Rock County Free Fair Floral Hall Arts, History and Cultural Initiative
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.
To restore Rock County Fair's Floral Hall. Built in 1911 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Rock County Fair will restore its interior. Funding will not only preserve this historic building, but also create an enhanced space to showcase regional artwork.
Sue Ellingsen: Former middle school Band Director at Blue Earth Area Public School. 2006 Blue Earth Area Teacher of the Year.
Ron Oleheiser: District 8 Representative of the Minnesota State Fair.
Dan Grunhovd: Past president of the Minnesota Federation of County Fairs.
Pat Coleman: Acquisitions Librarian at the Minnesota Historical Society.
Jamey Flannery: Project Manager at Flannery Construction. Has full range of general contracting experience, from new construction to remodeling to improving historical structures.