Handrails installed at grandstands to improve safety

By: 
Charlie Dennison
Reporter

Earlier this week, handrails were installed at the grandstands of the Fergus County Fairgrounds, much to the relief of Fair Board trustee Gene Meier.

“The handrails are a much needed improvement for the safety of all attendees who use the 24-year-old grandstands,” Meier said.

With help from the Central Montana Foundation – which delivered a significant grant to the Fair Board – the handrails became a reality.

“The Central Montana Foundation Board of Directors was unanimous in its decision to grant $10,000 for the grandstand handrails,” CMF President Dean Comes said. “We felt this is a great use of grant funds since thousands and thousands of people use the facility every year.”

Meier made a presentation at the Central Montana Foundation’s annual meeting. He was presented with a check the following week.

Meier said he is grateful for the CMF supporting the fairgounds’ needs and said he appreciates their benevolence.

“This is such a giving community,” Meier said. “We are fortunate to live here.”

Howard Kolstad also donated $750 and an anonymous donor gave $1,250 to the cause, Meier said.

“We appreciate all contributions,” Meier said.

Meier added if anyone wants to contribute to a fairgrounds-related cause in any way, donate through the Central Montana Foundation.

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