Putnam County wins a fairground facelift

Putnam County Fairgrounds of Unionville, Mo., took second place in Grinnell Mutualâ??s Fairground Facelift contest. The fairground will receive $1,000 to cover the open-sided sheep and cattle barns with louvered metal, protecting both livestock and junior exhibitors from sun, rain, and wind while allowing for ventilation in the barns.

This project is one in a series of volunteer-led improvements on the fairgrounds as part of the 75th anniversary celebration of the fair.

â??We put the louvered metal on the poultry and rabbit barn last year on two sides. It went over very well,â?? said Anna Watt, board member of Putnam County Fairgrounds. â??Livestock has always been the backbone of our fair. Itâ??s the main event. If it wasnâ??t for our livestock auction at the end, supporting our youngsters, we wouldnâ??t have a fair.â??

More than 100 projects were submitted from 10 Midwest states for Grinnell Mutualâ??s Fairground Facelift grants. Over 4,400 Facebook users voted for their favorite project from among the 10 finalists and the top three finishers received a total of $3,500 in grants.