2019 Fairground Facelift finalists

Grinnell Mutual announces finalists for 2019 Fairground Facelift grants

Fifteen fairground improvement projects in 11 states are finalists in Grinnell Mutual’s 2019 Fairground Facelift initiative. Grinnell Mutual will distribute a total of $7,000 to five winners to help their local fairgrounds bring their improvement projects to life. The winners will be chosen by the public, who will vote for their favorite project on Facebook.

“Fairground Facelift grants are another way Grinnell Mutual supports the towns where our customers live, work, and play,” said Barb Baker, director of advertising and community relations. “County fairgrounds celebrate family, friendship, and relationships — the things that matter. That’s why we want to be part of sustaining them for future generations.” Support your favorite fairground improvement project by voting on Grinnell Mutual’s Facebook page.


Anyone can visit Grinnell Mutual’s Facebook page or website to vote for project finalists. Click the ‘Vote’ button on the photo of the fairground project you want to vote for. People can vote once per day, per project.

The project receiving the highest number of votes will receive a $3,000 grant. The next four places in voting — second, third, fourth, and fifth — will each receive a $1,000 grant.

Voting ends Thursday, Sept. 12, 11:59 a.m. CT. See the finalists below.


  • Buchanan County Fairground, Independence, Iowa, “Digital Signage”: Purchase a digital sign to improve the marketing efforts of the fairground year-round.
  • Corson County Fairground, McIntosh, S.Dak., “Grandstand Cover”: Replace a temporary tarp over the grandstand with a permanent cover to give people better protection against wind, rain, and sun.
  • Crawford County Fair, Cuba, Mo., “Cookshack Rehab”: Improve the functionality of the cookshack by replacing the grill and adding fans and/or air-conditioning.
  • Guthrie County Agricultural Society, Guthrie Center, Iowa, “Picnic Tables for the Playground”: Purchase metal picnic tables to place next to the fairground playground, a popular gathering spot.
  • Henry County Fairgrounds, Napoleon, Ohio, “Horse Warm-up Arena”: Add permanent fencing, creating a safe, dedicated horse warm-up arena.
  • Jay County Fairgrounds, Portland, Ind., “Horse and Pony arena”: Remove dangerous debris from arena and replace with safe, suitable fill acceptable for horse riding.
  • Land Of Lakes Youth Fair, El Dorado Springs, Mo., “Goat Pen Makeover”: Replace the goat pens with a new, safer pen system.
  • Marshall-Putnam Fairgrounds, Henry, Ill., “Art Hall Renovation”: As part of the 100th-anniversary renovation of the Art Hall, install new doors to protect exhibits.
  • Mckean County Fair Grounds, Smethport, Penn., “4-H Building”: Eliminate mold to make the building useable again.
  • Pawnee County Fairgrounds, Pawnee City, Neb., “Brick Entrance Project”: Repair the historic brick entrance, built in 1929, for the 140th Pawnee County Fair.
  • Renville County Fair, Bird Island, Minn., “Pond Revival”: Clean the pond and install a new liner.
  • Roosevelt County Fair, Culbertson, Mont., “Push Button Restroom Doors”: Install ADA-compliant push buttons for restroom doors.
  • Saunders County Fair, Wahoo, Neb., “Midbluffs Livestock Club Trail”: Replace deteriorating wood benches near a walking path and play area with long-lasting recycled plastic ones.
  • Sheboygan County Fairgrounds, Plymouth, Wis., “From Feathers to Fur...We're Bustin' Out!”: Build an addition for the rabbit and poultry barn and provide cages to house additional animals. This year they were 100 cages short.
  • South Mountain Community Fairgrounds, Biglerville, Penn., “Fairground Building Beautification”: Re-stain red barns and scrape and paint white wooden buildings.