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Donation for Josephine Co. Fairgrounds

FairgroundsGRANTS PASS, Ore. — The struggling Josephine County Fairgrounds is getting a big boost from the Southern Oregon Horse Racing Association.

On Friday, a $20,000 check was handed over to the fairgrounds to help with the current fundraising campaign. It was just a year ago that the Grants Pass Downs was struggling, but this year the event turned a profit, which is making today’s donation possible.

The Southern Oregon Horse Racing Association is hoping their donation will keep the fairgrounds open, or the venue’s most profitable event may not have a place to race next year.

“We have the stalls, we have the race track, we have the grand stands, and like I’ve said if we work together and make this community happen we can make this economy grow,” said Josephine County Fairgrounds Director Mary Groves.

The fairgrounds has been fundraising since November. The goal is to raise $200,000 by the end of June to keep up with the costs of maintaining the fairgrounds.

They’ve received $50,000 from the community. The $20,000 donation today will boost funds raised to $70,000.