Board holds January meeting

The Hardin County Agricultural Society met Wednesday, January 6, 2021, for their January board meeting.  Seventeen directors and eleven guests were present.

Corey Ledley, Board President, called the meeting to order.

Paul Ralston, representing the Hardin Community Fair Foundation, stated they need another fair board director to represent the board.  They would also like the fair board to submit a request for a project to be done this year.  The interest from their balance is what money will be used for the project.

Brad Murphy discussed the new committee assignments.  A motion was made to add a refundable deposit of $20 for the Shelter House.  All other rental rates will remain the same for the year 2021.  There has been interest from a renter, only wanting to rent the gazebo for a wedding.  After discussion, a motion was made to charge Gazebo use only at $25, if the gazebo is used with another building rented with it, the gazebo use would be free.  Unused grant money was discussed and Craig Stump moved to cut a check back to the grantor.  That motion never received a second motion.  The Fair Board moved to table the topic for further discussion.  Brad Murphy will talk to the grantor.  Names on box seats were discussed.  A motion was made to have Judi Cronley contact box seat owners who have personal names on them and suggest they change them to a family name.  Discussion was held about having box seat renters, sign contracts.  A contract will be reviewed at the next board meeting for approval.  A motion was made to nominate Doug and Susan Frederick as the 2021 Hardin County Fair Honorees.  It was noted a strategic planning meeting will be held with the executive meeting first.

Pete Fout, Ground’s Supervisor, stated the touch free fixtures for the restrooms have been installed.  Ideas for Community Foundation Grants were discussed and the ground’s committee will look into the projects further.  A ground’s meeting will be scheduled soon to discuss this further. 

It was noted that the fair camping letters will be sent at the end of this week by email, with only a few mailed to those who don’t use email.  Campers should start looking in their emails for those letters and rent for the 2021 Hardin County Fair will be due by Friday, February 12th.

Steve Harpster gave a report on the flooring in the sheep barn.  The project is coming along well and donations for the project can be given.  It was noted there are still 3 livestock exhibitors who haven’t cased their sale checks.  They have until Jan. 13th, 2021 to cash those checks.  Jack McBride, Livestock Sale Committee chairman, gave a report on their meeting held in December.  The committee moved to have this year’s fair a partial/terminal show.  There were many questions brought up and Jack will research them further and get back with the board.  It was noted buyers need to know their options as well.  A motion was made that all light and heavy weight animals weighed on Monday before the fair, will go back home.  It was noted only grand and Reserve Champion animals will be present at the sale on sale day.  No other animals will go through the sale, just the exhibitor will go through the sale.  Dale Cockerell, Beef Chairman, stated there were 31 Dairy and Beef steers that were weight last Saturday.  Jack McBride discussed the virtual call held with the State Veterinarian earlier this week.  There are no new rules for the year 2021.  There is a couple more virtual calls scheduled this month from the state, one dealing with livestock sales and ODA annual health forms. 

Sherri Beale, Jr. Fair Board Advisor, stated they will be purchasing a child size picnic table with grant money.

Jake McFadden, Sponsorship Committee Chairman, stated they will be having a meeting Jan. 13th to discuss the sponsorship packet.

Kolt Buchenroth stated the 5 refurbished laptops were delivered and the Show Works program is being installed on them. 

Changes to sections of the fair book are due by Friday, Jan. 8th.  A motion was made to have the Annual Consignment Sale on Saturday, March 13th.  Discussion will be held with the health dept. on how the sale can be accomplished safely. 

Under old business:

Judi Cronley gave an update on the virtual district meeting held in December. 

Under new business: It was noted the OFMA Annual meeting is scheduled for this coming Saturday, with Jack McBride as our delegate on the call.  Roger Crowe, Hardin County Commissioner, stated he is on the fair committee for another year.  The next Fair Board meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, February 3rd at 7pm, with hopes of having the meeting in the Community Building.

