Governor Andrew Cuomo announced this week that $5 million dollars in grants are being awarded to county and youth fairs across New York State. In the Hudson Valley five recipients will receive nearly $500,000 towards various improvement projects and new infrastructure.

“These fairs are a part of New York's rich tradition and help showcase the pride and heritage of communities in every corner of this great state,” Governor Cuomo said. “These investments will help these fairs attract more visitors, raise the profile of local vendors and businesses, and help spur economic growth across New York."

The funds are being awarded courtesy of the States Agricultural Fairgrounds Infrastructure Improvement Program. In total fifty-six local fairs will receive $89,285 to help offset costs of improvement and renovation projects as well as new construction. Officials say this is first time in nearly a decade that local fairs will receive funds to help with these critical infrastructure improvements.

In the Hudson Valley the following local fairs and organizations will receive funds;

Columbia County Agricultural Society

Dutchess County Agricultural Society

Goshen Historic Track

Orange County Agricultural Society

Ulster County Agricultural Society