Arts and Cultural Heritage Projects

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Perham Agricultural Society
Recipient Type
Non-Profit Business/Entity
Start Date
April 2012
End Date
November 2012
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Otter Tail
Otter Tail
Project Overview

To enhance arts and cultural heritage programming at the East Otter Tail County Fair by hosting a fiddle contest, a barbershop quartet, and by purchasing a sound system to help performers engage a larger audience.

Competitive Grant Making Body
Advisory Group Members and Qualifications

Pat Coleman: Acquisitions Librarian at the Minnesota Historical Society.
Sue Ellingsen: Former middle school band director at Blue Earth Area Public School. 2006 Blue Earth Area Teacher of the Year.
Jamey Flannery: Project Manager at Flannery Construction. Has full range of general contracting experience, from new construction to remodeling to improving historical structures.
Dan Grunhovd: Former president of the Minnesota Federation of County Fairs.
Ron Oleheiser: District 8 Representative of the Minnesota State Fair.

Conflict of Interest Disclosed
Legal Citation / Subdivision
2011 Laws of Minnesota, Article 4, Section 2, Subdivison 10
Appropriation Language

These amounts are appropriated to the commissioner of agriculture for grants to county agricultural societies to enhance arts access and education and to preserve and promote Minnesota's history and cultural heritage as embodied in its county fairs. The grants shall be in addition to the aid distributed to county agricultural societies under Minnesota Statutes, section 38.02. The commissioner shall award grants as follows: (2) $700,000 each year for a competitive Arts and Cultural Heritage Grants Program-County Fairs. The commissioner shall award grants for the development or enhancement of county fair facilities or other projects or programs that provide access to the arts, arts education, or agricultural, historical, and cultural heritage programs, including but not limited to agricultural education centers, arts buildings, and performance stages.

2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Direct expenses
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

Track audience numbers at events and survey participants.

Measurable Outcome(s)

The average number of participants attending an event was 65.Ages attending the fiddle contest ranged from babies to 80 years old. 91% of audience members surveyed said the sound was clean and crisp, and greatly improved from past years.Performers commented on the high quality of equipment, and would like to return.

Recipient Board Members
Pete Zavadil
Diane Sazama
Rita Riestenberg
Todd Steeke
William Rose
Eugene Jahnke
Edwin Keil
Ken Rosen
Curt Osterfeld
Monique Rossow
Jason Bachmann
Kristine Moltzan
Gary White
Eric Spencer
Karen Gorentz
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Perham Agricultural Society
Street Address
445 4th Ave SE
Zip Code
Administered By
Administered by

625 Robert Street North
St. Paul, MN 55155

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