A grant to upgrade livestock facilities at a fairground:
As the Fair Board started this project, decisions had to be made about how to allocate the funds that had been received. Donations and grants didn’t cover the entire cost of the proposed project and it appeared a portion of the project would need to be cut. A Fair Board member suggested building the hog pens on sight to save money. He and his family worked in the evenings for several weeks cutting, welding, and installing panels and gates for the new hog barn. His efforts reduced the project cost by thousands of dollars and allowed the Fair Board to do everything that was originally proposed. This level of dedication to a public project is rare. Time is a volunteer’s most precious resource. A gift of this magnitude shows just how special the county fair is to this family. Countless other families will benefit for years to come because of this donation of time.
This project showcases the community’s support of young people involved in agriculture. The county fair serves as an annual community reunion and celebration and also is the only exposure many children will have to livestock production. This project shows the non-farm public that our community is committed to providing a facility that is functional, not only for the exhibitor, but for the spectator. It allows a family from Denver to interact with a 4H exhibitor from our county, all while a bucket calf licks at their pant legs.