The need for improved and expanded facilities for the Cherokee County Fair was first identified during the 2008 Cherokee County Fair.
The 4-H Facilities Betterment Project Committee was founded, and preliminary planning and grant writing was undertaken. The Cherokee Fair Association assisted the committee in securing a Vision Iowa's Community Attraction and Tourism Grant.
The 4-H Facilities Betterment project committee began fundraising efforts only a year ago. The committee has secured approximately 90% of the funding for the building. The exterior frame of the 80' X 200' multi-purpose arena and annex is complete. There is still interior work to complete before the public can fully utilize this facility. The proposed improvements include restroom and shower facilities and a kitchen/meeting room area.
The Cherokee County 4-H Expo Center will provide facilities that can be used for off-season livestock shows, hands-on livestock seminars, 4-H Shooting Sports practice area, and various community and regional events.
In recent weeks several donations have fallen short and with the Community Attraction and Tourism grant award came additional building expenses. Even though the project is an exciting one, and many fundraisers have already been successfully completed, more funds are still required in order to realize the entire goal of the project.
Individuals and families may help complete this project by grain donations, cash donations, buying cookbooks, and supporting upcoming fundraisers sponsored by the building committee and the Cherokee County Fair Association. Upcoming fundraisers include 4-H squirrel ear corn, Santa Workshop and gift wrapping, and benefit dinners.
If you would like to make a donation or need more information, contact the Cherokee County Extension Office, 209 Centennial Dr. Suite A, Cherokee, IA 51012, phone 225-6196, or Kristen Weiland at North Star Community Credit Union, 1030 S 2nd St, Hwy 59 S, Cherokee, IA 51012.