December Meeting Slated

  1. Call to Order
  2. Guests (3-5 minute speaking time allotted)
  3. Correspondence
  4. Minutes of the last meeting
  5. Financial Reports
  6. Bills to Approve
  7. Committee Reports:
    1. Executive Committee
      • Meeting minutes from Dec. 14th
      • 2021 Committee assignments
      • Rental Rates (updates)
      • Need a cost of just using the gazebo for a wedding
      • Still need some directors and employees to sign the Code of Conduct for 2021
      • Nomination for 2021 Fair Honoree
      • Remaining grant funds
      • Box Seat Agreements
    2. Strategic Planning
    3. Grounds Committee
      1. Request for Community Foundation Grant
    4. Camping Committee
    5. Entertainment Committee
    6. Livestock Committees
      • Sale Committee Meeting minutes
    7. Rides and Concessions
    8. Junior Fair Board Report
    9. Advertising/Sponsorship Committee
    10. Tech. Committee
    11. Other Committees
  8. Old Business
  9. Update on the District Meeting
  10. New Business
    • Our next monthly Board Meeting is Wednesday, February 3rd at 7pm.

Board holds December meeting

The Hardin County Agricultural Society met Wednesday, December 2, 2020, for their December board meeting.  Sixteen directors were present (Justin Beale, Dale Cockerell, Craig Decker, Austin Eibling, Jason Fulton, Mark Garmon, Steve Harpster, Corey Ledley, Jack McBride, Charlie McCullough, Jake McFadden, Grant Mizek, Brad Murphy, Paul Ralston, Craig Stump and Rob Wilson).  Seven guests were present (Pete Fout, Kolt Buchenroth, Mark Light, Amanda Raines, Roger Crowe, Mark Badertscher, and Jami Dellifield).

Corey Ledley, Board President, called the meeting to order.

Roger Crowe, Hardin County Commissioner, stated they didn’t get as much money for the CARES Act this last time around, but are still dedicated to helping the fairgrounds out with their hands free restroom upgrades.

Amanda Raines, OSU extension, stated they have received an exemption to hold in person meetings, at a max of 30 people.  They hope to hold more Quality Assurance sessions, just a smaller amount of participants at each one.

Another thank you from two JR Fair exhibitors, for having a JR Fair this year, was read.

Jake McFadden and Mark Garmon moved to accept the minutes of the last meeting.  Motion passed unanimously.

Jack McBride and Craig Stump moved to accept the financial report.  Motion passed unanimously.

Mark Garmon and Dale Cockerell moved to pay the bills. Motion passed unanimously.   

Mark Garmon and Rob Wilson moved to approve the 2021 budget.  Motion passed unanimously.  The board then voted on a new member to the executive committee.  Jack McBride will be taking Dale Cockerell’s position, as he is cycling off of the committee.  Craig Stump and Jason Fulton moved to approve the Annual Financial Report of the Hardin County Ag. Society for the Ohio Dept. of Agriculture.  Motion passed unanimously.  This report will be available for review at www.hardincountyfair.org.  All board members and staff were reminded to sign their Code of Conduct for the New Year.  The executive committee will be meeting soon to discuss committees, contracts, bonuses and rental rates.  A meeting will be scheduled soon for the strategic committee.

It was noted winter storage is almost full, with 5 spots left for cars and 2 spots for boats available.  Camper storage is full.  Pete Fout, Ground’s Supervisor, stated the touch free items are starting to be installed in the restrooms and he has started to install 8 foot LEDS in buildings.

It was noted that the fair camping letters will be going out soon, with hopes that the 2021 fair will be back to normal. 

Rob Wilson stated the grandstand entertainment will be the same as what was scheduled for the 2020 Fair.  Brad Murphy stated he will be contacting the on ground’s free entertainment, to make sure they are still on board. 

Steve Harpster gave a report on the flooring in the sheep barn.  Groundhogs have destroyed the aisles and they need repaired.  He proposed a project to fix the problem will cost around $4,000.  Jason Fulton and Brad Murphy moved to go ahead with fixing the aisles.  Motion passed.  The Jr Fair Livestock Sale Committee will be meeting virtually on Wednesday, Dec. 9th at 6pm.  Livestock Committees will be meeting at different times, locations and some will be meeting virtually in December.  The beef and dairy steer weigh in is scheduled for Saturday, January 2nd from 9-11am at the fairgrounds. 

Brad Murphy, chairman of Rides/Concessions, stated contracts will be going out earlier this year.  He will also be calling businesses to make sure they are still in business.

Brad Murphy and Jack McBride moved to approve the advertising budget for 2021.  Motion passes unanimously.  Jake McFadden, chairman of the sponsorship/advertising committee stated the committee will be meeting soon to discuss the sponsorship packet for next year.

Kolt Buchenroth stated he found 5 refurbished laptops for the show works computers, at a price of $1,775.  Jason Fulton and Brad Murphy moved to purchase the computers.  Motion passed unanimously. 

