The Mercer County Fairgrounds along with prominent business leaders from across the region have come together to create the Grand Event Center + Market Hall. Our mission is to provide a vibrant, versatile indoor event center and arena within the Mercer County Fairgrounds to drive economic growth and support community enrichment for the greater Grand Lake Region and surrounding areas.

The Grand Event Center provides a customizable space of more than 100,00 square feet to host a wide range of events, from livestock shows and concerts to tractor pulls, tradeshows, and more. Market Hall which was previously the “Buckeye Building” will be transformed to host conferences, weddings, banquets, and other gatherings. Its convenient location next to the Grand Event Center will also allow it to be a supporting facility during large-scale events. Combined, the two facilities will offer a space to host nearly 6,000 guests to accommodate a wide range of events.

The development of the Grant Event Center + Market Hall will be valuable additions and bring even more events and activities to this area, complementing overall community development initiatives and goals. By hosting events locally, we can be our own catalyst for continued economic progress by keeping our spending local while attracting new customers for area businesses.

The new facilities will also add enrichment to the area and help attract new and maintain current residents to help fill the many employment opportunities that Mercer County has to offer. More community enrichment means more passion and perspective to cultivate community cohesion and resilience while increasing meaningful connections through social functions and activities.

As building plans come to completion we are looking for sponsorship funding to bring this vision to life. We are asking for your support to help us put our best food forward for Mercer County and leave a lasting impression within or community and beyond.

With your investment in the well-being of our region and its future, the Grand Event Center and Market Hall will provide our citizens with yet another reason to be proud of the communities in which we live and work.

Committee Members

Kyle VanTilburg

VTF Excavation

Scott Tobin

SM Tobin Trucking

Jared Ebbing

Mercer County Community Development

Amy Hayes

Mercer County Fair Board Treasurer

Courtney Dicke

Office Assistant

Baily VanTilburg

VTF Excavation

Dave Buschur

Buschur Custom Farm Services

Cole Cooper

Cooper Farms

Ryan Fennig

Mercer County Fair Board President

Cara Muhlenkamp

Mercer County Fair Manager

Rachel Reichert

Graphic Designer

Eric Schmiesing

Garmann Miller

Andy Stachler

Stachler Concrete

Bruce Swonger


Bart Leininger

Mercer County Fair Board Vice-President

Tessie Collins

Mercer County Fair Secretary

Allison Ryan

MVP Dairy

Location of the GRAND Event Center + Market Hall