More money coming for fairgrounds


COLUMBUS — The Preble County Fairgrounds been chosen again to receive improvement funds as part of the state’s Capital Budget.

State Senator Bill Beagle and Representative Jeff Rezabek last week announced the introduction of this year’s Capital Budget, which includes an additional $400,000 for upgrades to the fairgrounds in Eaton.

“With thoughtful consideration and wise investment strategies, I am excited to see these funds being made available for projects that enhance community and economic development in Preble County,” said Beagle. “This investment allows the Preble County Fairgrounds to continue its important role in supporting our outstanding agricultural youth programs and bringing the community together.”

Improvements to the Preble County Fairgrounds provide residents and fair-goers a more-accessible and safer gathering place, officials said. Funding helps with building improvements and additions, roadway accessibility and electrical upgrades.

“I was proud to join my friend, Senator Beagle, in securing funding for an important aspect of our community,” said Rezabek. “I believe this is an investment for the future and has the potential to benefit many people in and around Preble County. I look forward to continuing to work with our County Commissioners and other local elected officials to bring about needed funding for our area.”

The legislature generally approves a capital budget every two years in order to fund pressing brick and mortar projects around the state.

“Ohio’s strong fiscal health makes it possible to fund these, and this year’s capital spending plan will continue to grow the state’s economy and add value to Ohioans’ lives,” officials said in a press release.

County officials received word in 2014 of the first Capital Budget Bill funding, an $875,000 grant for a “Capital Improvement Community Recreation Project” at the fairgrounds. Improvements utilizing that funding must be completed by this coming June.

Watch for additional information regarding the grant in upcoming editions of The Register-Herald.

By Eddie Mowen Jr.

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Reach Eddie Mowen Jr. at 937-683-4056 or on Twitter @emowen_RH.

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