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Red River Valley Fairgrounds building a total loss after roof collapse; demolition started

Crews began demolishing Harvest Hall at the Red River Valley Fairgrounds after the roof collapsed Friday, March 15. Wendy Reuer / The Forum

WEST FARGO — After its roof collapsed earlier this month, a Red River Valley Fairgrounds building is considered a total loss and is in the process of being demolished.

Red River Valley Fair General Manager Bryan Schulz said about 67 vehicles were inside Harvest Hall when the roof collapsed after heavy snows and strong winds. Any damage to the vehicles inside would be covered by the owners' insurance, which is a provision of the fair's winter storage contracts.

Schulz said the fair board will decide at a later date if it will rebuild the hall and when. He said the board will likely need to rent a temporary structure for 2019 events.

"It's an integral building for the fair and Big Iron," Schulz said.

Crews began demolishing Harvest Hall Thursday, March 28. The 60-foot by 200-foot building was built in 1979 and was used to store vehicles over the winter. During the fair and the Big Iron Farm Show, the hall was filled with exhibits.

No one is believed to have been in the building when the roof collapsed.

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