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MDARD Announces County Fair Grant Awardees
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“The awarded grants provide a unique opportunity for our state’s county fairs to enhance their fairground facilities and infrastructure,” said Clover Adams.


Source: Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development

Contact: Heather Throne at 517-373-1085 at throneh@michigan.gov

MDARD Announces County Fair Grant Awardees


Today, the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) Director Jamie Clover Adams announced the projects awarded funds through the competitive grants for Michigan’s county fairs to make building and other capital improvements to their fairground facilities.

“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 the 21 projects:

  • Iosco County Agricultural Society, of Hale; Construct a campground bath and shower building - $20,000
  • Chippewa County Fair, of Kinross; Build a 24x36 livestock office - $13,493.82
  • Huron Community Fair Association, of Bad Axe; RV pedestals installation and related electrical work - $20,000
  • Oceana County Agricultural Society, of Hart; Remove and replace old galvanized pipe waterlines and remove existing water pit - $1,722.50
  • Hillsdale County Fair, of Hillsdale; Renovations of Rabbit, Poultry and Barnyard Children Project - $12,273.50
  • Montcalm County 4-H Fair Association, of Greenville; Building a 4-H livestock barn - $20,000
  • St. Joseph County Grange Fair, of Centreville; Develop an educational exhibit pavilion to showcase beef - $20,000
  • Kent County 4-H Agricultural Association, of Lowell; Electrical efficiency improvements - $3,408.13
  • Van Buren Youth Fair, of Hartford; Upgrade existing electrical service - $5,391.50
  • Chelsea Community Fair, of Chelsea; Reroofing two large pole barns - $13,556
  • Western Michigan Fair Association, of Ludington; Drainage project to add eight more drains to the grounds - $20,000
  • Missaukee Agricultural Youth Show, of Falmouth; Build a 36 x 64 barn structure with an overhang - $14,840.10
  • Allegan County Agricultural Society, of Allegan; Upgrade northwest campground electrical & water - $20,000
  • Berrien County Youth Fair Association, of Berrien Springs; Upgrade light fixtures to energy efficient T-8 lighting - $20,000
  • Lapeer County Agricultural Society, of Imlay City; Upgrade florescent light fixtures to T-8 efficient light fixtures - $9,187.50
  • Northern District Fair Association, of Cadillac; Renovations to horse barn - $10,830
  • Cheboygan County Fair, of Cheboygan; Renovations to midway restroom - $20,000
  • Branch County 4-H Fair, of Coldwater; Upgrade primitive campsites to full hook up sites - $7,737.50
  • Saginaw County Fair, of Chesaning; Develop handicap accessible paths to the livestock barns - $16,051
  • Ingham County Fair, of Mason; Upgrade camping site electrical, water lines and sewer additions - $9,000
  • Shiawassee County Fair, of Corunna; "State of the art" septic system for bathroom project - $4,108.45

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.