February 27th, 2016

Written by Chuck Samples


Electrical worker on manlift working on transformers

Right after a power outage during the John Michael Montgomery concert last August, Westar crews installed several transformers near the grandstand area. More widespread improvements are coming this spring and summer. KVOE News file photo.

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In about three months, expect a lot of work at the Lyon County Fairgrounds.
Manager Sam Seeley joined KVOE’s Morning Show recently to give a status report on upcoming electrical upgrade after power went out at the grandstands during the early stages of the John Michael Montgomery concert.
The outage affected the grandstand, the Cloverleaf Diner and the vendors setting up between the grandstand and the Fairgrounds Anderson Building.
Westar added several transformers and the county contracted with BG Consultants for a study. Seeley says major changes are coming.
Seeley says all the Phase 1 work should be done in time for the 2016 Lyon County Fair. After that, the goal is to put booth vendors on their own separate grid. Light and safety issues near the Anderson Building will also be addressed and electric lines will also be buried as part of the second phase.
Cost estimates haven’t been finalized yet.
This will be the second straight year for a significant project at the Fairgrounds. Last year, the Anderson Building was redesigned.