In a special presentation on Monday, the Pickaway County Fair Board announced large donations to the Fairground revitalization efforts. Cargill, a global agricultural corporation, donated $250,000 to the project, while the Pickaway County Farm Bureau pledged an additional $10,000. Berger Health System will be presenting another donation Tuesday at 1 p.m..
Pickaway County Commissioner Brian Stewart said in a Facebook post, “These incredibly generous donations show that the community is solidly behind this project, and we can’t wait to break ground Saturday and get the construction started.”
At Monday’s presentation, a representative from Cargill said, “We have a tremendous investment in this area as a company and we like to support the community. We started thinking about the impact to the community and support we aspire from the community; we felt we needed to do something in a sizable way.”. The Cargill team then presented the Fair Board with the quarter of a million dollar donation.
In the presentation from the Pickaway County Farm Bureau, who was the primary sponsor of Monday’s fair, they pledged $10,000 to the project. The Farm Bureau said, “We like to give back to the fair each year and this is the perfect opportunity to do so.” An immediate donation of $2,500 was made with another $7,500 promised.
Video of Announcement
The Pickaway County Fairground Revitalization Plan is a partnership between the Pickaway County Agricultural Society and Pickaway County Commissioners. This $12 million project will feature new animal barns, a 1,000-seat amphitheater, office space, and picnic areas. Also planned, is the eventual addition of a 550-seat event center and a new parking lot. Construction on Phase I is slated to start this coming weekend and will be completed by the 2019 Fair. Learn more here.