Rock County Free Fair Floral Hall Arts, History and Cultural Initiative

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Rock County Free Fair
Recipient Type
Non-Profit Business/Entity
In Progress
Start Date
May 2013
End Date
June 2013
Counties Affected
Project Overview

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.

Competitive Grant Making Body
Advisory Group Members and Qualifications

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.

Conflict of Interest Disclosed
Legal Citation / Subdivision
Laws of MN, Article 4, Section 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.

2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Other Funds Leveraged
Recipient Board Members
Spenser Sells, Lee Sells, Steve Hansen, Isaac DeBor, Al Aanenson, Burdette Braun, Rollie Crawford, Clair Crawford, Ron Fick, Jim Hatting, Lowell Jauert, Bill Miller, Bryce Niessink, Cory Schoenemann, Leon Siebenahler, Greg Uithoven, Bob Zinnel
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Rock County Free Fair
Administered By
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625 Robert Street North
St. Paul, MN 55155

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