The Sarpy County Agricultural Society, the board that runs the Sarpy County Fair, got a $2,500 boost to its expansion plans last week.
Gretna resident Tim Schram won $2,500 from Monsanto’s America’s Farmers Grow Communities contest. The program encourages farmers to enter to win $2,500, which is then directed to the farmer’s nonprofit of choice.
The ceremonial check presentation took place Feb. 24th at the Sarpy County Fairgrounds.
“We just want to contribute to the Sarpy County Fair,” said Joyce Schram, Tim’s mother. “We want to see rural heritage preserved in Sarpy County. It’s a good cause for all our youth in Sarpy County.”
Ag Society president Rich Jansen said the funds will be used to add a new 3,000-seat grandstand on the south end of the fairgrounds. Motorsport events like the tractor pulls and demolition derby will be moved to the new arena, leaving the north arena strictly for rodeo and animal events.
“The problem is, over the years, it gets so congested up here (at the north end),” Jansen said, “and we were always afraid if there would be a run away or something like that. Safety has always been number one here at the fairgrounds. We figured this was long overdue.”