A NEW FUNDRAISING PARTNERSHIP is underway between the Friends of the Fair and three area restaurants: Rival’s Taphouse & Grille, Greg & Lou’s, and Roma’s Back Door. Ten percent of proceeds spent on food at these participating restaurants on Monday, Feb. 19 (Rival’s Taphouse & Grille), Tuesday, Feb. 27 (Greg & Lou’s), and Tuesday, March 6 (Roma’s Back Door) are being offered in community support of the Friends of the Fair. See the article for related times.

   Gathered in the Owosso office of the Independent on Tuesday, Feb. 13 were (from left) Friends of the Fair board member Jeff Watling, Rival’s Taphouse & Grille manager Brandon Youngston, Greg & Lou’s co-owner Christa Redmond, Greg & Lou’s head server Feliberto Castillo, and Friends of the Fair board member Dawn Reha. Roma’s Back Door owner John Orin was unavailable for the photo, though Roma’s is an active participant in this effort.

(Independent Photo/Karen Mead-Elford)


by Karen Mead-Elford, co-editor

(Information submitted by Dawn Reha)

Three partner restaurants have signed on to help with the new Friends of the Fair fundraising campaign, “Food, Family & Fair!” starting Monday, Feb. 19 at Rival’s Taphouse & Grille, located at 2500 E. M-21 in Corunna (open to close), followed by Tuesday, Feb. 27 at Greg & Lou’s, at 1460 M-52 in Owosso, from 6:30 to 8 p.m., and then ending Tuesday, March 6 at Roma’s Back Door, at 200 E. Comstock St. in Owosso, from 5 to 8 p.m. Each partner restaurant will donate ten percent of what is spent on food to the Friends of the Fair. Don’t forget to mention, “I support the fair” at the checkout. This fundraising endeavor includes eat-in, take-out, and even pie orders (Greg & Lou’s).

The Shiawassee County Friends of the Fair is a 501(c)3 tax exempt, nonprofit organization, providing support for the Shiawassee County Fairgrounds, promoting agricultural education through youth activities, scholarships, and more. Three $500 scholarships were presented in 2017 by the Fair Truck Show, in cooperation with the Friends of the Fair, to students planning to attend the Baker College ADI. Previous project support includes: poultry pens, hog pens, goat barn projects, memorial contributions, the annual Fair Truck Thow (National Association of Show Trucks), and mats for the dog barn.

The Friends of the Fair was formed in 2015. The mission statement recognized the need for an independent organization to step up with financial support through grants and donations in support of the Shiawassee County Fair and connected programs.

Rival’s Taphouse manager, Brandon Youngston, shared, “Were just excited to give back to the community. Living in Shiawassee County, and now owning a business here, we understand how much the fair gives back to this area. We’re hoping for a huge day.” Rival’s Taphouse and Grille opened under new ownership in March of 2017. Brandon’s father, Jamie Youngston, from Blackmore Rowe, is the current owner.

Christa Redmond, co-owner with her husband, Eric, of Greg & Lou’s, stated, “I always want to give back to the community. The Friends of the Fair approached me. I just think that anytime there are kids involved, people should try to accommodate and be involved in any way possible.”

This year, the Shiawassee County Fair will be celebrating 31-years on Hibbard Road. In that time, it has become one of the premiere fairgrounds in the state, and now includes the largest goat barn, hog barn, and dog barn, amongst other leading attributes.

For more information on the Friends of the Fair or related events, contact Dawn Reha at (989) 666-4044.



Friends of the Fair Offers First Annual “Food, Family & Fair!” Partnership was last modified: February 19th, 2018 by Karen Elford