Mahoning, Trumbull, Columbiana Counties Awarded Funds for Fairs

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The state has awarded $106,831.54 each to agricultural societies in Mahoning, Trumbull and Columbiana counties to support fairgrounds and enhance experiences for fairgoers. 

“Fairs bring communities together and are an important part of the Mahoning Valley identity,” said state Rep. Lauren McNally of Youngstown, D-59th. “I’m thankful state lawmakers are helping to remove barriers to entry and ensuring all Ohioans can enjoy them.”

The funding is part of $10 million awarded through the state’s County and Independent Fair Grant Program, which was established to support county and independent agricultural societies. 

Grants will support a variety of projects, including new grandstands, repairing or replacing dilapidated buildings, new or improved restroom facilities, parking and camping sites and ADA accessibility improvements such as ramp additions and improved pathways.  

“Investing in Ohio’s county and independent fairs means investing in some of Ohio’s most beloved traditions,” Gov. Mike DeWine said. “These improvements will ensure that our fairgrounds remain safe and accessible for everyone.”

All 94 county and independent fairs applied and received funding. Funding for the program was made possible with support from the 135th Ohio General Assembly in House Bill 33, which specifies that funds should be distributed evenly among all eligible grant applicants. Two projects that requested less than the average were fully funded, with the remainder being distributed evenly. 

“We are investing in what is the heart of many of our rural communities and making vital improvements that will improve the fair experience all across Ohio,” Lt. Gov. Jon Husted said.

Ohio is home to 94 county and independent fairs. The fair season officially kicked off June 8 with the Paulding County Fair and will wrap up Oct. 12 with the Fairfield County Fair. A complete list of the state’s fairs is available HERE.

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.