The Madison County Fair Association in Highland has been named as one of 12 finalists for a Fairground Facelift grant sponsored by Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance Co.
The finalists, which were pared down from an initial list of 180 entrants, include fairs in six Midwestern states. Three other Illinois fairs also made the finals, including the Bond County.
Voting began June 2 and ends on Thursday, June 16 at 3 p.m.
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Voting is easy. You just click the “Vote” button on the fairground project photo.
“You can vote once each day,” said Madison County Fair Board president Wayne Steiner.
Click here to vote.
The three finalists with the most votes will receive $2,000, $1,000, and $500, respectively.
“The fairground is a gathering place. People living and working in these communities know the needs of their local fairgrounds,” said Barb Baker, Grinnell Mutual director of advertising and community relations. “That’s why it’s their votes on Grinnell Mutual’s Front Porch Facebook page that will decide which projects receive Fairground Facelift grants.”
Steiner said the Madison County Fair Association would use the grant money to pay for large fans in the cattle show barn and and swine barn ring, which is where the annual 4-H Auction is held.
“(The fans) are supposed to cool it 10 to 12 degrees. It moves that much air,” Stiener said.
Steiner said the Madison County Fair Association plans to install the fans in time for this year’s fair — which runs from Tuesday, July 26 through Sunday, July 31 in Highland —regardless of the vote outcome. However, the extra funding would be welcome.
“We have received no money from the state since March of last year,” Steiner said.
Despite the lack of state funding, the fair is still on solid financial ground, he said.
“The Madison County Fair in financially stable,” Steiner said. “We are doing things to be able to push forward.”
Additional Illinois finalists in the Fairground Facelift are:
▪ the Jasper County Fairgrounds in Newton, which plans to purchase a portable 150 by 250 foot livestock show arena;
▪ the Morgan County Fairgrounds in Jacksonville, which wants to replace rotting posts on its cattle barn; and the
▪ the Bond County Fairgrounds in Greenville, where organizers want to renovate restroom relics into “potty palaces.”
About the contest
Who is competing? The Madison County and Bond County fairs are finalists with 10 other county fairs in six Midwestern states.
What’s at stake? The three finalists with the most votes will receive $2,000, $1,000, and $500, respectively.
How do you vote? Voting is online at facebook.com/GrinnellMutualFrontPorch or grinnellmutual.com/content/fairground-facelift.
When can you vote? You can vote once per day through June 16.