Improvements made to horse barn at fair, thanks to grant

Lyle Holmstrom, president of the Chisago County Fair Board, left, and Mike Hochstatter, right, accept the check from Mark Gallik of AgStar during the county fair last week. Photo by MaryHelen Swanson

The AgStar Fund for Rural America, the corporate giving program of AgStar Financial Services, recently awarded $2,500 to the Chisago County Ag Society to help repair a horse barn stall.

“The horse barn is in dire need of exterior wall boards which also double as the outside wall for each horse stall. They have been on the list to replace but there have been no funds available. They have been painted each year to make them look better, but they are now beyond that,” said Mike Hochstatter, Chisago County Fair manager.

The mission of this program is to support rural areas and county fair organizations as upgrades or maintenance are done on fairground livestock buildings, 4-H buildings or livestock judging arenas. Every county in AgStar’s 69 county service area is eligible to apply for a grant up to $2,500 if it has not received a grant in the last two years.

“Many county fairs struggle on the upkeep of these old buildings and AgStar is proud to step in with monetary support to update them,” stated John Monson, Chair of AgStar’s Fund Board of Trustees. “County fairs are vital to the agriculture community and it’s an honor for us to help them succeed.”

Since its inception in 2001, the AgStar Fund has donated in excess of $3 million to organizations working to improve the future of rural America. Support must align with the Fund’s mission of enhancing life in agriculture and rural America.


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