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Community Foundation funds horse ring fence at fairgrounds

PHOTO PROVIDED From left are, front, Foundation board president Allan Lugg, Fair board vice president Ed Peifer, Foundation board member Lana Muthler, Foundatin executive director Phileshia Dombrowski; back, Fair board director Don Dunkle, Fair Board president Phil Courter, Foundation board member Mike Snow.

MACKEYVILLE — The Clinton County Fairgrounds has benefited from thousands of dollars of donations and contributions through the Clinton County Community Foundation over the past 20 or more years.

And this year was no exception, as the fairgrounds received $6,812 for a new fence around the lower horse ring at the fairgrounds.

A beautiful white fence now surrounds the 150- by 250- ring, which is adjacent to the large horse ring, and will offer horse riders more opportunities to practice for shows and also opportunities to bring horse shows, and perhaps rodeos to Clinton County.

“There are lots of opportunities,” said Fair Board President Phil Courter as he talked about the new fence and horse ring and what it brings to the fairgrounds.

“We will use it a lot. We can rent it out. Our local kids can practice… and with two rings side-by side, it’s perfect for shows and rodeos, We’re hoping for better shows with two rings,” Courter said.

The foundation has given money to the fairgrounds for a lot of years, said Don Dunkle, a fair board member.

He noted that some families — like the Kyles and Gummos — leave money to the foundation and designate it be given for specific uses, in this case farming, outdoors and connecting the community. It fits right in with the fair, he said.

Connie Peiffer, assistant treasurer, went down a list of projects financed by the foundation over the years, including restroom renovations, electrical updates, interior lighting, exterior lighting, waterlines, new fencing at the lower horse ring, extending public water to the fairgrounds, a storage building and new restrooms.

“We would not be where we are today without the fundation,” Peiffer said.

The fence and ring were just recently completed and members of the foundation board and fair board gathered on a sunny afternoon last week for a photo at the site.

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