Zorn highlights Monroe County Fair improvement funding in state budget

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Sen. Dale Zorn

Sen. Dale Zorn

LANSING, Mich. Sen. Dale Zorn announced on Thursday that the Monroe County Fair will receive $40,000 in County Fair Capital Improvement funding as part of the Fiscal Year 2017 budget finalized by the Michigan Senate on Wednesday.

“The county fair is an important part of the fabric of our community, and this funding will increase access to the fair for people with disabilities,” said Zorn, R-Ida.

The governor’s budget recommendation cut this program.

“After the Senate restored it, I worked with Representative Jenkins to get this key funding for the Monroe County Fair to complete this improvement,” Zorn said.

The fair is currently in the process of resurfacing the roadways on the fairgrounds to allow people in wheelchairs and those with physical disabilities to have access to the grounds. The project will bring the roadway up to ADA standards.

The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development offers the grant opportunity to county fairs to assist in the promotion of building improvements or other capital improvements on county fairgrounds within the state.

The funding is included in House Bill 5294, which contains Fiscal Year 2017 budgets for principal state departments and the Judiciary and Legislative branches.