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Fairgrounds scheduled to receive big funding boost from Oregon Legislature

A drone view of the Malheur County Fairgrounds in Ontario last summer. The fairgrounds is in line to receive $2 million from the state for infrastructure upgrades. (The Enterprise/FILE)

ONTARIO – The Malheur County Fairgrounds is in line for a surprise $2 million from the state to be used to improve the grounds.

Fairgrounds across the region are on track to receive a huge infusion of state funds to help spur infrastructure upgrades.

State lawmakers at the Oregon Legislature are expected to approve a $1.4 billion budget bill that will deliver cash to an array of different agencies, including $12 million for county fairs in Crook, Malheur, Grant, Harney Baker and Lake counties.

The funding proposal is part of House Bill 5202, which moved through the Joint Ways and Means Committee Monday, Feb. 28 . . .