July 29, 2008

Pennsylvania Fairs to Receive $620,000 for Expansion, Improvement Projects, Governor Rendell Says

HARRISBURG, Pa., July 29 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Many Pennsylvania county and community fairs will be able to improve and expand facilities with a state investment of more than $620,000, Governor Edward G. Rendell said today.

"Fairs are an integral part of Pennsylvania's rich agricultural heritage, and this investment shows our commitment to the significant role they play in our state's economy and in rural communities," Governor Rendell said. "Each year, an estimated 6 million people visit fairs and learn about our state's top industry while gaining a greater appreciation for how food and fiber is produced here in the commonwealth."

Under the capital improvement matching grant program, fairs receive funding for maintenance and improvement projects. Agriculture Secretary Dennis Wolff chairs the Fair Advisory Board, which approves the grants - part of the larger, $3.9 million Pennsylvania Fair Fund.

The fund helps the state's 117 county and community fairs with annual operating costs and offers financial support to youth organizations with agricultural missions.

The board has approved 62 project applications for funding in the 2008-09 fiscal year. Projects include the construction of new barns, road paving, electrical and lighting upgrades, improvements to water and sewer systems and parking lot expansion.

For information on Pennsylvania's fairs and other agritourism programs, visit http://www.agriculture.state.pa.us/.

The Rendell administration is committed to creating a first-rate public education system, protecting our most vulnerable citizens and continuing economic investment to support our communities and businesses. To find out more about Governor Rendell's initiatives and to sign up for his weekly newsletter, visit his Web site at: http://www.governor.state.pa.us/.

EDITOR'S NOTE: A list of the capital improvement matching grant recipients, organized by county, is below:

   Adams County   -- South Mountain Fair--$16,250 to improve gates and buildings.    Armstrong County   -- Dayton--$2,400 to paint the exterior and roof of the bingo building.    Bedford County  

-- Bedford County Fair--$4,340 to expand the handicapped parking area, repair the roof and correct a drainage problem under the grandstand stage.

Berks County

-- Kempton Country Fair--$3,400 to replace a walk-in cooler compressor used to store fair food.

-- Kutztown Fair--$16,250 to pave second half of the midway and part of a wash rack, install four sets of steel doors on main exhibition building, replace restaurant wooden doors, and prepare maps for underground water lines.

-- Reading Fair--$16,250 to fence fairgrounds from the entryway to the pole barns.

-- Oley Valley Community Fair--$2,635 to replace six garage doors on various buildings.

Blair County

-- Williamsburg Community Farm Show--$3,000 for the first phase of an electrical upgrade.

Bradford County

-- Troy Fair--$16,250 to expand parking facilities and vendor spaces by installing 2,500 feet of drainage pipe and 40 catch basins, along with additional dirt fill and surface material.

   Butler County   -- Butler Fair--$16,250 to add new metal siding and roofing for two barns.  

-- Butler Farm Show--$6,500 to replace the roof on 40'x 20' Grange Building.

Bucks County

-- Middletown Grange Fair--$11,375 for driveway construction and asphalt paving.

Cambria County

-- Cambria County Fair--$16,250 to construct a 35' x 128' pole building with a 15' ceiling.

Carbon County

-- Carbon County Fair--$2,880 to purchase and install bleachers for seating in 4-H show ring.

Centre County

-- Centre County Grange Fair--$16,250 to construct a new water line to improve restroom facilities.

Chester County

-- Kimberton Community Fair--$14,553 to pave midway along the Commercial Exhibits Building.

   Clearfield County   -- Clearfield County Fair--$16,250 to restore the 100-year-old grandstand.   -- Harmony Grange Fair--$2,000 to replace dairy and rabbit barn roofs.    Columbia County   -- Bloomsburg Fair--$16,250 to replace the Industrial Building roof.    Crawford County  

-- Crawford County Fair--$16,250 to install drainage for new Dairy Complex.

Cumberland County

-- Shippensburg Community Fair--$11,895 to construct a 40' x 60' food pavilion on a concrete slab.

Dauphin County

-- Gratz Fair--$16,250 to erect a midway pavilion and stage and to add electrical service.

Elk County

-- Elk County Fair--$13,000 to upgrade a restroom facility and business office.

Erie County

-- Waterford Community Fair--$4,400 to install second phase of eight foot high chain link fence around grandstand area.

