- Fairbury News staff
Rotary sees new race building
Almost one year after the old office was torn down, the new office complex and multi-purpose building at the Fairbury Speedway is ready for its inaugural Fairbury Fair.
“We have fantastic people throughout Fairbury that make this possible,” speedway owner and promoter Matt Curl told members of the Fairbury Rotary on Tuesday.
Local Rotarians received a tour of the building and enjoyed a lunch meeting in the hospitality area. Curl told the story behind the building and admitted it was not an easy decision to tear down the old structure to make room for a new one, especially with all of the local history involved.
“I knew when we got through with the project that it would be a very exciting time to see the new growth of what is happening with the speedway and the fair also.”
Curl has already hosted numerous meetings at the facility which opened in May during the start of the regular racing season. It is the perfect place for Curl and his staff to do business in an accommodating atmosphere.
“We hosted Scotty McCreery already and had some NASCAR stars in here,” Curl said.
The project became a reality on October 1, 2020 with plenty of engineering work and blueprints. The former structure was demolished just two days after the 2021 fair.
“Once we had a chance to put this together, it turned out fantastic.”
Work is almost complete, although Curl notes there are a few “odds and ends” which still need to be addressed. Curl said every single dollar that went into the building was from a sponsor or local business and they tried to stay as local as possible to invest back into the community.
“I’m 45 years old, I’m going to be in Fairbury for the rest of my life and I wanted a place that was going to be here well past my tenure here,” Curl added.
In addition to the hospitality area, the new building features a ticket office, garage, media room, ice machine and even a washer and dryer.