6/7/16 – 5:25 A.M.
The Putnam County Fair is in need of financial help. The Lima News reports last year’s horrible weather during fair week left the fair with a net loss of more than $45,000. Fair Director Nathan Meyer tells the newspaper that the weather and changes in how American Electric Power bills fairgrounds have left the fair board with a “severe” cash shortfall.
The board is applying for a $50,000 grant from the Ohio Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Society Facilities Grant program. But in order to apply for that grant they need $50,000 in matching funds. There isn’t much time to raise the money either, as the deadline to apply is July 1.
Meyer says the money is needed to upgrade a water main at the fairgrounds. Anyone who wants to make a donation can call the fair office at (419)523-4268. A GoFundMe campaign has also been started by people who took part in the fair as kids.
This year’s Putnam County Fair runs June 20 through the 25.
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