Fair foundation launches memorial plaza

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The Douglas County Fair Foundation has begun efforts to raise money to install a permanent memorial plaza on the county fairgrounds.

The foundation board hosted a luncheon April 4 to begin the effort to install the Heritage Plaza Memorial as a permanent structure on the fairgrounds. The memorial will provide a place to recognize notable county residents, said Bruff Shea, foundation president.

“There is so much going on at the fairgrounds,” he said. “It has become a year-round facility.”

The foundation is a nonprofit corporation operated by volunteers with a goal to provide financial support to the Douglas County fair and rodeo. The foundation aims to educate residents about the county’s Western heritage, encourage family activities like 4-H through the fair and rodeo and build community engagement to support the fair.

Engagement began with a $25,000 donation by Castle Rock’s Medved Autoplex and another $10,000 donated by area businesses. With the launch of the fundraising, Medved and other high level donors will gain permanent recognition in the Heritage Plaza. The overall goal is to raise $500,000, Shea said.

“We’re proud to be a part of this,” said Diana Blanch, Medved executive assistant. “We hope everybody jumps on board.”

Once constructed, the plaza will feature brick pavers available for $250 that residents can purchase to memorialize a friend, associate or family member. Construction is expected to begin in May in hopes of completing the plaza by this year’s fair, said Jonna-Negus Pemberton, fairgrounds manager.

For more information about the Heritage Plaza and the Douglas County Fair Foundation, call 720-733-6900.

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