(Courtesy of Muscatine Journal)
MUSCATINE, Iowa – The Muscatine County Fair will be receiving a $50,000 match donation from Kent Corporation for the construction of a new restroom/shower facility at the south end of the fairgrounds, according to a press release. These improvements will allow the fair to expand its service to fairgoers, race fans, and the hundreds of youth that participate in the fair each year.
The south end of the fairgrounds is primarily used for livestock exhibits and is utilized by hundreds of youth from Muscatine County each summer. Many of these youth stay during the week of the fair and utilize the current shower and restroom facility, which is past its useful life and in need of immediate attention, the press release stated. The new facility will also be compliant with all handicap accessibility laws.
“We have been very impressed with the excitement and accomplishments of the fair board, volunteers and other contributors over the last year. We are pleased to build on these successes and once again extend our support for rejuvenating the fairgrounds. We believe the county fair experience is important for both youth and adults to celebrate our regions agricultural roots and dedication to the family,” Gage Kent, CEO of Kent Corporation, stated in the press release.
The Fair Board is kicking off a fundraising campaign with a goal of raising the required $50,000 match by the end of summer.
The structural improvement campaign has raised over $800,000 since the start of fundraising on June 1, 2014. The Fair Board hopes to have at least five projects completed before the Fair in July. With these renovations, the Muscatine County Fair can continue to host attractions such as rodeos, concerts, livestock and pet shows, 4H and FFA competitions, and much more for years to come.