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By Michele Smith
The Times 

Friends of the Fairgrounds Working Hard

Group has raised over $40,000 for fairgrounds improvements


December 20, 2018

Michele Smith

Julia Mead (left), president of the Friends of the Fairgrounds, received a $1,500 award from N.W. Farm Credit Services for professionally-engineered footing in the indoor arena. David and Dianne McKinley (center) and Jonathan Bailey (right), represent N.W. Farm Credit Services.

DAYTON-The Friends of the Fairgrounds-Columbia County have an abiding interest in maintaining the rural and historic nature of the county fairgrounds, said the group's president, Julia Mead. Since forming in Oct. 2017, the group has accomplished much, under the umbrella of the Columbia County Community Network.

"They have been invaluable to our progress with guidance for prioritizing projects, setting a budget and seeking grants," said Mead.

Eventually the FFCC will spin off as an independent charitable nonprofit organization, but in the meantime the Community Network has provided important...

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