Richards Building Renovation Project



Does your organization need a space for an event that's convenient and well-known? A space that's available any month you choose? Perhaps your family needs a place for a reunion, or a landmark birthday? The Richards Building Renovation Committee is working to provide such a venue at the Sussex County Fairgrounds by upgrading the "big blue building" to accommodate events year round.


The Richards Building is the 40-year-old building which houses so many exhibits during the Fair. The only building in existence when the Fair came to Plains Road, the Richards Building is used heavily throughout the year as well as Fair week by many groups. Included in these groups are a number of non-profit organizations. All of this takes its toll on the facility.

Existing Richards Building

Proposed Addition Elevation
Proposed Richards Building Front Elevation


The first phase has already been completed. The interior steel framework has been painted and drainage was added around the building to prevent flooding. This year's phase 2 is to build a 2000 square food storage addition to free up more floor space. The addition of a firewall is needed in order to bring the building up to code. This phase will cost $135,000.

Phase I Painting: Complete
Phase I Drainage: Complete


The Renovation Committee is reaching out to the community for donations of any amount to help defray costs. When the entire project is completed, the building will be an asset to the entire community and with heating added, will be able to host more community events year round.


In the future, new exterior siding, flooring, electrical & lighting upgrades, insulation, fans and heating will be added.


The Richards Building Renovation Committee is committed to raising money in many different ways. Members of the community have already stepped forward to start the project. If you are able to make a contribution, checks should be mailed to New Jersey State Fair, P.O. Box 2456, Branchville, NJ 07826, attention: L. Pellow. Make checks payable to New Jersey State Fair, and put Richards Bldg. Restoration in the memo. For more information, call the Fairgrounds at 973-948-5500.




THE 100 DIAMONDS FUND DONORS


(As of November 1, 2016)

THIS FUND REPRESENTS MANY LEVELS OF DONATIONS TO THE RICHARDS BUILDING RENOVATIONS PROJECT, WITH A MINIMUM OF $1,000 GIVEN.

GOLD LEVEL

Selective Insurance Group Foundation

SILVER LEVEL

Sussex County Beekeepers
Springfest Garden Show
Home & Hobby Committee
The Lange Family (Rob, Denise, Brian, Sean & Nicole)
Art In Sussex County Committee

BRONZE LEVEL

CKW Advisors, LLC

100 DIAMONDS

Advanced Group.NetThorlabs
Aldo & Nancy SayreHarold & Lois Pellow
Steve & Lynn OkesonSparta Kiwanis
Fair History CommitteeMary & Paul Emilius
Kennel Club of Northern New JerseyPeggy Cofrancesco
Charles Schaffer AssociatesSussex County Horse Show
Brian & Rosamond LockwoodLakeland Bank
Beverly & Bruce GordonDr Scott J Ruvo
Sussex County 4-H Teen CouncilDoris & Howard Worts
Ronald & Denise StagnariNewton Kennel Club
In Memory of Lois Chammings by the Ag DivisionC&W Aero Services
Lois Chammings Memorial FundElenora L Benz
The Ruggiero Family/Iliff Ruggiero Funeral HomeBrodhecker Farm
Tri State Insurance Agency
Sussex County 4-H Rabbit Clubs, In Memory of Lois Chammings
Partridge Ridge Farm/Lisa Chammings
North Jersey Antique Engine & Machine Club


PHASE 2 AMOUNT NEEDED: $135,000.00

100 DIAMONDS FUND TO DATE: $72,390.51