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A Floyd County Fairgrounds building destroyed by a tornado on Memorial Day. Photographed Wednesday, May 29, 2019, in Charles City, Iowa.

DES MOINES – The Floyd County Fair, which sustained heavy damage in a Memorial Day tornado that struck Charles City, won $10,000 Sunday in a random drawing at the Iowa State Fair, through the MidAmerican Energy CARES program.

The Floyd County Fair is one of 10 nonprofit organizations that won $1,000 during daily drawings at the state fair, based on entries submitted to MidAmerican Energy in person at the fair and online.

The daily winners were eligible for the $10,000 grand prize drawing.

“We’re excited to donate $11,000 to the Floyd County Fair through our MidAmerican Energy CARES program,” said Kathryn Kunert, MidAmerican Energy vice president of economic connections and integration. “We know the Floyd County Fair is still trying to recover from the tornado, which makes this gift even more special.”

On May 27, the EF-1 tornado with 100 mile-per-hour winds destroyed five buildings at the Floyd County Fairgrounds and damaged others. The county fair went on as scheduled in July without the buildings, and the fair board is working on long-term rebuilding plans.

Fair officials said they were thrilled to learn they were the recipient of the drawing.

“Having endured extensive damage to our fairgrounds as a result of the Memorial Day tornado, we are in the planning stages of how we will rebuild a number of buildings,” said Craig Anderson, Floyd County Fair Board treasurer. “This funding will go directly toward our deductible, as well as replacing building contents that were not covered by our insurance. This gift literally could not have come at a better time, and we are extremely grateful to MidAmerican Energy for their generosity.”

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