Under old business:

It was noted the District Meeting scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 12th in Wapak, has been moved to a virtual meeting on Dec. 16th.  The District Queen’s Contest has now been rescheduled for a time in March.  The Annual Convention in January has been cancelled.  The Fair Board’s Annual Holiday Dinner, scheduled for this month, and has been cancelled as well.

Under new business: It was noted the Ag. Society’s Christmas cards will be mailed soon.  The next Fair Board meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, January 6th at 7 pm, with the location to be determined at a later date.  Mark Garmon moved to adjourn.  Seconded by Craig Stump. Motion passed.

December meeting slated

Agenda Topics

  1. Call to Order
  2. Guests (3-5 minute speaking time allotted)
    • This meeting is being held virtually due to COVID-19. To request the link and time to speak, please contact us.
  3. Correspondence
  4. Minutes of last meeting
  5. Financial Reports
  6. Bills to Approve
  7. Committee Reports:
    1. Executive Committee
      • Approve 2021 budget
      • Vote for Executive Committee member
      • Approve Annual Report
      • Meeting still needs scheduled to go over contracts, bonuses and rental rates
    2. Strategic Planning
      • Strategic Planning meeting needs scheduled for this month
    3. Grounds Committee
      • Winter storage for campers is full, a few small boats can still be taken and a few more vehicles
      • Any updates for the hands free restroom upgrades?
    4. Camping Committee
      • Camping letters for paying for the 2021 fair, will be going out at the beginning of January
    5. Entertainment Committee
    6. Livestock Committees
      • All livestock checks have been mailed
      • Sale Committee Meeting is Wednesday, Dec. 9th at 6pm  – being held virtually
      • Livestock Committee Meetings are scheduled for Wednesday, Dec. 9th at 7pm  – being held virtually
      • Beef and Dairy Steer weigh in is scheduled for Saturday, January 2nd from 9-11am at the fairgrounds
    7. Rides and Concessions
    8. Junior Fair Board Report
    9. Advertising/Sponsorship Committee
      • Advertising budget needs approved
      • Meeting needs scheduled to discuss the sponsorship packet, to go out beginning of February
    10. Tech. Committee
    11. Other Committees
  8. Old Business:
    • The District Meeting is scheduled for Saturday, December 12th at 6pm – at the Auglaize County Fairgrounds in Wapak.
  9. New Business:
    • Christmas Cards will be sent this week
    • Our Christmas Holiday Dinner at the Plaza, scheduled for this month has been cancelled.
    • Our next monthly Board Meeting is Wednesday, January 6th at 7pm.

Board holds November meeting

With 39 memberships paid for 2021 and 20 Hardin County Agricultural Society members present, the annual meeting was brought to order with President Corey Ledley presiding on Saturday, Nov. 7.

The minutes of last year’s annual meeting were read. Jake McFadden moved they be approved as read. Craig Stump seconded the motion. Motion carried. 

Rob Wilson moved to have membership tickets continue to be $2 with the purchase of a season ticket at $20. Steve Harpster seconded the motion. Motion carried. 

Craig Stump and Andrew Scharf moved to have the directors’ pay set at $1. Motion passed.

The annual conflict of interest document for 2020-2021 was given to every director to sign.

Secretary/Treasurer Judi Cronley also stated that petitions are already available in the secretary office for any director position up for re-election in the year 2021.

Next year’s annual meeting, with the annual election to be held on the same day from 3-7 p.m, will be on Saturday, Nov. 6, 2021 at 7:30 p.m. in the Arts and Crafts Building.

Craig Stump moved to adjourn and Andrew Scharf seconded the motion. motion carried.

At the Hardin County Agricultural Society reorganizational meeting that followed, acting president Corey Ledley brought to order on Saturday, Nov. 7, with 20 members present.

Brad Murphy, acting vice president, read the election results for directors. There were 36 members who cast votes for six positions. All positions were uncontested.

Charlie McCullough and Grant Mizek will hold Director at Large positions until 2023. Rob Wilson, Dan Beale, Jack McBride and Craig Decker will keep their Township Director positions until 2023. No one ran for director positions in either Goshen Township or Taylor Creek Township. Newly elected directors were then sworn into office by Judi Cronley, notarizer. 

Rob Wilson and Steve Harpster moved to keep Corey Ledley and Brad Murphy as president and vice president, respectively, for the next year. Motion passed.

