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Lee County Fair Association Gets Grant to Replace Park Pavilion

The Lee County Fair Association will be able to replace a section of an old existing pavilion with the help of a $25,000 community development grant.

Bluebonnet Electric Cooperative and the Lower Colorado River Authority provided the grant to help replace a section of the old wood and tin structure with an allsteel structure. The pavilion is located at the Lee County Fairgrounds/Firemen’s Park, and the aged pavilion is becoming inefficient and unsafe. The pavilion is located in the center of the park and provides 21,250 square feet of covered area that provides an important location for events such as arts and crafts fairs, entertainment, etc.

“This pavilion project will greatly enhance activities and capabilities of all the Lee County nonprofits and enable additional rentals for other events,” said Jason Haas, president of the Lee County Fair Association. “The annual economic impact from all the events hosted at the park throughout the year exceeds $12 million.”

The community grant is one of a number of grants recently awarded through LCRA’s Community Development Partnership Program. The program provides economic development and community assistance grants to cities, counties, volunteer fire departments, regional development councils and other nonprofit organizations in LCRA’s electric and water service areas. The program is part of LCRA’s effort to give back to the communities it serves. Bluebonnet Electric Cooperative is one of LCRA’s 43 wholesale electric customers and a partner in the grant program.

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