The Compeer Financial Fund for Rural America has awarded 64 grants to support fairground enhancement projects in Illinois, Minnesota and Wisconsin this year. The grants, which total $180,000, were made to local and county fairs through the fund’s Fair Facility Upgrade Grant Program.
Fairs and projects in Wisconsin receiving support from the Fair Facility Upgrade Grant Program are as follows:
- Calumet County Agricultural Association – Install new service doors in arena
- Dunn County Fair – Construct a permanent structure for meat animal scale
- Eau Claire County Fair – Purchase new rabbit and poultry cages
- Elroy Fair Inc. – Update and relocate milk house
- Green Lake County Fair – Update and repair milk house
- Iowa County Fair Society, Inc. – Update light fixtures in the youth 4-H exhibit building
- Iron County Fair Association – Update flooring in large livestock barn
- Jefferson County Fair Park – Build a new wash rack for animal exhibitors
- Juneau County Agricultural Society/Fair – Repair 4-H and open class exhibit buildings
- Kenosha County Fair – Provide agriculture education structure
- La Crosse County Agricultural Society – Update public address system
- Lafayette County Fair Committee – Repair roof
- Lodi Agricultural Fair – Install livestock wash rack infrastructure
- Marquette County Youth Organization Association – Replace floor in rabbit building
- Pierce County 4-H /FFA Livestock Committee – Upgrade animal scale
- Polk County Fair Society, Inc. – Update public address system
- Richland County Fair – Repair building, fence line and grounds damaged by flooding
- Sauk County Agricultural Society – Repair hoop barn
- Stoughton Fair – Repair cattle and sheep wash rack
- Walworth County Agricultural Society, Inc. – Provide agriculture education grain bin
“Compeer Financial proudly supports local and county fairs across our Illinois, Minnesota and Wisconsin territory, recognizing the important role they play in youth development, and in celebrating agricultural heritage and rural life,” said John Monson, chair of Compeer Financial’s Fund for Rural America.
County fairs enhance rural communities by bringing people of all ages together to learn and experience agriculture. The grant program is designed to help fund upgrades and repairs of fairgrounds and facilities so fairs can continue to offer the best possible experience to fair-goers year after year.
About the Fund for Rural America
The Compeer Financial Fund for Rural America is the corporate giving program of Compeer Financial, structured to support Compeer Financial’s mission to enrich agriculture and rural America. Compeer Financial’s Board of Directors has dedicated one percent of annual net earnings to support the Fund’s focus areas of education, youth engagement, rural development, community enrichment, agricultural advocacy and development, client development and team member giving. The fund is managed by a Board of Trustees, made up of team members from Minnesota, Wisconsin and Illinois and members of the Compeer Financial Board of Directors. More information about opportunities available through the fund can be found at Compeer.com/giving-back.
About Compeer Financial
Compeer Financial is a member-owned Farm Credit cooperative serving and supporting agriculture and rural communities. The $19.5 billion organization provides loans, leases, risk management and other financial services throughout 144 counties in Illinois, Minnesota and Wisconsin. Based in the Upper Midwest, Compeer Financial exists to champion the hopes and dreams of rural America, while providing personalized service and expertise to clients and the agriculture industry.
Compeer Financial is the third largest cooperative of the Farm Credit System, a nationwide network of lending institutions supporting agriculture and rural communities with reliable, consistent credit and financial services. For more information about Compeer Financial, visit Compeer.com.