By Robert Proctor
The Cuero Record
It’s almost like beating a dead horse, as everything comes with the coronavirus pandemic caveat at this time. That fact is no different for renovations at Cuero’s Friar Ag Center. Despite months of lagging, construction is now underway and all of the money is in the City of Cuero’s bank account.
That said, there are still funds to be raised to cover the remaining $2 million.
“This COVID deal has sort of made everybody shut down, and we’ve shut down a little bit,” DeWitt County extension agent Anthony Netardus said.
The Cuero Livestock Show board met Wednesday, July 15 to get the ball rolling again with fundraising plans for this massive renovation. The good news is construction started July 6 with Weaver & Jacobs, and they plan to have enough complete to hold the stock show next spring.
As of mid-July, there are five sites within the Friar Ag Building, where they have received donations for naming rights: the new stage area ($100,000 from TrustTexas Bank), the west room of the new homemaking building ($50,000 for the Glynn & Arnelda Carter Memorial Meeting Room), the new photo-taking area ($50,000 from Shirley & Robert Ibrom), the large upstairs meeting room ($50,000 for the Schulle Memorial Meeting Room) and the elevator ($25,000 in honor of Greg Gossett).
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