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FCS Financial board and staff present grant to build the Knox County 4-H and FFA Fairgrounds.

Photo courtesy of The Edina Sentinel/Echo Menges

The FCS Financial Rural Community and Agriculture Foundation recently granted $10,000 to the University of Missouri Extension in Knox County to assist with establishing the first-ever Knox County 4-H/FFA Fairgrounds.

The 4-H/FFA Fairgrounds project is located on the Edina City Lake property leased from the City of Edina for a term of 50 years. The project will be completed in two phases with a cost of approximately $200,000. The first phase included the construction of a show barn, gates and wash racks this year. The second phase to be completed in 2023 will include a climate-controlled exhibition building, concessions, and restrooms.

“The new building will open up more opportunities for Knox County youth and add value to our programs,” says Crystal Murr, 4-H Youth Program Associate. “We see this project as the beginning of a new chapter in 4-H. It will provide members with a sense of community and belonging while allowing volunteers, local businesses, and organizations the opportunity to come together and build something for future generations to enjoy.”

The FCS Financial Rural Community and Agriculture Foundation represents the cooperative’s long-term commitment to a thriving and prosperous agricultural industry and our rural communities. The Foundation focuses on targeted, long-term investments.

“County fairs are a tremendous educational experience for rural youth,” says David Janish, FCS Financial CEO. “This expansion will enhance that experience and help 4-H and FFA members build relationships with peers from other areas.”

Additional information and an application are available on our website or email

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