GLENWOOD CITY — The bank note on the Dairy Complex at the county fairgrounds in Glenwood City has been paid off. The Fair will be celebrating this tremendous accomplishment made possible by the great support of businesses, individuals and civic clubs including 4-H & FFA!
This was a $450,000 dollar project with serious fund raising starting in 2011 as a joint project of the St. Croix County 4-H Dairy Committee and Friends of the St. Croix County Fairgrounds. According to Terry Mitchell, Building Committee Chair and local dairyman, several attendees at the recent District Holstein Show commented on how nice the facility is, “one of the best that they have seen”. Please join the St. Croix County Fair Board, the St. Croix County 4-H Dairy Committee and Friends of the St. Croix county Fairgrounds on Saturday July 18th, 4:30 p.m. at the Dairy Complex as they “burn the bank note” and express their appreciation to all who have made this possible.
The Friends of the St. Croix County Fairgrounds together with the St. Croix County 4-H Dairy & Horse Committees are well on the way to another very successful year of fund raising capped by retiring the loan on Dairy Barn #2. and moving ahead with fund raising for Horse Barn # 1. With the Dairy Complex complete, starting construction of the Horse Complex marks beginning of the second major milestone for the Friends of the St. Croix County Fairgrounds’ “Renovations for the Generations Capital Fund Drive”. The fund drive is a comprehensive, capital fund drive to update and improve the Fairgrounds for generations to come.
The total scope of the project includes a dairy complex, horse barn, updated/replaced sheep & swine buildings and a four season, multi-purpose building. This project is being supported by St. Croix County Fair, Inc., Friends of the St. Croix County Fairgrounds and the Dairy, Horse and Meat Animal Committees. Additionally, the project has been endorsed by the St. Croix County Board and the Glenwood City City Council. A key objective of the Renovations Project is to ensure continued vibrant support of the County’s rich agricultural fair heritage which dates back to the first Intercounty Fair held in 1910.
Thanks to the generous support and hard work of many, the St. Croix County 4-H Dairy & Horse Committees along with the Friends of the St. Croix County Fairgrounds have already had a very successful year with over $40,000 raised to date and $22,000 in new commitments. A very exciting development is the four year commitment totaling $20,000 by Andy Lamb, River Valley Ford which will play a major part in helping fund Horse Barn #1. The 2015 May Fair Event & Sale was again very successful netting over $19,000 above expenses, a great result thanks to the generosity of both donors and buyers. In addition to support for the May Fair, in 2015 Friends has continued to receive significant new grants and donations from a wide range of donors including the Baldwin – Woodville Area Community Foundation, the New Richmond Area Community Foundation, the Hudson Rotary Clubs, Monsanto, AgStar, the Roberts Ribbon Reapers 4-H Club, the St. Croix Central High School FFA Chapter plus employee community service matches through Allina Health and 3M Corporation. This broad base of community support is no surprise to Heather McAbee, President New Richmond Bremer Bank. Back in 2007 Bremer Bank was the lead donor kicking off the fundraising efforts and subsequently putting together a pool of local banks to fund construction of the Dairy Complex. According to Heather, like many other county individuals, businesses and civic organizations, “Bremer Bank has deep agricultural roots and in a long standing heritage, is very committed to supporting public service projects”.
Current fund raising efforts are focused on successfully completing the 2015 Renovations for Generations Raffle and the Fall Commodity Drive. Going forward, the 2015 objective is to work with the Horse Committee put the fund raising efforts for Horse Barn #1 into high gear.
This project is being built “one brick at a time” and all gifts of any size are gratefully appreciated. Want more information, contact Chris Libbey at (715) 246-5626.