City of Tioga updating Farm Festival building

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TIOGA, N.D. - First, Williston built the ARC. Wednesday, Watford City is putting the finishing touches on the Roughrider Center. Now, Tioga is looking to add its name to the list of towns with new community centers.

While the Farm Festival Building has been around a while, it's time for a change.

"The current structure is old and it's a little small, and we need to update," says Chris Norgaard, President, Economic Development Corp.

A committee has been formed to look into renovating the building or replacing it altogether. They recognize they can't compete with a structure like the ARC.

"We gotta start realistic. And replacing what we have is realistic," says Norgaard.

The committee is looking into a plan that would leave opportunities to further expand down the line while continuing to provide for current needs.

"I think that that's a smart move just because it keeps them from getting over their head," says Rhonda Sagrilla, White Earth

And the community also believes the structure needs a face lift.

"I think it would be a good thing because I think it would bring more people into the community and would help out the local businesses, bring some revenue into the area. It would be good," says Sagrilla.

Tioga has grown and developed over the last few years, and officials want to continue to grow despite the oil slowdown.

"So even though we're post-boom, we're seeing the fruition of our work through the boom, and now we've got product that isn't going to get beat up by the boom," says Norgaard.

The committee says it hopes to keep the cost of the project under $2.5 million.

A Tioga bank donated money so the committee could begin exploring the process.