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Contest will award three grants to county fairground projects

Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance Co. seeks submissions for projects across the Midwest that will improve local fairgrounds. Grinnell Mutual is offering Fairground Facelift grants totaling $3,500 to three county fairgrounds in order to make a lasting impact for the fairground and the people who use it.

“The fairground is a gathering place for the people who live in our rural marketplace,” said Barb Baker, Grinnell Mutual director of advertising and community relations. “Many fairgrounds show signs of how well they are used. The Fairground Facelift is Grinnell Mutual’s way of recognizing the impact local fairgrounds have on their communities.”

Grinnell Mutual will accept project submissions on its Front Porch Facebook page, https://www.face FrontPorch, through April 30. Projects must have (or affiliate with) a county fairground and be located in one of 12 states in which Grinnell Mutual does business: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Dakota and Wisconsin. State fairground projects will not be accepted.

Beginning May 13, the public can vote on Grinnell Mutual’s Front Porch Facebook page for their favorite project to win a Fairground Facelift grant.

“People living and working in rural areas know the needs of their local fairgrounds,” Baker said. “Their votes on Grinnell Mutual’s Facebook page will decide which projects will receive Fairground Facelift grants.”

Grinnell Mutual will announce finalists May 13, and any Facebook fan can vote on project finalists to receive grants. Voting ends May 27. The three finalists with the most votes will receive $2,000, $1,000 and $500, respectively.

For more information, visit Grinnell Mutual’s Facebook page, https://www.face FrontPorch.