New LED Lighting Coming to Michigan’s Monroe County Fair

July 6, 2018

New LED lighting is coming to the parking lots and the horse show arena at the Monroe County Fair.

According to The Monroe News says the fair has been given $40,000 for the new lighting. This is a part of the capital improvement grant from the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development. The total amount of that grant was $80,000. The fair has to kick in half of the money to total the $80,000.

The improvements in the parking lots won’t likely be done until after the July 29 – August 4 fair. This is because some of the lighting is needed for their fairground’s annual Ann Arbor Kennel Club Dog Show taking place from July 6 – 8. Currently, there are four light poles in the parking lots. Some of the improvements have already started in the horse show arena. Fair board members moved five light poles into the arena during a work event earlier in the month.

Gem Electric is handling most of the electrical improvements installing the LED lighting onto the poles. LEDs use only 15% of the energy a standard halogen light uses and provide up to 85% more light output. Fair manager Darryl Diamond spoke about the work being done.

“They’re doing most of the work,” Diamond said. “We’re setting the poles on site, but they’re doing the installations. All of the wires will be buried so we don’t have to worry about the wind or weather knocking them down.”

While Gem Electric is doing the main work, Phil Motylinski, a member of the fair board, is in charge of overseeing the project. Organizers from the 4-H-horseback-riding program are super excited to be receiving the new lights around the arena. Tenley Hauser, general superintendent of the 4-H horses at the fair talked about how much this means.

“It’s going to be awesome,” Hauser said. “We’re very appreciative of the grant. I don’t know how much will change this year because the fair is so close. We won’t change much in the schedule. Probably just add some mini- demonstrations in the evening.”

The lighting will make it easier for people to see when leaving the fair. It will also allow for judging horses to be done at night for the first time ever.

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