Kowall presents certificates to State Fair scholarship winners

LANSING, Mich. — Senate Majority Floor Leader Mike Kowall, R-White Lake, (center, second row from the back) on Thursday presented certificates of appreciation and gave a tour of the Senate floor to Michigan State Fair Gold Ribbon Urban and Rural Youth Scholarship winners.

Judging for the scholarships ran during the Michigan State Fair throughout Labor Day week. The certificates of appreciation were signed by Kowall, state Rep. Kathy Crawford, Gov. Rick Snyder and Lt. Gov. Brian Calley.

The Michigan State Fair Urban and Rural Scholarship recognizes young people who are making a difference in cities, towns and villages by clearing, planting and harvesting garden space for their families and neighborhoods. More than 60 participants received scholarships this year.

The original Michigan State Fair debuted in Detroit in 1849 and was one of the first statewide fair events to take place in the country. It moved to its permanent home at the fairgrounds on Woodward Avenue in 1905 and was staged there until 2009, when it was discontinued due to ongoing budget issues.

In 2012, Blair Bowman brought back the Michigan State Fair, this time to Novi. Ram Truck is the major sponsor.

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