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Aitkin County Agricultural Society
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$7,783

To provide access to arts and heritage education to fairgoers. The Aitkin County Agricultural Society enhanced their portable stage by adding additional equipment and a sound system. The fair was able to welcome three artistic performers, including a bluegrass band, a clown, and a caricature artist and purchase interactive items that are used in the new agricultural education center.

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Freeborn County Agricultural Society
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$7,368

To bring a variety of cultural heritage and arts programming to the fair, and purchase a stage.

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Anoka County Fair
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$7,783

To provide comedy ventriloquism and variety marionette shows and provide accompanying workshops on the construction and use of sock puppets. Puppets are a powerful way of bringing story to life and appeal to adults and children alike. The show will stimulate imagination and allow children to learn through play.

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Chippewa County Fair
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$7,368

To provide arts and cultural heritage activities during fair by hosting a polka band on Seniors Day and sponsoring a children's tent with various arts and heritage related activities.

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Pope County Agricultural Society
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$1,500

To partner with local non-profits to bring arts and cultural heritage demonstrations to the Pope County Fair. Demonstrations will range from quilting and spinning to the fine arts, rosemaling, and lefse making.

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Chisago County Agricultural Society
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$7,368

To enhance the creative arts exhibit areas in the open class and 4-H buildings. Improved lighting will better showcase locally created works in a variety of categories, including but not limited to: painting, quilting, sewing, woodworking.

Funds will also be used to create an agriculture in Minnesota program for children and host a polka band.

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Morrison County Fair
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$7,100

To purchase a sound system to enhance the arts and cultural heritage programming at the fair.

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Mower County Agricultural Society
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$7,368

To improve the lighting and display areas in Creative Arts Building.

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Pope County Agricultural Society
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$7,368

To enhance the free arts and cultural heritage performances on Pope County Fair's Free Stage by installing a permanent sound system and bring a Medicine Wagon Show to perform multiple shows each day of the fair. Additionally, to mount historical markers around the fair to explain the history of the buildings and fairgrounds.

Recipient
Wilkin County Agricultural Society
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$7,368

To increase access to arts, cultural, and MN history programming at the Wilkin County Fair. Programming will include performances by a bluegrass band, dance group, the Red River Theater, and a one room schoolhouse reenactment. Attendees will also be able to read about the history of the fair on signs placed throughout the grounds, and learn about the history and culture of the livestock industry in the Red River Valley by taking a History Walk.

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Watonwan County Fair
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$7,300

To offer free arts activities for children, host fine arts demonstrations, and create a space for teenagers to attend music shows at the Watonwan County Fair.

Recipient
Meeker County Agricultural Society
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$7,368

To build display cases to increase the fair's capacity to display quilting exhibits. Without secure cases, quilters do not bring their best pieces to at the fair. Funds will also be used to host North County Music, and provide art supplies and create a "kids coop" where children to work on art projects during the fair.

Recipient
Mille Lacs County Fair
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$7,368

To provide a variety of arts and cultural heritage programming opportunities at the Mille Lacs County Fair. A local resident family with success participating in State and National fiddle contests, will assist with the planning and implementation of a fiddle contest and a workshop. A Native American Showcase will allow the Mille Lacs County Fair to broaden its cultural offerings by including an under-represented segment of the county's population in its activities. The showcase will feature Native American dance, song, and drumming.

Recipient
Morrison County Agricultural Society
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$7,368

To build a mobile stage and purchase sound and lighting equipment, in order to increase the fair's ability to host arts and cultural heritage programming.

Recipient
Nobles County Fair Association
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$7,368

To improve the lighting and display areas in the Fine Arts Building. Single bulbs strung over the display area will be replaced by fixtures, and display cases with adjustable shelves will allow for better viewing of the exhibits.

Recipient
West Otter Tail County Fair
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$4,000

To purchase signs, created and painted by a local artist, to identify West Otter Tail County Fair exhibit buildings that display creative fine arts or feature live music.

Recipient
Pine County Agricultural Society
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$36,000

To construct a multi-purpose building for music, theater, entertainment, and artistic demonstrations. The structure will be designed to enhance the quality of sound and the visibility of the artists who perform on stage for the audience.

Recipient
Redwood County Agricultural Society
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$7,368

To provide a performance space to showcase artists from Redwood County and surrounding areas.

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Renville County Agricultural Society
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$7,368

To highlight local talent by enhancing the fine arts display area. Track lighting will improve visibility, and a concrete floor will make the building more accessible to individuals with wheelchairs, walkers, and strollers.

Recipient
Todd County Agricultural Society
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$7,368

To increase access to arts and cultural heritage programming at the Todd County Fair by enhancing a stage, improving the fine arts display area, hosting an array of demonstrations, and featuring an Irish band and theater group.

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Brown County Fair
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$3,920

To enhance the arts and cultural heritage programming at the Brown County Free Fair by installing a sound system to amplify performances and demonstrations.

Sound system was used for several events which included, but not limited to, two children's puppet shows, Mexican folk dancing, German singers and dancers, Native American singers and dancers, Norwegian dancers and a lefse making demonstration, lace making demonstration, presentation on the MN River preservation and history, and folk singing and fiddle music.

