Walton County Fairgrounds Updates their Facility

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Since the late 1950's the Walton County Fair Association has brought a lot to the county and DeFuniak Springs with their fair week.

Over the decades, the vendors and rides have changed, while the actual facility has remained the same.

One of the major reasons is a lack of money.

But earlier this month, Governor Rick Scott singed the state budget, which contains $750,000 to renovate the Walton County Fairgrounds.

"This is by far the biggest expansion we have asked for, and probably the biggest expansion that we have received,” said Danny Glidewell, Vice President of the Walton County Fair Association.

The money will go towards their bathrooms, entertainment and vendor rooms, and overall maintenance of the facility.

“That is going to go a long way to improving that site, for the people of Walton County,” said Walton County Commissioner Bill Chapman.

There are other amenities Glidewell would like to renovate as well.

"We would also like to restructure and rebuild our animal barn, so we can have more animals to exhibit during the fair week,” said Glidewell.

Glidewell is hopeful the renovations will not only help those who participate during fair week, but also all year round.

"As we modernize the facility that our buildings will be more useful to the community and we can expand their rent ability."

Glidewell say the renovations should begin in early 2015.