Community group plans on improving fair grounds entrance

Donations needed to make project happen
By: Amber Marra,
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This year’s members of Leadership Auburn group have their sights set on the High Street entrance of the Gold Country Fairgrounds.

Don Alef, project manager for Leadership Auburn, said the group had eight options for community service projects to choose from and the entrance to the fairgrounds was picked via a vote.

“We feel that this has the most benefit for the community and will leave a lasting impression of our leadership group as something we achieved together,” Alef said.

Leadership Auburn is a nine-month program that brings together business owners and residents who want to give back to the community. Each Leadership Auburn class chooses a community service project to undertake before their nine-month period is up.

The 15 members of the group and any volunteers that decide to join in fixing up the High Street entrance to the fairgrounds will take care of new landscaping and paving, remodeling the ticket booths, providing new signs for the area and correcting any other existing problems.

Alef said the group has not determined the projected cost for the project, but estimates it will come to between $25,000 and $35,000 to complete.

“Whatever we have over and above what we want we will leave for the fairgrounds to use for future beautification processes,” he said.

To get started on the entrance to the fairgrounds, Leadership Auburn has to raise the money and Alef said any donations are appreciated. Donations can be submitted to the Auburn Chamber of Commerce with checks notarized to “Leadership Auburn 2013 project.”

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