Repairs to the grandstand roof at the state fairgrounds won’t be finished by the time the fair begins.

“I suppose in a perfect world, everything would have been completed prior to the start of the fair,” said Illinois Department of Agriculture Spokesman Jeff Squibb. “It will be substantially completed before the fair.”

Workers started replacing damaged roof decking and beams Wednesday. That portion of the job should be done by the end of next week. Workers will come back after the fair and install metal roof panels for that section.


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A $60,000 emergency contract was approved in May after inspectors found water seeping through rotting joists and decking. Squibb says neither the state’s chief procurement officer, nor the Capital Development Board, held up the repairs. “The project has followed procurement rules,” Squibb said.

He says the repairs will be weather-tight and won’t affect any grandstand activities or concerts, some of which are sold out.

The State Fair runs Aug. 8-17.

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