Britt Salmon of Central Point, left, and Boris Sigalov of Medford cut through cinder blocks to change the doorways of Padgham Pavilion at the Jackson County Expo. - Bob Pennell

Building a better Expo

With the Jackson County Fair just a few weeks away, workers are putting the finishing touches on a $100,000 makeover of the Padgham Pavilion at the Expo.

During a quarter-horse show Thursday, workers cut through concrete blocks to take out old steel doors to replace them with new ones.

"They'd taken such a beating over the years," said Jay Dahle, owner of Jay Dahle Truck and Backhoe of Gold Hill. "They've repaired them and repaired them."

The 7,500-square-foot building has a new roof, new floors in the kitchen and automatic flush toilets. The old wooden facing has been replaced with metal to match the new solar collector pavilion.

Expo Director Chris Borovansky said the building will get new kitchen counters and cabinets.

"It wasn't the sexiest of repairs, but for a building that gets as much use as that one it was badly needed," said Borovansky.

The building is used almost every weekend for such events as car shows, stamp shows, microbrew and wine tasting, the orchid show, the Rotary auction and Ducks Unlimited.

The pavilion is named after Henry Padgham (pronounced PAJ-um), who was Jackson County commissioner from 1966 to 1974, then worked as the county's property management officer and director of the Department of Coordinated Services. During Padgham's tenure, the county started buying land for the Expo Center. Padgham died in 1995 at age 92.

During the fair, the building is used for exhibits such as quilts and preserved foods, as well as for the 4-H Club.

Work should be completed in about a week, well before the fair starts, he said. The construction is being paid out of a maintenance budget, said Borovansky.

Some of the highlights of this year's fair include free admission on Sunday, July 22. A motocross event will be held on that day. Borovansky said these types of events have been popular in the past.

The fair will also feature a gravity ride and new rides for children.

A new water war game in an enclosed area will have a water cannon.

Borovansky said the any game involving water is helpful, particularly when temperatures can hit 100. "It's a little warm during the fair sometimes," he said.

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