Jake McFadden and Jack McBride moved to keep regular meeting dates to the first Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m. Motion passed.

Everyone was given a copy of next year’s meeting dates. 

Next year’s reorganizational meeting will follow the Agricultural Society’s Annual Meeting on Saturday, Nov. 6, 2021.

Jake McFadden moved to adjourn and Christa Rarey seconded the motion.  Motion carried.

Director Elections, Annual Meeting Slated

The Hardin County Agricultural Society will hold their annual election for Directors on Saturday, November 7, 2020 from 3:00 to 7:00pm in the Fair office at the Hardin County Fairgrounds.  Members of the Agricultural Society who reside in the townships open for election may vote on the director representing their township.  All other members may vote on two candidates for Director-at-Large.

Candidates who have turned in petitions are:

  • Blanchard Township – Rob Wilson
  • Director-at-Large for 3 year term
    • Charlie McCullough (Dudley Twp.)
    • Grant Mizek (Roundhead Twp.)
      • Top two chosen, but no more than a total of three directors out of the 21 directors, can be from the same township.
  • Cessna Township – Jack McBride
  • Marion Township – Craig Decker
  • McDonald Township – Dan Beale
  • Goshen Township for a 1 year term – vacant
  • Taylor Creek Township – vacant

The election will be followed at 7:30pm by an annual meeting and the re-organizational meeting in the Arts/Crafts Building.  All members are invited to attend the annual meeting.

Board schedules November Meeting

  • Call to Order
  • Guests (3-5 minute speaking time allotted)
  • Correspondence – Thank You’s from fair
    • Minutes of last meeting
  • Financial Reports
  • Bills to Approve
  • Committee Reports:
    • Executive Committee
      • 2021 budget meeting needs set for beginning of November.  Contracts, bonuses & rental rates need discussed, too.
        • New Executive Committee will be voted on at the December Board Meeting.
    • Strategic Planning
    • Grounds Committee
      • Winter storage began Oct. 1st at $25 a month for vehicles and $10 per linear foot for boats, trailers, campers, RV’s, etc.
      • Inventory needs turned in for beef barn, dairy barn, Goshen barn, hog barn, infield, milk house, sheep barn & speed office
    • Camping Committee
    • Entertainment Committee
    • Livestock Committees
      • Waiting on 6 buyers to pay their bills for 30 livestock exhibitor checks to be mailed.  That totals $3,000.
    • Rides and Concessions
    • Junior Fair Board Report
      • See reports attached
    • Advertising/Sponsorship Committee
    • Technology Committee
    • Other Committees
  • Old Business
    • Our Annual membership meeting and reorganizational meeting is scheduled for this Saturday, November 7th at 7:30pm in the Arts/Crafts Building.
    • Our Annual Fair Board Director Election is scheduled for this Saturday, November 7th from 3-7pm in the Fair Board Office.
  • New Business
    • The District Meeting is scheduled for Saturday, December 12th at 6pm – at the Auglaize County Fairgrounds in Wapak.
    • Fair Convention Delegate and Alternate and who will be attending the Convention for the Board this year.
    • The Junior Fair Affidavit for the Ohio Department of Agriculture needs approved and notarized.
    • The Junior Fair Report for the Ohio Department of Agriculture needs approved.
    • Our next monthly Board Meeting is Wednesday, December 2nd at 7pm.

Fair board holds October Meeting

The Hardin County Agricultural Society met Wednesday, October 7, 2020, for their October board meeting.  Sixteen directors and twelve guests were present.

Brad Murphy, Board Vice President, called the meeting to order.

Roger Crowe, Hardin County Commissioner, commended the Board on having a great JR Fair and noted there will be more CARES Act money available.  He encouraged the board to look for more projects to use some of the money.  The deadline for projects needs to be turned in by November 20th, with bills needing to be paid by December 30th, 2020.

Mark Badertscher, Ohio State Extension Agriculture and Natural Resources Educator talked about the virtual carcass show and how successful it was.  There have been over 2,000 views for the show which was held virtually.

Grant Mizek introduced himself and stated his reasons for wanting to be a fair director.  He will be running for an at large director position in November. 

Many thank yous were read from community people and Junior Fair exhibitors, for having a Junior Fair this year. A thank you was read from the United Way and upcoming fair district meetings were discussed.

Judi Cronley, Hardin County Agricultural Society Treasurer gave a report on how the JR Fair did financially.  The fair came out on top financially, with help from the County CARES Act and state money received for having a Junior Fair. 

