The Kewaunee County Board this week heard more details of a proposal forwarded by the Farm Technology Days for a “Legacy Community Project” that would be funded by part of the proceeds from the 2017 agricultural expo in Kewaunee County.
Aerica Bjurstrom, agricultural agent with the University of Wisconsin-Extension Kewaunee County, said Farm Technology Days committee members
Kewaunee County gave $28,000 for an exhibit coordinator position – the funds are refundable.
“We have the funds to repay the county, and we’re prepared to do that,” Bjurstrom said. “We are, however, challenging the county to a matching fund opportunity.”
Working with the Promotion and Recreation Department, the committee suggested that the dollars be invested in improvements to the Ransom Moore Cabin on the Dana Farm at Winter Park, with the county adding a matching investment.
Born in Footbridge in 1861, Ransom Asa Moore is considered the father of Wisconsin 4-H and and founder of the University of Wisconsin Agriculture Department. His childhood home was preserved for history by moving it to Winter Park. Bjurstrom said the proposed improvements would make the home more of a meeting space year-round, especially during the winter season when the park’s popular tubing hill is operating.
The Farm Technology Committee suggests three options, she said: Match the $28,000 and apply the funds toward the Ransom Moore home legacy project, which would also include new restrooms and creation of a skating pond; simply take the money back; or partner with a different project yet to be determined.
The committee will develop the idea further and present it to the county Finance Committee in the next month or two.