Fair grants

Greenup County fairgrounds

GREENUP The Greenup and Lawrence County fair boards are getting new livestock structures through grants from the Kentucky Department of Agriculture.

Greenup’s will replace deteriorating barns and Lawrence County’s will be the centerpiece and starting point for construction on a new fairgrounds site.

The agriculture department awarded $93,750 to the Greenup board for a livestock pavilion and $43,300 to the Lawrence board for a livestock barn/arena, according to a release from the department.

Greenup plans a 140-foot by 50-foot metal barn with concrete floor to be placed adjacent to the show ring, fair board chairman Jay Sizemore said. It will replace barns used for swine, chickens and rabbits. Those structures will be demolished. “We’ve needed this bad for years,” Sizemore said.

The structure is planned as a multipurpose building suitable for other events during the year, he said.

Lawrence County will build an open-sided structure with concrete floor to use as a show arena, board member Marissa Blackburn said.

“This will be the starting point for a new fairgrounds,” she said. The fair had been on property at the county extension office and the board recently secured a separate property.

The grant enables the board to build a centerpiece show ring and make plans to add other components, such as a horse arena, over time, she said.

The Greenup board has preliminary drawings and will decide on a final plan soon; construction will start within about 90 days and the building will be ready to use by fair time, Sizemore said.

Each grant pays 75% of the total project cost and the fair boards put up the 25% match, according to the agriculture department.

Grant requirements call for construction to start within 90 days of the award date and completion within nine months, according to the department.

Any incorporated fair board in Kentucky may apply with the State Aid to Local Agricultural Fairs Program for grants from $10,000 to $100,000, and grants may be used for infrastructure or facility improvements, capital construction or purchase of items such as bleachers or restaurant equipment, according to the department.

Applications must be submitted to the department’s Shows and Fairs Division and postmarked by Oct. 1 of each year. The Kentucky County Fair Council reviews applications and awards grants, according to the department.

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