The executive committee will be meeting soon to work on the budget for next year, contracts, bonuses, and rental rates.

Kelly Buchenroth, chairperson of the Building & Grounds Committee stated winter storage began Oct. 1st at $25 a month for vehicles and $10 per linear foot for boats, trailers, campers, RV’s, etc.  Inventory sheets were passed out to directors to update for insurance purposes. 

Jack McBride, the chairperson of the Junior Fair Livestock Committee, gave a report on the Livestock Sale.  There were 362 livestock exhibitors this year, with 320 exhibitors going through the sale.  Total gross sales were $350,059.61, total premium bids were $168,075.00, and total add on bids were $123,998.00.  There were 91 livestock exhibitors who donated a total of $3,690.00.  There are currently 35 buyers who still need to pay a little over $37,000.  Livestock checks will start to be printed next week and will be sent to those exhibitors whose buyers have all paid their check amounts.  Also noted by the swine committee chairperson, Charlie McCullough, is that all tests for the champion and reserve champion hogs came back clean for ractopamine. 

Sherri Beale, Junior Fair Board Advisor, stated there will be a restructuring done, on how the JR Fair Board is composed of kids, this year. Nancy Rickenbacher, who has been an advisor for 36 years, stated she will be retiring at the end of this year.  Nancy reminisced about her many years as an advisor.

Kolt Buchenroth gave an estimate from Pixelfire Design to have the Fair Web Site totally redone.  The directors moved to go ahead with the estimate of $1,805.

Under old business: Season/Membership ticket combos can still be purchased in the secretary’s office for $22 until Wednesday, Oct. 14th.  This ticket will allow someone to run for a director position and vote for directors at the annual election.  Most of the JR Fair premium money has been mailed, except for smaller checks and those will be sent with their Livestock Sale Premium Checks in the same envelope.  Petitions for the November Election for fair board directors are due by Friday, Oct. 30th at 4 pm.  Up for election this year are Goshen Twp. for a one year term, Blanchard, Cessna, Marion, McDonald, Taylor Creek, and 2 directors at large positions for 3-year terms.  Anyone wanting to run for one of those director positions needs to have a 2020 membership.

Under new business: It was noted committees needing a budget for next year, needs to meet this month, to present their requests for next year’s budget to the executive committee.  Directors moved to request the 2021 fair dates be Sept. 7th – 12th.  The Ohio Fairs Fund Money for 2021 will be requested.  The annual membership meeting and the reorganizational meeting is scheduled for Saturday, November 7th at 7:30 pm in the Arts/Crafts Building. The annual Fair Board Director Election is also scheduled for Saturday, November 7th from 3-7 pm in the Fair Board Office.  Brad Murphy, Craig Stump, Christa Rarey, Austin Eibling, and Jake McFadden accepted to be the clerks and judges for the Fair Board Election.  The next Fair Board meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, November 4th at 7 pm in the Arts/Crafts Building.

Guidance on exhibitors under quarantine

An emergency meeting of the Hardin County Agricultural Society was held on September 5, 2020.

Board President Corey Ledley called the meeting to order at 9:30 am.  The Board discussed the need to develop and refine rules regarding confirmed reports of any individuals, exhibitors or otherwise, who have been issued a quarantine order from the Kenton-Hardin Health Department (KHHD.)

The Board discussed possible options to consider when an exhibitor notifies the Fair Board of an exhibiting individual or their household who have been issued a quarantine order from the KHHD.  Based on numerous opinions and options, the Board determined the following requirements:

  • Any individual or household, whether exhibitor or otherwise, who have been issued a quarantine order related to a positive COVID-19 test, from KHHD or any other authorized health authority, are not permitted to attend the 2020 Hardin County Fair.  This includes any quarantine order issued as a direct result of a positive COVID-19 test to an individual, or any quarantine order issued as a result of contract tracing caused by a separate individual testing positive for COVID-19 (e.g. someone determined to be close proximity to an individual testing positive for COVID-19, but who neither themselves been tested nor have a confirmed test result for COVID-19).  
  • Any exhibitor who has been issued a quarantine order, as described in the bullet above, who has a livestock animal(s) registered for a livestock show may have their animal(s) shown by an individual who meets BOTH of the following criteria:
  • Is a sibling of the exhibitor, and
  • Is him/herself an exhibitor at the 2020 Hardin County Fair
  • Any exhibitor meeting the criteria above, who is showing another exhibitor’s animal(s) because of an issued quarantine order, may also participate in the livestock sale in their place.
  • Any exhibitor who does not meet the criteria above may not participate in the livestock show. Their animal will not be allowed on the grounds at any time. The exhibitor is responsible for the marketing of the animal. The exhibitor will be allowed to sell in the Premium Sale – without being present – so long as the exhibitor’s parent(s) or legal guardian authorizes the Hardin County Fair Board to announce, at the time of the Premium Sale, that the exhibitor was unable to participate in the applicable livestock show because of uncontrollable circumstances related to an order issued by KHHD. A form must be completed by the exhibitor’s parent(s) or legal guardian, and that form will be maintained at the Hardin County Fair office. Exhibitors and families can request this authorization form by emailing [email protected]

