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Fowlerville & Shiawassee fairs receive state grants for upgrades

Two area fairs will benefit from funding being offered by the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD).

Director Gary McDowell on Thursday announced 28 recipients of the 2022 competitive grants to county fairs to make building and other capital improvements on their fairground facilities. Additionally, MDARD also awarded grants to associations or other organized events hosting fairs/expositions showing livestock and commodities.

Among the recipients was the Fowlerville Family Fair, which will get $71,829 for improvements to their horse barn. Meanwhile, the Shiawassee County Fair is receiving $83,323 for electrical upgrades.

The submitted grants are awarded through a competitive process and reviewed by a joint evaluation committee.  The capital improvement program provides additional funds for county fair officials to help make needed improvements to their fairground facilities; including but not limited to structural improvements or other renovations to buildings. There was $1,455,000 in funding allocated for the 2022 grant cycle.

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