A $257,000 contract for construction of two buildings on the Davis County fairgrounds was approved last week by the County Commission. If construction begins soon enough, the two structures will be ready for the county's fair the first weekend in August.

The county is building one 10,000-square-foot display and exhibit building and a second 5,000-square-foot structure housing restrooms, concessions, offices and storage space.They will be built on the county's new fair site in west Farmington adjacent to the horse-racing track, according to county planner Barry Burton. The fair, except for livestock events, was canceled last year because there are no exhibit buildings on the new site.

Burton said the structures are designed for multiple uses and will be used throughout the year, not just for the week of the county fair. Farmington City has already inquired about leasing one building for basketball and volleyball for its recreation program, he said.

In a related action, the commission transferred $198,000 into the fair budget to help pay for the construction. The money was earmarked in last year's budget, but only $60,000 was spent on the fair site for other construction projects, according to budget analyst LaMar Holt.

At the end of the budget year, the leftover money was carried over as a fund balance and had to be reallocated for the construction since the contract was not approved until the 1991 budget year, Holt said.

The commissioners took the $198,000 not spent from last year, allocating it to the construction of the buildings, and added another $60,000 from the county's contingency fund to cover the full construction costs.