THE SUN: Federal bill looks to support local fairs
June 2, 2021 by Staff Report
SARATOGA | A new federal bill now looks to provide grant funding to agricultural fairs to help ease financial losses from 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Agricultural Fairs Rescue Act, co-sponsored again by U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik, would provide $500 million in Agricultural Fair Rescue Grants to agricultural fairs, administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Marketing Service.
It would also prioritize fairs that faced greatest financial hardship
“County fairs are highly-anticipated annual events for our rural communities, youth, and families, helping to promote local small businesses, family farms, and agriculture,” Stefanik said in a June 2 announcement.
“I am proud to support this bill to help our county fairs overcome the unfair and unprecedented financial challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and I look forward to attending our fairs this summer.”
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