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Compeer Financial Awards $244,000 in Grants to Local Fairs
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 05/18/2022

The Compeer Financial Fund for Rural America has awarded another 64 grants to support fairground enhancement projects in Wisconsin, Illinois and Minnesota.

The grants, which total $244,500, were made to local and county fairs through the fund's Fair Facility Upgrade Grant Program.

"Our aim with these grants is to positively impact the future of our rural communities," said Karen Schieler, senior corporate giving specialist. "Fairs are the highlight of summer for many of these communities and we hope this will help provide the best possible experience for exhibitors and visitors as they enjoy this important tradition."

Fairs and projects in Wisconsin receiving support from the program include:

** Adams County Agricultural Society: building and installing swine waterers for the swine exhibitors and building carts to store the poultry and rabbit cages

** Ashland County Fair: building a pavilion to host the market sale and show the animals

** Barron County Fair Rabbit Program: purchasing new rabbit cages and setup supplies

** Barron County Pro Rodeo Inc: building a new announcer stand/booth with lighting, sound and wi-fi

** Buffalo County Agricultural Fair: new doors and headers in the beef barn, and replacing the wash racks

** Calumet County Agricultural Association: fixing the roof and replacing windows in the dairy barn HG buildings

** Crawford County Fair: adding and upgrading electrical receptacles in the animal barns

** Dunn County Fair: pouring concrete in the sheep and llama barn and installing fans in the dairy and beef barn

** Eau Claire County Friends of the Fair: improvements and signage in the milk house

** Elroy Fair: adding outlets, upgrading power boxes, and increasing breaker size in the hog and sheep buildings, adding more power supply in the beef barn, installing outlets and upgrading breaker boxes in the exhibit building, and replacing all the public address wire in the older buildings and public address horns

** Green County Agricultural Society and Mechanics Institute: completing lighting upgrade project to LED lighting in the exhibition hall building

** Green Lake County Fair: replacing the milk house roof, purchasing free-standing goat pens, updating the cow - heifer headboards and ties, replacing water lines inside the dairy barn, and replacing the vacuum pump for milking

** Iron County Fair Association: purchasing industrial grade LED light fixtures and electrical wiring supplies to improve lighting inside the livestock barn, small animal barn, and livestock show arena

** Jackson County Ag Society: purchasing a new stage

** La Crosse County Ag Society - La Crosse Interstate Fair: purchasing ceiling fans and hanging brackets for sheep and swine show ring

** Lafayette County Fair: construction of a manure push-off area in the swine, goat and sheep barn and reconstruction of the stall areas in the dairy and beef barn

** Pierce County Livestock Committee: construction of a new sheep wash rack, expanding the swine wash rack, and adding a holding tank

** Polk County Fair Society Inc.: cement floor in the small animal, poultry and rabbit barn

** Richland County Fair: electrical upgrades and additional outlets in the Connection Building and upgrading lights in the grandstand area

** Rusk County Livestock Committee: adding clay and leveling the dirt floors in the animal barns and adding fill on the outside of the barns

** Trempealeau County Agricultural Society, Inc.: upgrading the electrical service in the Farm Progress Arena

** Washburn County Jr Fair Assn: repairing beam in the connecting link between the dairy and beef barn and the sheep and swine barn

** Winnebago County Fair Association: replacing barn water lines, leveling ground with additional gravel screenings, adding electrical, and replacing pins in sheep pen gates

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