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Auburn, Calif.- The Placer County Board of Supervisors clearly liked what it saw Tuesday when it reviewed plans for renovating the historic High Street entrance to the Gold Country Fairgrounds in Auburn.

Board members heard a detailed update on the project from its sponsor, the Leadership Auburn Class of 2013.

Leadership Auburn is a nonprofit group organized by the Auburn Chamber of Commerce Foundation. It was created to identify community leaders, help prepare them for the future and foster a spirit of cooperation among them.

Leadership Auburn is proposing to place a steel archway sign at the entrance similar to one that greeted visitors for many years. The project also calls for new landscaping, signs, brick pavers, concrete paving, steel log poles, benches, renovated ticket booths and a host of other improvements. The group also is proposing to create a courtyard where visitors can congregate when they enter the fairgrounds.

Leadership Auburn has raised more than $16,000 by hosting two fund-raising events and has received support from many local businesses and organizations throughout the community. The 17-member class already has started work on the project. 

“We don’t want to do just one thing,” explained Don Ales, Leadership Auburn’s project manager. “We want to do the whole enchilada.”

Michael Emmert and Mike Carson of Leadership Auburn also addressed the board. The group hopes to do construction work in May and June and complete the project before the end of June.

“It’s just absolutely phenomenal,” Supervisor Jennifer Montgomery said of the work completed so far.     

“We also need the support of the community,” Carson told the board, emphasizing that the group has a lot of fund-raising left to do.  

Supervisors emphasized that the project will benefit the Gold Country Fair, City of Auburn and Placer County.
“We will be helping you as much as we can,” said board Chairman Jim Holmes.

The historic High Street entrance to the state-owned fairgrounds is located at 1273 High St. east of Auburn Folsom Road.

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