MOUNT VERNON — The Knox County Commissioners have been awarded a 2018 Keep Ohio Beautiful Paint Grant to be used at the fairgrounds.

The grant is a program designed to provide community groups with paint and painting supplies enabling them to renew a community structure in need into something beautiful through the application of fresh paint and a lot of elbow grease.

Randy Centerbury, the county’s Recycling and Litter Prevention manager, noted Knox County is a Keep Ohio Beautiful affiliate, giving Knox County the ability to leverage more funds to beautify the area.

“The working theory is if you beautify an area, it will be appreciated as such and is less likely to be littered or vandalized,” Canterbury said.

The application included the history of the fairgrounds and emphasized its importance in the community’s identity and economy.

The grant application was written by Canterbury and Emily Marth, county loss and prevention.

Volunteers will be needed to paint prior to the fair, July 22-28. Groups or individuals interested should contact Marth at 740-393-6719 or Canterbury at 740-393-6704.



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