that the entire County was dedicated to the idea of saving the old building. Fortunately, it all worked out.

I invite anyone to see if there is a better sight than to exit the Pavilion and see that grand old building across the path with the big tree to the right. Its weathered old boards have seen the coming and going of countless hundreds of sellers and buyers of all ages. It is the most significant structure on the grounds. It must be saved.

Funds have been raised to place banners and planter boxes along Main Street and donations are being sought to put signs along the highway to welcome visitors. Surely we can save that grand old building for future generations.

Claude Baker

John Day

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