Minnesota's Legacy

Historic Fair Village

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Jackson County Fair Association
Recipient Type
Non-Profit Business/Entity
Start Date
May 2012
End Date
September 2012
Activity Type
Counties Affected
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)

To preserve and protect the exteriors and interiors of various buildings that make up the Historic Fair Village.

Measurable Outcome(s)

All improvements were completed. The contractor and lumber yard worked together to special order materials needed to match and compliment the historic nature of the buildings being repaired. Displays and artifacts are protected and accessible to the public.

Recipient Board Members
Mike Stade Doug Johnson Terri Bargfrede Sandy Phillips Curt Chergosky John Chonko Jason Diemer Jeff Fiala Dennis Froderman Jeff Heser Rhonda Nelson Jim Nesseth William Tusa Wayne Walter Ed Yonker
Project Overview

To enhance and extend the life of the 15 structures which currently make up the Jackson County Historical Fair Village by replacing damaged windows, leaking roof, and rotting siding. Structural improvements on buildings will allow fair visitors additional access to new displays and artifacts that were not displayed previously, due to fear of damage by wind, rain, and rodents.

Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Jackson County Fair Association
Street Address
78748 550th Ave.
Zip Code
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