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Crow Wing County Fair Association
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$11,000

To enhance access to arts and cultural heritage events at the Crow Wing County Fair. A camera, projector, and big screen will allow visitors to better see demonstrations in the "Curling Building." Funds will also be used to add electrical outlets to run equipment.

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Faribault County Fair and Agricultural Society
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$20,317

To undertake a new programming project: Festival of Arts Day at the Faribault County Fair, and purchase a portable stage to enhance arts and cultural heritage events. Festival of Arts Day will expose guests to different Minnesota artists and types of art found in our state. A variety of genres--story telling, puppetry, folk music, visual arts, and more--will be featured in various locations around the fair.

Recipient
Freeborn County Agricultural Society
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$22,500

To enhance fair visitors' ability to view local artwork at the Freeborn County Fair, by installing track lighting and purchasing new display cases for 2-D and 3-D exhibits in the Creative Arts and Crafts building. Funds will also be used to bring new programming to the fair. Ben Franklin will live at the fair and converse with visitors, bringing with him historically accurate replicas of furniture, clothing, and cookware. Visitors can watch or participate in building a log cabin with turn of the century tools.

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Lincoln County Agricultural Society
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$11,873

To enhance Lincoln County Fair's capacity to host diverse programming by purchasing a stage. A stage would create a performance area outside of the grandstand, allowing for more programming at the fair. Currently, there is not a space for dance performances or performances with multiple singers. The stage would elevate the event to attract attention and allow for greater visibility, but be low enough to allow for audience interaction.

Recipient
Wabasha County Agricultural Fair Association
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$8,000

To enhance the lighting in the demonstrations and exhibit building.

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Renville County Agricultural Society
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$7,368

To improve the floor in the arts open class building to make the area handicap accessible, and install track lighting above art displays.

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Lyon County Fair
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$7,368

To bring a marionette show, draft horse show, and provide materials for children to make their own puppets, during the Lyon County Fair.

Recipient
Perham Agricultural Society
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$15,982

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.

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Itasca County Agricultural Society
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$3,300

To offer new arts and history programming at the Itasca County Fair. Visitors will have the opportunity to listen to a harpist, dulcimer player, and watch a presentation on the dogsled, clothing, and making of the film Iron Will.

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Lincoln County Agricultural Society
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$7,368

To bring a variety of arts and cultural heritage programming to the Lincoln County Fair. The fair will host live jazz, folk and bluegrass bands, in addition to a clogging performance. A demonstration area will also be created in the Open Class Exhibits Building. In that space, an artist will present on drawing and painting, and attendees can make their own art at the fair with provided supplies.

Recipient
Benton County Agricultural Society
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$7,783

To enhance fairgoers access to the arts by adding a sound system to an existing stage area, adding display cases in the Heritage Building, and expanding art demonstrations.

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Crow Wing County Fair Association
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$7,368

To provide an additional stage for area artists and educators to showcase their talents and knowledge. Arts in the Northland will encompass a diverse group of artists and educators to offer educational and hands on experiences for fairgoers. Historical, traditional, and modern forms of art are all to be a part of the Arts in the Northland.

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Big Stone County Agricultural Society
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$7,783

To offer live performances to enhance the education, preservation, and promotion of Minnesota history and cultural heritage. Live performances at Big Stone County Fair will include a Bluegrass Band, a percussion group showcasing music from around the globe, a magician highlighting the history and heritage of magic, a caricature artist, and a vaudeville-style comedy troupe.

Recipient
Northern MN District Fair Association
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$7,368

To provide a space for cultural events and demonstrations at the Northern Minnesota District Fair. By building a performance area and installing a sound system, the fair will have created a dedicated space for history skits, 4-H demonstrations, concerts, and other arts and cultural heritage related programming.

Recipient
Cass County Agricultural Society
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$7,783

To remodel an existing commercial building to be established as the Pillager Arts Center. The Pillager Arts Center will be an epicenter for arts education for the community and serve as a space where people can interact with other creative minds.

Recipient
Cass County Agricultural Society
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$7,783

To update and enhance cultural heritage exhibits at the Cass County Fair. Projects will include brightening display areas, installing speakers, and removing outdated displays to replace with new exhibits of art and cultural artifacts from the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwa and other pieces relating to regional heritage.

Recipient
Steele County Agricultural Society
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$12,000

To increase the Steele County Fair's capacity to showcase children's art by purchasing new display materials. Portable wall panels will allow work to be hung in a gallery type fashion, and offer more surface area to display children's art.

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Clay County Fair
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$7,783

To offer hands-on art workshops with local artists. The Clay County Fair will hold hour-long classes with Melissa Kossick and Steve Stark, for both children and adults, on portrait-painting, painting with fingers, pointillism, collage, and local historical drawing. The project is meant to have lasting impact on participants by instilling interest and confidence in order to inspiring them to pursue more art projects on their own.

Recipient
Clearwater County Agricultural Society
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$7,783

To offer arts activities that highlight the special attributes of local culture. The Clearwater County Fair will host two workshop sessions of Scandinavian rosemaling, and exhibit the work of two local Native American artists. These two very different cultural events will provide community members the opportunity to learn about cultural differences, similarities, and the rich heritage of the area.