DSU Rodeo Grounds Set To Be Torn Down For Presidential Library

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Dickinson's Roughrider Days have come to an end, which means the DSU Rodeo grounds days are numbered.

The arena will be torn down this summer to make room for the Theodore Roosevelt presidential library and museum.

Twenty-eight years of memories.

The DSU Rodeo grounds has been home to the Roughrider Days Fair and Expo for almost three decades.

"it's kind of came into our home for quite a while. It was always supposed to be temporary. There was always supposed to be something else built, and now there is something being built," said Roughrider Commission President Justin Olson

This year marked the last Roughrider Days Fair and Expo at the arena. Roughrider Commission President Justin Olson says the commission isn't quite ready to say goodbye yet.

"it's kind of our home. Anytime you leave home, it's kind of one of those melancholy things," said Olson.

By the end of this summer, the bleachers will be scrapped, and the arena will be dismantled.

Olson says the commission is trying to get a group of volunteers together to break down this old arena and move it to be used as a practice arena at the Stark County Fairgrounds.

"it'll be a little bit of a change, but we're hoping they're going to be just as excited as we are. Start getting all the events happening on the same grounds," said Stark County Fair Association President LeeAnn Karsky.

Stark County Fair Association President LeeAnn Karsky says construction crews are getting ready to start building the arena and concession stands at the new fairgrounds.

Olson says although they'll miss their home, the commission is also looking forward to new beginnings.

"The whole commission is on board and excited to see the new facility done and excited to put our events on out there," said Olson.

The new fairgrounds is expected to be complete by this fall.