County Fairs Suffering from State Budget Problems

By: AP
By: AP

The state's budget woes are hurting county fairs.

Funding for prize money for children participating in 4-H expositions has been frozen, while money for fairgrounds upkeep has been slashed.

Money for prizes may be released soon to fair organizers.

But they fear the deep cuts to funding for general upkeep of buildings and grounds could be permanent.

The money is collected through a tax on the three Detroit casinos and a share of wagers made at pari-mutuel race tracks.

Part of the reason funds are down is that horse track wagering has declined.

So far, the state has handed out about 600-thousand dollars for upkeep, a third less than a year ago.

The state gave out more than one and a half million dollars in prize money last year.


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  • by JB Location: Michigan on Jun 18, 2007 at 03:16 PM
    Well this is a disaster are wonderful governor has gotten us into. She is to blame for a the money problems here and I just can not believe that the people here in Michigan voted her in again. Now she will finish the job by the time she is done with term there will be nothing left of Michigan and no one living here anymore. People are moving out now and never coming back becuase of how bad it is getting and I blame the governor for all of it.
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