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WISCONSIN (WKOW) — It wouldn’t be summer for many of us without a visit to the local fair, and a few southern Wisconsin fairs have now received grants to help improve facilities and visitor experiences.

Compeer Financial, an agricultural credit union, is awarding 64 fairs in Illinois, Wisconsin and Minnesota more than $244,500 in county fair facility upgrade grants this year.

“Our goal with these grants is to have a positive impact on the future of our rural communities,” said Karen Schieler, Senior Corporate Giving Specialist at Compeer Financial. “Fairs are the highlight of the summer for many of these communities and we hope this will help provide the best possible experience for exhibitors and visitors enjoying this important tradition.”

Three southern Wisconsin fairs are set to receive grants.

The Green County Agricultural Society and Mechanics Institute will use its grant to complete an LED lighting upgrade project in the exhibit hall building.

The Lafayette County Fair plans to build a manure pushing area in the swing, goat house and sheep barn. The grant money will also help fund the reconstruction of the dairy and ox barn stall areas.

In Richland County, fair officials will use the funding to make electrical upgrades and add additional outlets in the connection building. It will also improve the lights in the grandstand area.

Since the program’s inception in 2018, the Fund has awarded 304 county fair facility upgrade grants for a total impact of more than $944,742.

The Fund intends to offer this grant again in March 2023.

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