Although fire safety issues have been documented, the 4-H Livestock Auction will be held at the Teton County, Wyoming Heritage Arena Friday.
4-H members will auction off livestock they entered into competition at the Teton County Fair earlier in the week.
Teton County Fair Manager Rachel Grimes said occupancy in the arena may exceed the fire code limit of 160 people at one time. She says the county is working with the Jackson Hole Fire/EMS to ensure extra precautions are taken to maintain the safety of people and livestock.
“The Heritage Arena is the best location for the 4-H Livestock Auction,” said Teton County Fire Marshal Kathy Clay. “This auction is during daylight hours, all doors will be open, and there will Fire Watch and door counters in place, in event of an emergency.”
Grimes and Clay both recognize that if the Arena is to hold large events in the future, its fire code occupancy is an issue that must be addressed. Clay flagged her concerns about the facility earlier this year.
A fire alarm system and emergency lighting would have to be installed.
The Heritage Arena was built on the Teton County Fairgrounds property in 2006 to host livestock and agricultural events. It offers 49,000 square-feet of indoor, heated space and 27,000 feet of riding space.
The 4-H Livestock Registration and Reception starts at 4 p.m. Friday, followed by the 4-H Livestock Auction at 5 p.m.