Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Fairgrounds officially opens new arena with ribbon-cutting

Mesa County officials officially opened Mahindra Arena at the Fairgrounds this morning with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Fairgrounds Manager Jo Carole Haxel spoke at the short ceremony, as did Commissioner John Justman, Mesa County project manager Greg Linza and Steve Erickson of Grand West Tractor.

The Mesa County Fair Ambassadors cut the ribbon.

Attendees enjoyed quintessential fair refreshments: kettle corn and fresh-squeezed lemonade. Today is the first day of the 2015 Mesa County Fair (it continues through Saturday, July 18).

Erickson was influential in the arena's opening, letting the county use the Mahindra tractor, among other assistance.

Here are some photos from the ribbon-cutting: 

Fairgrounds Manager Jo Carole Haxel gives a brief welcome this morning before the ribbon is cut at Mahindra Arena.

The Mesa County Fair Ambassadors do the honors. 

The ribbon has been cut!

Attendees of the ribbon cutting got to enjoy fresh-squeezed lemonade.

Mesa County Commissioner John Justman addresses those gathered inside Mahindra Arena at the ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Here is one view of the new arena.

Greg Linza, Mesa County project manager, says a few words at the ribbon-cutting. 

Here's a shot of the other end of the arena and the crowd listening to the speakers at the ribbon-cutting event.

Steve Erickson of Grand West Tractor talks to those gathered at the ribbon-cutting. He was instrumental in the arena's construction - and name.

Steve Erickson of Grand West Tractor

Giant ceiling fans like this one circulate air within Mahindra Arena.

The Mahindra tractor was used in construction of the arena, thanks to Grand West Tractor.

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