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Lawmakers earmark cash for Malheur County Fairgrounds

Dawnita Haueter, Malheur County Fairgrounds manager said a cash infusion from the Oregon Legislature will help the facility. (The Enterprise/PAT CALDWELL)

ONTARIO – The Malheur County Fairgrounds is set to receive a $2 million boost from the state to be used to improve the grounds.

The money is part of a $1.4 billion supplemental budget proposal approved by the just-concluded 2022 Legislature.

Malheur County Fair Board member Jen Hall said the news of the cash influx was a surprise to the board.

“But we are very, very excited,” she said.

Hall said the money could be used for an array of projects, including rebuilding the aging grandstands at the rodeo grounds at the fair.

The board hasn’t had time to decide which projects to fund.

“We . . .