New Building Project

It’s an exciting time to be engaged in the Hardin County Fair.

It’s an exciting time to be engaged in the Hardin County Fair. In 2019, The Hardin County Ag Society engaged in a strategic planning process to ensure the Hardin County Fair remains the area’s premier event. This includes constructing a multi-purpose state-of-the-art structure. This structure is one that will serve as a livestock complex during the Hardin County Fair, but will also serve as a source of revenue for the society in the off-season. The structure will provide an opportunity for even venue rentals and winter storage.

In 2021, we announced this audacious goal to the community. After lots of thinking, feedback, and revision, we’ve developed a plan that will serve the needs of all exhibitors.

Artist rendering of new building complex.


Expand infrastructure work beyond the Northwest corner to encompass new building locations. 

Building 1

Starting summer of 2025, we will construct building one to include a new small animal show arena and housing facility.

Buildings 2 & 3

Starting summer of 2026, construct buildings two and three, and relocate vendor camping spots, food vendors, and kids’ entertainment on the east end of the fairgrounds.

Building 4 Construction

Demolish old barns north of Show Arena

In the summer of 2027, construct building four and demolish the existing hog, sheep/goat, rabbit, and small animal show arena.

Horse Complex

Demolish remaining barns (south of Show Arena and Horse Barn)

Around 2028, construct a new horse complex (both barn and show arena) and demolish the remaining barns.

Repurpose Show Arena into Venue

Around 2029, the existing show arena will be repurposed into a venue.

Frequently Asked Questions

The short answer is nothing. We have a clean piece of paper and an opportunity. Note the conceptual drawing above. This is just one idea of what this structure could look like. We wanted to share our vision with you, our Hardin County community, and bring you along as we build this structure together for the future of our community.

We aren’t sure yet. Those numbers are currently being calculated by our partners, OHM Advisors.

The Hardin County Agricultural Society was approached by leaders in government about constructing this facility. Funds are available now, and we must act to secure said funds.

The current timeline is aggressive. We plan to begin demolition after the 2022 Hardin County Fair.

There’s no denying it. Our Show Arena is one of the most iconic, buildings on the fairgrounds, and one of the most unique show arenas in the state. The existing livestock complex will be razed. The board will find a way to honor the history of the show arena and the youth that have passed through it. 

While we don’t know exactly what the new structure will look like yet, one thing is certain. There will be room to house and exhibit all livestock projects on the fairgrounds. This includes a new show arena.

We can’t do this without you!

The Hardin County Ag Society invites the community to share their feedback. What do you want to see? What do you not want to see? Please let us know using the form below!

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