KOSSUTH COUNTY FAIR PREVIEW: Does Kossuth County have state's oldest grandstand?
ALGONA—The Kossuth County Fair will provide a wide variety of entertainment this year and some of it will be in front of the 90-year-old grandstand. How long a grandstand should survive will partially depend on how well it’s built and a 90-year run is a credit to the builders and the investors who wouldn’t settle for anything mediocre.
1930—In June of 1930 the Algona Community Club started canvassing Algona businessmen and investors offering interest-bearing certificates issued by the fair association to raise funds to build the new grandstand at the fairgrounds. The certificates offered a 6 percent interest rate making investors easy to find. At the time the value of the fairgrounds including the buildings, equipment, halls, barns and 33 and 1/2 acres of land, was valued at $50,000. There were no liabilities and no debts hanging over or affecting the land. The cost of the new grandstand was estimated to be $14,000. By the time the grandstand was completed it cost $18,000. Certificates sold came to $16,000 and the fair association covered the remainder. The old grandstand was more than 20 years old at this time.
Get lots more information on this in the July 29 Kossuth County Advance print edition.