May 5, 2010 7:18 PM by Greg Boyce
The Colorado State Fair has a new venue in which to present shows and other activities. It's a fabric tension structure that looks something like a high-tech tent.
It's part of a partnership with Hansen WeatherPORT Corp. in Delta, Colorado. The sponsorship provides an 18,000 square foot building to be used year-round at the fair. It also includes a sponsorship with the Giodone family of Pueblo, Colorado, which provides the concrete foundation for the WeatherPORT structure.
Jim Keehne, CEO of WeatherPORT expressed his company's excitement over the partnership: "We are a Colorado company and have maintained a special interest in the agriculture and ranching community. Our durable units feature the ability to be moved to other locations and be put to multiple uses. With the type of shelters we provide-the units can be small or large, made to fit special needs, providing the flexibility to repurpose-WeatherPORT had an answer for the Colorado State Fair and exactly what many agricultural businesses need today. "
The new WeatherPORT building will allow the State Fairgrounds to host additional events including "Honky Tonk Rodeo Nights" that kicks off Saturday, May 8. The Honky Tonk Rodeo Nights will offer live country music from local bands. Doors open at 8 p.m. Parking is free through Gate 8 and the cover charge is $5 per person. No one under 21 will be admitted.
Saturday, May 8
Better Tomorrow & The Silver Eagle Band
Saturday, June 5
Saturday, June 12
Saturday, July 10
Saturday, July 17
Big Cat Band
Saturday, August 7
Saturday, August 14
Rock Creek Road
Proceeds from the Honky Tonk Rodeo Nights will go to help the rodeo committee make improvements to the annual PRCA sanctioned rodeo held during Colorado State Fair August 27 - 31.
The 2010 Colorado State Fair runs from August 27 - September 6, 2010. For more information, visit www.coloradostatefair.com. For more information on WeatherPORT, visit www.weatherport.com.