In 1912 the Coos County Fair & Rodeo was originally
established as the Coos and Curry County Fair.
It’s not real clear when the food booths were first constructed – but a
tradition was born with early fairs.
More than 100 years later, we find ourselves repairing and
replacing old buildings on a shoestring budget.
The last 30 years has seen the loss of the old horse barns, the old
livestock barns and milking parlor, the grandstand with commercial exhibits and
our oak grove. The next building to be demolished will be the nostalgic food
booths – home of the Bridge Grange Booth, Lyons Booth and now the Boy Scouts
We need the community’s support as we embrace
this huge undertaking. Our vision is to
recapture the nostalgia of the early buildings while giving a design nod to the
grassroots days of our county and our fair.
The Loafing Shed, so named for the structure built on the side of a barn, will be constructed in a heavy-timbered, horse barn style the will “tip it’s hat” to the history of our old fair.
Size: The re-visioned facility will accommodate up to 6 food purveyors and still offer room for covered seating (or an evening dance).
Style: Beyond the standard,
boring pole barn, the Loafing Shed boasts 4 gables, a cupola, tongue &
grooved ceiling deck and plenty of elbow room!
Patio festoon lights will further the warm and cozy atmosphere for
Green Spaces: Courtyards on the east and west sides will provide social spaces for morning coffee and evening shade to enjoy watching the fun activities. The west courtyard will include a grape arbor to provide that ambiance and evening shade. The final project will also include new tree plantings to further enhance green spaces and “that country feel” at the fairgrounds
Environmentally Friendly: The Loafing Shed will be solar-ready. The Energy Trust of Oregon and Sol-Coast has worked together to establish minimum construction standards to allow for future solar panel installation.