Six northern Michigan county fairs receive nearly $266,000 in grants for improvements

According to the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, six northern Michigan county fairs have been chosen to receive nearly $266,000 in grants to make construction improvements and other upgrades to their facilities. of fair.

The grants provide additional funding for county fair officials to make structural improvements and other renovations to buildings. Grants are awarded through a competitive process and are reviewed by a joint evaluation committee, according to MDARD.

The selected recipients for the Capital Improvement Grants can be found below:

  • Cheboygan County Fair, electrical upgrades, $50,000
  • Chippewa County Fair, electrical upgrades, $56,000
  • Emmet-Charlevoix County Fair, fiber optic cable installation, $16,000
  • Isabella County Youth & Farm Society, stable restoration, $41,000
  • Mecosta County Free Fair, grandstand and office building upgrade, $50,000
  • Newaygo County Agricultural Assoc., NCAFA Office Roof Replacement, $52,666

MDARD also provided grants to associations or other organized events hosting fairs and exhibits showing livestock and commodities. These grants provide financial support for awards in the form of bounties or promotional activities for livestock and commodity shows, as well as fairs and festivals, according to MDARD.

Isabella County Youth & Farm Society received $5,000 for its senior showman scholarship, while the Ogemaw County Ag Expo received $5,000 for bounty reimbursement.

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