City to receive $140K for round barn repairs
|For the Hub City Times
GREEN BAY – The city of Marshfield will receive a $140,000 grant to assist with barn repairs at the “World’s Largest Round Barn.”
Gov. Tony Evers recently announced $21.9 million in grants will be awarded to 27 local governments and organizations through the Tourism Capital Investment Grant Program for major tourism-related capital improvement projects across the state that help promote, maintain, or bolster Wisconsin’s tourism industry. The grants are a continuation of the governor’s efforts to support Wisconsin’s tourism industry. Since 2020, Evers has prioritized more than $200 million in support for travel, tourism, lodging, and entertainment industries.
“We’ve prioritized major investments in Wisconsin’s tourism industry, because it’s at the core of our local economies, helping to promote local festivals and events, support small businesses, restaurants, and hotels, showcase our outdoor recreation opportunities, and so much more,” Evers said. “From Green Bay to Hayward to Wisconsin Dells, these capital infrastructure projects will help ensure Wisconsin’s tourism industry—and all the industries that depend on it—continue to be a strong part of our economy.”
The Tourism Capital Investment Grant Program is funded by the federal American Rescue Plan Act, and grants can be used to build, expand, or maintain buildings, travel-related infrastructure, or public attractions. The grants awarded range from $29,000 to the maximum of $3.5 million, and due to significant interest in the program, additional funding was allocated to support more projects across the state.
“We are proud to support our critical tourism and entertainment industries with capital improvements and investments that would be hard to come by without additional support from the state,” said Wisconsin Department of Administration (DOA) Secretary-designee Kathy Blumenfeld. “I know this investment will make a big difference for communities that rely on tourism dollars to thrive.”
The city of Marshfield will receive a $140,000 grant to assist with barn repair needs at the World’s Largest Round Barn, which was built in 1919 on the Marshfield Fairgrounds and is a staple of the Central Wisconsin State Fair. The funds will be used to replace the barn’s 79 windows. Currently, the wood around the windows is decaying, allowing rain and snow to penetrate the barn.
A list of grant awardees and additional information can be found at https://doa.wi.gov/Pages/TourismCapitalGrantProgram.aspx.