Fairground Facelift finalists

Grinnell Mutual announces finalists for 2020 Fairground Facelift grants

Fairground improvement projects from 11 county fairgrounds in eight states are finalists in Grinnell Mutual’s 2020 Fairground Facelift initiative. Grinnell Mutual will distribute a total of $7,500 to six winners to help local fairgrounds bring their improvement projects to life. The winners will be chosen by the public, who will vote for their favorite project on Grinnell Mutual’s website.

"We understand the importance of local fairgrounds in communities. Fairgrounds provide a place for community members to interact and gather with each other," said Grinnell Mutual Director of Advertising and Community Relations Barb Baker. “The Fairground Facelift grant is Grinnell Mutual's way to help local fairgrounds improve and maintain current facilities."

Support your favorite fairground improvement project by voting on Grinnell Mutual’s website.

How to vote in Fairground Facelift

Anyone can visit Grinnell Mutual’s Facebook page or website to vote for project finalists. Click on the contest link. Follow the instructions on screen. People can vote once per day, per project.

The top vote-getter will receive a $3,000 grant. The next two projects with the highest votes will each receive a $1,500 grant. The following three projects will receive $500 grants.

Voting ends Tuesday, Sept. 15, 11:59 a.m. CT. See the finalists below.

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Fairground Facelift finalists

  • Barlow Independent Fair — Barlow, Ohio, “Roundhouse Restoration”: Renovate the historic roundhouse by installing new floors and siding and updating the electrical system.
  • Cedar County Fairgrounds — Hartington, Neb., “Raise the Barn”: Repair damage to barn from 2019 flooding.
  • Centennial Park Fairgrounds — Nevada, Mo., “Goat and Sheep Barn Facelift”: Making our facility better for the animals, participants and spectators.
  • Davis County Fairground — Bloomfield, Iowa, “Move Ice Cream Stand”: Move the ice cream stand to a bigger building. 
  • Kankakee County Fair and Exposition, Inc. — Kankakee, Ill., “Livestock Show Arena Safety Update”: Replace posts and wall boards to ensure a safe show arena.
  • Madison County Fairgrounds — Highland, Ill., “Livestock Barn Update”: Install new gates and latches.
  • Meigs County Fair — Pomeroy, Ohio, “Horse Announcer Stand”: Build a new horse announcer stand to replicate the original stand, built in 1852.
  • Murray County Fairgrounds — Slayton, Minn., “Creative Arts Building Remodel”: Enhance the creative arts building for viewing enjoyment.
  • Stephenson County Fairground — Freeport, Ill., “ADA-Compliant Wheelchair Ramp”: Replace the warped, faded, wooden wheelchair ramp with a long-lasting, ADA-compliant ramp so that all fairground visitors can access the office.
  • Turner County Fair, Parker — S.D., “Picnic Shelter”: Improve concrete, lighting, and rain gutters for safety and aesthetics by the picnic barn, the outdoor picnic area, and the poultry barn.
  • Union County 4-H Fairgrounds — Liberty, Ind., “Barn Upgrades”: New lighting and flooring for the show arena.

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