In the midst of a chilly Michigan winter, some state officials are already focused on the summer county-fair season.
The state Department of Agriculture and Rural Development has awarded grant money to counties for improvements to their fairgrounds.
Among the counties receiving funds are: Chippewa, Clare, Gratiot, Isabella and Midland.
Jennifer Holton is a spokeswoman for the Department of Agriculture. She said the state grants are valuable investments. “Our county fairs play a vital role in our overall agricultural economy. They really help maintain that connection between our rural communities and youth development. It gives people an opportunity to get a hand’s on feel of agriculture in Michigan”.
Holton says the state received 50 proposals for the county fair grants. Twenty-two were awarded
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Michigan County Fair Grants: http://www.michigan.gov/mdard/0,4610,7-125–321908–,00.html