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Barlow fair receives $1,500 grant

GRINNELL, Iowa — Barlow Independent Fair of Barlow, Ohio, will receive a $1,500 grant through Grinnell Mutual’s Fairground Facelift initiative to renovate the historic roundhouse by installing new floors and siding and an updated electrical system.

Fair board members Blake and Abby Campbell saw the opportunity to improve a great piece of Barlow Independent Fair history and decided to apply.

“We would like to thank Grinnell Mutual for providing the grant and we would also like to thank our amazing community supporters who voted for the Barlow Independent Fair!” said Abby, fair secretary.

“We have an amazing community. We truly are one big fair family. Thank you to all who support the Barlow Independent Fair and its future!”

Grinnell Mutual received more than 50 fairground project submissions from 11 states. Fairground supporters then cast nearly 13,000 votes for their favorite projects among the 11 finalists. The six winning recipients shared a total of $7,500 worth of grants and were chosen based on the number of votes received.

The annual promotion gives county fairgrounds in Grinnell Mutual’s writing territory a chance to rally their communities and raise money to make improvements.

“We understand the importance of local fairgrounds in communities. Fairgrounds provide a place for community members to interact and gather with each other,” said Grinnell Mutual Director of Advertising and Community Relations Barb Baker. “The Fairground Facelift grant is Grinnell Mutual’s way to help local fairgrounds improve and maintain current facilities.”

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