LANCASTER – City officials have promised the Antelope Valley Fair $200,000 to help fund the construction of a livestock show arena. With the city’s contribution, the fair now has lined up $600,000 of the arena’s estimated $700,000 price tag. The fair has not yet determined where it will get the remaining $100,000. “I’m confident we’ll come up with the money,” said Dan Jacobs, the fair’s general manager. Fair officials are hoping to have the new arena in place for the 2006 Antelope Valley Fair and Alfalfa Festival in August. The City Council agreed Tuesday night to provide $200,000 of the $300,000 the fair board had requested for the project. City Manager Bob LaSala was directed to put funding for the project in the city’s midyear budget update, said Mayor Frank Roberts. The 12,000-square-foot arena will be half-again bigger than the Jaqua Arena at the old downtown fairgrounds from which the fair relocated two years ago. The new arena will be connected to the clock tower and similar in appearance to the red-and-white livestock barns on each side. The arena will host one of the fair’s signature events, the junior livestock auction. For the past two fairs, the event has been held inside a tent. “It’s going to make life so much nicer for the exhibitors,” Jacobs said. The new arena will be named after attorney R. Rex Parris, whose law firm donated $200,000. The donation is the largest single monetary contribution in the fair’s history. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!