Local county fairs receive state grants - WNEM TV 5

Local county fairs receive state grants

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Three local county fair authorities have received grants from the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD). 

The Saginaw County Fair of Chesaning received $16,051.  The money will be used to develop handicap-accessible paths to the livestock barns.  The Lapeer County Agricultural Society of Imlay City was allocated $9,187  to upgrade fluorescent light fixtures to T-8 efficient light fixtures.  The Shiawassee County Fair of Corunna received $4,108 for a state of the art septic system for a bathroom project.

"The awarded grants provide a unique opportunity for our state's county fairs to enhance their fairground facilities and infrastructure," said Clover Adams. "Michigan's local county fairs play a vital role in our agricultural economy by helping to maintain a connection to rural communities and youth development."

The department received a total of 61 proposals.  Of those, MDARD awarded  21 projects.

The MDARD says this grant program provides additional access to funds for county fair officials to help make needed improvements to their fairground facilities; including but not limited to structural improvements or other renovations to buildings. 

Eligible applicants included fairs that are incorporated under Act 80 of 1855 or county owned and operated fairs operating under Act 11 of 1929; and county fairs that have submitted all required year-end reports for the prior two years.

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