It was moved and seconded to approve the bulleted items above.  The motion was passed.

The Board reiterated that these changes are being made solely in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and all associated local and state-issued health orders.   

No new business was discussed and the meeting was adjourned.

Board holds September Meeting

The Hardin County Agricultural Society met Wednesday, September 2, 2020, for their September board meeting.  Twenty directors and sixteen guests were present.

Corey Ledley, Board President, called the meeting to order.

Roger Crowe, Hardin County Commissioner, stated the commissioners will be having their first Cares Act Meeting on Thursday, Sept. 10th.

Mark Light, 4-H OSU Extension Agent, talked about their new 4-H App that is up and running.

A thank you from Klover Kids Clover Bud 4-H club was read.  They thanked the board for all of their hard work to have a JR Fair this year.

A correspondence from Mark Badertscher was read.  He stated the Hardin County Fair Carcass Show will be on Friday, September 18th at Jenkin’s Meats and will be a virtual show only.  An OSU meat science judge will evaluate the carcasses.

Judi Cronley, Hardin County Ag. Society Treasurer gave a report on refunds, donations, money rolling over to next year’s fair, and COVID expenses.  Money refunded for just the fair this year is at $35,973, donations for the fair is at $14,449, money being rolled over to next year’s fair is at $32,544.33 and COVID expenses so far are at $13,024.73.  So this year’s fair is already at a loss of $4,068.33, even after the $50,000 from the state was given.  The board is hoping that they will receive some of the county’s Cares Act money, to help alleviate COVID expenses. 

Kelly Buchenroth, chairperson of the Building & Grounds Committee noted that the new railing for the Community Building has been installed.  Barns will be sprayed/disinfected either Thursday or Friday this week.  Thanks to the County Engineer’s office and the Hardin County Commissioners some of the fairground roads have been ground and repaved.  The new sound system has been installed.  Winter storage begins Oct. 1st at $25 a month for vehicles and $10 per linear foot for boats, trailers, campers, RV’s, etc.

Meetings were held this week for each Junior Fair livestock show and there has been great attendance at the meetings.  If someone couldn’t attend their meeting, they should stop by the Secretary’s office before Tuesday, Sept. 8th to get their wristbands and back tags. 

Nancy Rickenbacher, JR Fair Board Advisor, stated that the Hardin County Community Foundation has granted the JR Fair Board the ability to use their grant money on something else for the Fairgrounds, and they have decided to purchase another picnic table.

The board accepted the Emergency Management Meeting Minutes from August 19th.

Under old business:

Season/Membership ticket combos can still be purchased in the secretary’s office for $22 until Oct. 14th.  This ticket will allow someone to run for a director position and vote for directors at the annual election.  JR Fair premium money will be mailed shortly after the fair.

Under new business: Petitions for the November Election for fair board directors are due by Friday, Oct. 30th at 4 pm.  Up for election this year are Goshen Twp. for a one year term, Blanchard, Cessna, Marion, McDonald, Taylor Creek, and two directors at large positions for 3-year terms.  Anyone wanting to run for one of those director positions need to have a 2020 membership ticket and needs to come to the Oct. regular board meeting to state your intentions for running.  Anyone interested in a petition needs to come to the secretary’s office to pick up a petition by Wednesday, Oct. 14th at 4pm.  The board moved to purchase a steer for employees and the 4 hogs for whole hog sausage.  The sausage will be sold to directors and then donated to a local charity.  The board agreed to only have JR Fair Board kids pass out awards in the show rings this year.  The board agreed to have a food vendor event either one or more nights in the near future.  The next regular board meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 7th at 7pm.