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Air for Sharp County Fair exhibition hall closer to reality

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Nelson Gatewood, Quartermaster of the Highland VFW Post 472 presents a check for $10,000 to the Air for the Fair project, the largest donation the group has received to help defray the cost of air conditioning the Sharp County Fairgrounds Education building for the 2012 Sharp County Fair. Photo/Tammy Curtis [Order this photo]
It is looking like "Air for the Fair,"- the project to air condition the Education building at the Sharp County Fairgrounds-will soon reach its goal.

The project began in January 2011 to put an end to the stifling temperatures exhibitors and visitors endure in the hot building during the county fair.

On Thursday, May 10, the largest donation to date was received when, Nelson Gatewood, Quartermaster of the Highland VFW Post 472 presented a $10,000 check to the Air for the Fair Project. The donation will provide the majority of the funding for the large project.

Numerous clubs have donated to the project, which was begun by the Sharp County Extension Homemakers and the Master Gardeners. Modern Woodman of America, Renee Clay-Circle and other local citizens, as well as First National Banking Company have helped with donations.

The project has also been awarded grants from Walmart and the Arkansas Community Foundation.

Bernadette Freigy, Air for the Fair Treasurer, said, "Because of all these donations, the goal of heating and air conditioning the education building is reachable."

Friegy explained the project will also include heating, making the building available for use during the winter months.

Fundraising efforts are continuing, but supporters are confident the project will be completed by this year's county fair in July.

To make a donation or for further information about the project, contact Freigy at 870-966-4940

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