While the Elkhorn River flooding has slowly receded, the Washington County Fairgrounds in Arlington remain under water.

“It is heartbreaking to see the fairgrounds in this condition,” Fair Board member Kara Neuverth said in a released statement. “We all have such pride in it and it's a great asset for the community.”

The Fair Board is just starting to assess the damage to the fairgrounds. Estimates have not yet been made as board members have yet to get into all of the buildings.

Washington County Fairgrounds flooding

Flooded entrance to the Washington County Fairgrounds from U.S. Highway 30 on Saturday in Arlington.

However, they have been in the Rybin Building, which was remodeled in 2017. It has significant damage.

“But we have some pretty determined members and volunteers who are ready to get working,” Neuverth said.

Board members are reaching out to those who have upcoming events planned at the fairgrounds to look at options. They will do this case by case.

The rental calendar on the Washington County Fair's website showed the Rybin Building reserved most Saturdays through August.

“Our next step is to get the cleanup started in all buildings,” Neuverth said.

Washington County Fairgrounds flooding

A flooded announcer's booth at the Washington County horse show arena on the Washington County Fairgrounds on Saturday. Highway 30 and the Arlington Public Schools bus barn in the background. While the water has receded, much of the fairgrounds remained under water Wednesday.

The board hopes to announce a cleanup day once they have more information.

The 101st Washington County Fair is July 26-31.

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