The Compeer Financial Fund for Rural America has awarded 64 grants to support fairground enhancement projects in Illinois, Minnesota and Wisconsin this year. The grants, which total $180,000, were made to local and county fairs through the fund’s Fair Facility Upgrade Grant Program.
Fairs and projects in Wisconsin receiving support from the Fair Facility Upgrade Grant Program are as follows:
- Calumet County Agricultural Association – Install new service doors in arena
- Dunn County Fair – Construct a permanent structure for meat animal scale
- Eau Claire County Fair – Purchase new rabbit and poultry cages
- Elroy Fair Inc. – Update and relocate milk house
- Green Lake County Fair – Update and repair milk house
- Iowa County Fair Society, Inc. – Update light fixtures in the youth 4-H exhibit building
- Iron County Fair Association – Update flooring in large livestock barn
- Jefferson County Fair Park – Build a new wash rack for animal exhibitors
- Juneau County Agricultural Society/Fair – Repair 4-H and open class exhibit buildings
- Kenosha County Fair – Provide agriculture education structure
- La Crosse County Agricultural Society – Update public address system
- Lafayette County Fair Committee – Repair roof
- Lodi Agricultural Fair – Install livestock wash rack infrastructure
- Marquette County Youth Organization Association – Replace floor in rabbit building
- Pierce County 4-H /FFA Livestock Committee – Upgrade animal scale
- Polk County Fair Society, Inc. – Update public address system
- Richland County Fair – Repair building, fence line and grounds damaged by flooding
- Sauk County Agricultural Society – Repair hoop barn
- Stoughton Fair – Repair cattle and sheep wash rack
- Walworth County Agricultural Society, Inc. – Provide agriculture education grain bin
“Compeer Financial proudly supports local and county fairs across our Illinois, Minnesota and Wisconsin territory, recognizing the important role they play in youth development, and in celebrating agricultural heritage and rural life,” said John Monson, chair of Compeer Financial’s Fund for Rural America.
County fairs enhance rural communities by bringing people of all ages together to learn and experience agriculture. The grant program is designed to help fund upgrades and repairs of fairgrounds and facilities so fairs can continue to offer the best possible experience to fair-goers year after year.