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Quality of Life
Montgomery County Fairgrounds Large Animal Building
The Montgomery County Fairgrounds was relocated in 2018 from Main St. in Dayton to a new site in Jefferson Township. The 2018 Fair was a tremendous success at its new location, increasing attendance by 50% over 2017 at the old site. Funds from the sale of the prior site provided enough capital to construct a new Fairgrounds campus & 2 buildings on land donated by Montgomery County. The #1 priority for further development of the Fairgrounds is a new building to house & display large animals.
Ohio Agricultural Society Facilities Grant Program
The project will provide significant community benefit in two ways: (1) A new Large Animal Barn will allow the Montgomery County Agricultural Society to provide a permanent physical facility for housing and exhibiting the livestock raised by Montgomery to the County's farm families. (2) The 20,000 sq.ft. facility will be available for rental to the entire community year round, providing an additional venue for weddings, community meetings, trade shows, etc. That additional rental income will help the Agricultural Society be self-supporting and less dependent on state and local government financial support.
The project will be measured in two ways: (1) The amount of local money raised or financed to deliver the project will be an important measure of the impact of any state or federal grant support. (2) The amount of rental income generated by rental of a new facility will be an important measure of the project's impact on the self-sufficiency of the Montgomery County Agricultural Society.
Existing Montgomery County Agricultural Society (MCAS) staff positions would be maintained.