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$106K awarded for Hardin County Fair

Hardin County Agricultural Society awarded $106,831.54

The State of Ohio has announced $10 million in grants to support Ohio fairgrounds and enhance experiences for fairgoers.  All 94 county and independent fairs applied for and received funding.

The funding was awarded as part of Ohio's County and Independent Fair Grant Program, which was established to support county and independent agricultural societies with improvements including upgrades to grounds, electrical and sanitation systems, machinery and equipment, and ADA accommodations.  

“Investing in Ohio’s county and independent fairs means investing in some of Ohio’s most beloved traditions," said Governor DeWine. “These improvements will ensure that our fairgrounds remain safe and accessible for everyone.” 


Grants will support a variety of projects, including new grandstands, repairing or replacing dilapidated buildings, new or improved restroom facilities, parking and camping sites, and ADA accessibility improvements like ramp additions and improved pathways. Several projects include electrical upgrades, lighting improvements, and additional directional and traffic signage.  

Funding for the program was made possible with support from the 135th Ohio General Assembly in House Bill 33, which specifies funds should be distributed evenly among all eligible grant applicants. All applicants were awarded up to $106,831.54, with two fairs requesting a lower amount.  The program is administered by the Ohio Department of Development.  

The fair season officially kicked off June 8 with the Paulding County Fair and will wrap up Oct. 12 with the Fairfield County Fair. A complete list of Ohio’s fairs is available on the Department of Agriculture’s website.