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The Compeer Financial Fund for Rural America, the corporate giving program of Compeer Financial, has awarded 55 Fair Facility Upgrade Grants to county fairs across its 144-county territory. The grants, which total $164,740, will touch the lives of more than 1.6 million fair organizers, participants and attendees.
“The purpose of these grants is to help make upgrades and repairs to fairgrounds and facilities so fairs can continue to bring people together to experience agriculture,” said Karen Schieler, Senior Corporate Giving Specialist. “The fair tradition plays an important role in agriculture youth development, celebrating their hard work and contributions to rural communities. And fairs in general bring our communities together each year to have fun and enjoy rural life. ”
Groups received grants of $2,750 to $3,000 each.
St. Croix County Fair Inc.
St. Croix County Fair Inc., received a grant for updating the lighting in the main judging arena.
The 40 existing fixtures in the judging/show arena that were replaced are T12 8’ fluorescent tube lights which are outdated and becoming obsolete. These fixtures use ballasts which are failing and cannot be replaced. Several of the fixtures provide diminished light output due to the deteriorating ballasts. The goal of the St. Croix County Fair Board was to retrofit all of the fixtures with LED tubes. Updating the fixtures would not only provide brighter, more uniform lighting, but they would be more energy efficient saving one-third to one-half of the current power consumption while in use.
The judging arena at the fairgrounds is used night and day extensively during the fair to accomodate, livestock, judging, meat animal auction, animal housing, and dog show events.
The single biggest benefit, according to St. Croix County Fair Board president Gail Maier would be, “greatly improved lighting in one of our most used building, which will benefit exhibitors, judges, and spectators alike by providing significantly brighter light and eliminating shadowed areas where the existing lights are failing.”
Since the program began, a total of $344,740 has been awarded to 119 fairs, touching the lives of more than 3.5 million fairgoers and participants. The Compeer Financial Fund for Rural America will offer this program again in March 2020.