Fayette County

-- Fayette County Fair--$16,250 for construction of handicapped-accessible restrooms in horse arena and pit area, and to upgrade all restrooms to handicapped-accessible.

-- Dawson Grange Fair--$11,375 to upgrade arena to 350' x 120' and replace arena announcer's booth, fencing and lights.

   Greene County   -- Greene County Fair--$16,250 to construct two 40'x 100' hoop structures.    Huntingdon County   -- Huntingdon County Fair--$16,250 to replace water lines.    Indiana County  

-- Indiana County Fair--$15,690 to construct 14'x 38' concrete block shower and restroom building for 4-H and FFA exhibitors.

-- Green Township Community Fair--$3,939 to expand and increase swine holding area and to coat building roofs with roof coating.

-- Ox Hill Community Agriculture Fair--$5,850 to upgrade electrical wiring.

Juniata County

-- Juniata County Fair--$4,000 to improve barn facilities, including water access to pig barns.

Jefferson County

-- Jefferson County Fair--$16,250 to construct a 48' x 80' x 14' clearspan pole building for a stage and seating area.

-- Sykesville Ag & Youth Fair--$16,250 to asphalt, tar and chip roadways, and improve water drainage and move electrical line.

Lancaster County

-- Elizabethtown Fair--$1,999 to purchase shed structure and add electric for information booth and baby changing station.

-- Manheim Community Farm Show--$14,625 to construct a 90'x 56' livestock barn.

-- Solanco Fair--$16,250 to remove two existing livestock buildings and replace with one 56'x 144' pole building.

   Lawrence County   -- Lawrence County Fair--$16,250 to construct a 104'x 48' beef barn.    Lehigh County   -- Allentown Fair--$8,775 to blacktop Machinery Avenue.   -- Schnecksville Community Fair--$3,820 to pave 250 feet of the midway.    Luzerne County   -- Luzerne County Fair--$4,392 to replace a pole barn roof.  

-- Northeast Fair--$16,250 to improve and install electrical system and to add a second handicapped-accessible restroom.

Lycoming County

-- Lycoming County Fair--$6,077 to concrete seating area and free bandshell floors, and add sheep and goat pens in the livestock area.

   McKean County   -- McKean County Fair--$16,250 to upgrade the horse barn.    Mercer County  

-- Jamestown Community Fair--$4,784 to install new lighting systems in the sheep and rabbit barns.

-- Jefferson Township Fair--$700 to update an electric distribution pole.

-- Stoneboro Fair--$2,780 to build an addition and add a stage to the Entertainment Building.

   Monroe County   -- West End Fair--$7,098 to replace shingles on exhibit building roof.    Montour County  

-- Montour Delong Community Fair--$4,040 to construct a 14'x 40' milk house and milking area, including electric and lighting.

Perry County

-- Perry County Fair--$2,750 to replace a rabbit cage in the livestock barn.

Schuylkill County

-- Schuylkill County Fair--$9,750 to build two buildings for nature and agricultural education.

   Snyder County   -- Beaver Community Fair--$8,125 to reconstruct the outdoor horse arena.   -- McClure Bean Soup Fair--$2,100 to repair and paint the stage floor.    Somerset County  

-- Somerset County Fair--$4,875 to replace doors and upgrade the Junior Activities Building.

Sullivan County

-- Sullivan County Fair--$16,250 to improve handicapped accessibility by the grandstand, move the scales and scale house, build a retaining wall, and construct a larger seating area.

   Susquehanna County   -- Harford Fair--$3,200 to improve the main parking lot.    Wayne County  

-- Greene Dreher Sterling Fair--$4,000 to construct a new chain link fence around parking area.

-- Wayne County Fair--$15,827 to pave entrance roads and handicapped parking area.

Washington County

-- Washington County Ag Fair--$16,250 to construct a 40'x 200'x 12' horse barn.

   -- West Alexander Fair--$6,500 to repair blacktop roads.    Warren County   -- Warren County Fair--$8,125 to construct a permanent food booth.    York County  

-- York Fair--$16,250 to remove and replace 11 double doors on Heritage Hall.

   CONTACT:   Teresa Candori   717-783-1116    Jean Kummer, Ag   717-787-5085  

Pennsylvania Office of the Governor

CONTACT: Teresa Candori of Pennsylvania Office of the Governor,+1-717-783-1116; or Jean Kummer of PA Agriculture, +1-717-787-5085

Web Site: http://www.agriculture.state.pa.us/http://www.governor.state.pa.us/