Compeer Financial’s Fund for Rural America, the Farm Credit cooperative’s giving program, is supporting dozens of county fairs this year, with grants to improve facilities and experiences offered to rural communities across the Upper Midwest.
In Compeer Financial’s territory in Minnesota and Wisconsin, the following county fairs will receive funds for the projects listed:
Aitkin County Ag Society. Concrete in the horse barn.
Anoka County Fair. Fans for the livestock show arena and horse barn.
Blue Earth County Fair Association. Upgrade the signage on all of the agricultural buildings, and buy paint for all the buildings and the horse arena.
Cass County Agricultural Association. Paint, building supplies, whiteboards and pedal tractors for the Kids’ Barnyard; paint and updates in the open class exhibit building; and purchase new gates for the goat barn.
Cottonwood County Agricultural Society. Install an audio system throughout the fairgrounds.
Dakota County Agricultural Society. Adding ventilation in the 4-H building.
Dodge County Ag and Mechanical Society. Replace lighting with highly efficient LED lighting; do electrical work in the FFA rabbit and poultry barn, and the horse barn.
Fillmore County Fair Board. Restroom and shower renovations in the rabbit and poultry barn.
Goodhue County Fair. Improve ventilation in the 4-H Building.
Houston County Agricultural Society. 4-H building roof repairs.
Isanti County Ag Society. Remodel existing horse barn into a miniature horse barn.
Jackson County Fair. Paint, clean and update restrooms in 4-H and FFA building.
Martin County Fair. Complete an addition to the swine barn.
Mille Lacs County Agricultural Society/Fair Board. Buy materials to upgrade the exterior of the 4-H food stand,
Morrison County Agricultural Society, Little Falls. Remove and recycle existing lamps and ballasts; and furnish, install and wire new LED lamps in 4-H food buildings.
Nicollet County Ag Society. Paint, plumbing and roofing for swine building and judging arena.
Pine County Agricultural Society. Improvements to open-class and commercial exhibit buildings.
Rock County Ag Society. Replace doors on the livestock show arena and remodel the swine barn.
Sibley County Fair. Replace goat pen fronts.
St. Louis County Agricultural Fair Association. Roof repairs on exhibit buildings.
Stearns County Fair Association. Renovate the restrooms in the livestock arena.
Steele County Free Fair. Buy gating to change over the pens in the goat and sheep barn.
Waseca County Free Fair. Replace concrete in one of the barns.
Washington County Agricultural Society. Updates restrooms.
Winona County Fair. Upgrade restroom facilities in the livestock show arena, and create a shade tent over the livestock wash and staging area.
Alto Fair. Resurface the exhibitor area.
Bayfield County Fair. Repair and/or replace the roof on the dairy barn.
Burnett County Agricultural Society Fair. Repair and upgrade the announcers’ stand at the horse arena, and upgrade entrances to the main exhibit building.
Columbia County Fair Association. Purchase and install a legal-for-trade scale for livestock.
Dodge County Fair Association. Upgrade lighting in all of the livestock barns; make roof repairs.
Grant County Fair. Buy industrial-size ceiling fans for the livestock barn.
Juneau County Agricultural Industrial Recreational Society. Complete concrete flooring in the dairy pavilion.
Kenosha County Fair Association. Concrete pad, moving and interior remodel of grain bin in the Discovery Barnyard area.
Lodi Agricultural Fair. Add handicapped-accessible ramp and landings, and a cement pad for benches.
Marquette County Youth Organization Association. Buy fill gravel to relevel the floor, and lumber to rebuild the stalls in the barn.
Monroe County Agricultural Society. Construct a building for the new scales.
Ozaukee County Fair. Buy and install new 4-H school art display cases, and expand fence opening.
Racine County Ag Society. Improve the lighting in the beef barn and show arena, and improve the walkway gates in the swine barns.
Rock County 4-H Fair. Replace the doors of, and buy fans for, the rabbit barn.
Sauk County Agricultural Society Inc. Repair the siding of and paint the junior fair building.
Sheboygan County Fair Association. Remodel restrooms.
St. Croix County Fair Inc. Update the judging arena; make improvements to the outdoor area for livestock waste.
Stoughton Fair. Sandblast and repaint pens and concrete in the pig barn.
Vernon County Fair. Replace underground water line.
Washington County Fair. Replace shades on the structures in the agricultural complex.
Since the program was established in 2018, the fund has awarded 240 county fair facility upgrade grants, for a total impact of more than $700,224, touching the lives of 6.9 million people. The fund intends to offer this grant again in March.
For more information about the grant program, visit compeer.com/giving-back.