Governor Asa Hutchinson, Arkansas Economic Development Commission (AEDC) Executive Director Mike Preston and Rural Services Director Alex Johnston presented $24,650 to 7 county fair associations selected for funding through the Fiscal Year 2019, Cycle I County Fair Building Grant Program. The awards ceremony took place at the Governor’s Reception Room of the State Capitol on Oct. 18.


In attendance were representatives receiving a County Fair Building grant on behalf of Van Buren County.  The Van Buren County Fair Association received $4,000 to purchase 22 plastic tables, 4 table carts, 160 plastic chairs and 5 chair carts.


The AEDC Division of Rural Services works in partnership with the Arkansas Rural Development Commission to administer the County Fair Grant Program each year. Counties with a population of 55,000 or less are eligible to apply and the state grant money awarded through the program is administered by the county judge.


This past fiscal year, the maximum award was $4,000 and eligible projects included construction, renovation, or general improvements of county fair buildings or purchase of items shown to directly improve the building or the services that the county fair association may provide.