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First Security Bank and Foundation Support Floyd County Fair with Multiple Donations

First Security Bank and Foundation Support Floyd County Fair with Multiple Donations

First Security Bank & Trust and the First Security Foundation are proud to announce multiple recent donations to support the Floyd County Fair.

On May 27th, 2019, a tornado struck the Floyd County Fairgrounds, destroying five buildings and damaging several more. Because of the hard work and dedication of the fair board president, board members, and supporters across the community, the fair was rescued and held as scheduled in the summer of 2019.

Since the day the tornado touched down, work has been ongoing to rebuild what was lost and take advantage of an opportunity to improve the fairgrounds. Board members set out to reorganize the property, construct new types of buildings, and change the footprint to better accommodate a growing crowd of exhibitors and fairgoers.

As the board was preparing to unveil these improvements during the 2020 edition of the fair, another disaster struck: an international pandemic. Now, because of social distancing rules, this year’s fair events will be limited to livestock and static exhibits. Organizers say it gives young 4-H and FFA members a chance to put the results of their hard work on display while limiting the potential spread of COVID-19.

“County fairs are about agriculture. This is about those kids who have taken the time throughout the year to start this project,” said Floyd County Fair Board President, Amy Staudt. “We wanted to make sure they can still show their livestock. So, we’ll get those livestock shows in here for them. They can focus on that this year at least, and have something come out of that.”

Staudt spoke to First Security recently for a video profiling the changes made to the fairgrounds in the wake of last year’s tornado. That video can be seen here: https://youtu.be/eZTfPh9sZcA

To help the Floyd County Fair recover from these twin setbacks, First Security Bank and the First Security Foundation have announced several new donations:

  • $10,000 from the First Security Foundation toward tornado recovery. These funds were put toward the cost of a $37,000 wooden pavilion that can be rented for weddings and other events.
  • $1,000 from First Security Bank to support ongoing expenses at the fairgrounds.
  • $250 First Security Bank sponsorship of the livestock show arena, which will be used by exhibitors in the 2020 edition of the fair.

These donations are in addition to a $50,000 donation given over five years by the First Security Foundation to help fund the construction of the Youth Enrichment Center on the fairgrounds.

“We are proud to support such an important community resource,” said Matt Bradley, First Security Marketing Manager. “We’re determined to make sure this fair overcomes these two major challenges and comes back even stronger in 2021.”

First Security Bank & Trust has locations across North Central Iowa and headquarters in Charles City. Member FDIC.

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