Emmons announces grants for improvements at 4 mid-Michigan county fairs

LANSING—Sen. Judy Emmons announced on Friday that four mid-Michigan county fairground associations have been awarded state grants to help make necessary improvements to their facilities.

“The county fair throughout mid-Michigan is an annual celebration of our agricultural heritage and a family tradition passed down from one generation to the next,” said Emmons, R-Sheridan. “As a fifth-generation farmer, I have always been a strong supporter of local fairs because they support our agricultural community, help connect residents with local farmers and encourage youths to develop a love affair with raising animals and growing the food to feed America.

“These grants are the result of hard work and will help these fairgrounds make improvements to enhance the safety and experience of everyone going to the fair.”

The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development competitive grants awarded to area fairground associations to help with building and other capital improvements include:
• $17,000 to the Clare County Agricultural Society in Harrison for fairground lavatory renovations;
• $10,290 to the Gratiot County Fair for Youth in Alma to help improve safety and accessibility at the fairgrounds;
• $20,000 to the Ionia Free Fair Association for electrical improvements; and
• $20,000 to the Isabella County Youth and Farm Fair Society in Mt. Pleasant to help construct an educational wing to the small animal barn.