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.

Board holds July meeting

The Hardin County Agricultural Society met Wednesday, July 1, 2020, for their July board meeting.  Sixteen directors were present (Andrew Scharf, Dan Beale, Justin Beale, Kelly Buchenroth, Craig Decker, Austin Eibling, Craig Stump, Steve Harpster, Corey Ledley, Jack McBride, Brad Murphy, Paul Ralston, Christa Rarey, Jason Fulton, and Rob Wilson.) Ten guests were present (Pete Fout, Mark Badertscher, Roger Crowe, Kolt Buchenroth, Tim Thomas, JR Woods, Denise Woods, Todd Bidlack, Aaron Thompson, Sherri Beale, Nancy Rickenbacher, Mark Light, Marissa Osborne, Catharine Osborne, Kenny Kearns, Preston Brien, Doris Ralston.)

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

Kenny Kearns asked if the board will allow a draft horse show.

Mark Light, Associate Professor, 4-H Youth Development – Ohio State Extension Hardin County told the board that Extension staff will be conducing non-livestock project judging which will save the board $600 in judges. The judging will be spread over six days. Light also shared that 4-H Clubs can meet in person now and requested that clubs be allowed to meet outdoors on the fairgrounds. It was noted that horse workouts could begin again while following 4-H’s guidelines.

Jami Dellifield, Family & Consumer Sciences Educator – Ohio State Extension Hardin County presented questions and options regarding dish days and other presentations during the fair. She presented ideas for how these events could be held with regards to coronavirus. More planning will be conducted regarding this topic.

Lori Wilson had questions about how the fair is operating this year. More planning will be conducted regarding this topic.

Paul Ralston moved to accept the minutes of the last meeting. Dan Beale seconded the motion. Motion Passed

In correspondence, a letter from Ohio Governor Mike DeWine and Director of Agriculture Dorothy Pelenda was shared.

Brad Murphy, Vice President and Chairperson of the Executive Committee, read the minutes from the meeting on June 17th. Craig Stump moved to accept the minutes; Steve Harpster seconded. Motion passed. Brad Murphy continued by presenting the minutes of the July 1st Meeting. Extensive discussion followed regarding the capacity in which to hold the 2020 fair. It was recommended by the Executive Committee to have a full fair. Kelly Buchenroth moved to accept the recommendation. Craig Stump seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

Paul Ralston moved to apply for the grant money from the State of Ohio in the amount of $50,000.

Brad Murphy gave the floor to JR Woods of Durant Amusements who explained why they will not be operating this year. Durant is offering to subcontract with Jessop Amusements. Charlie McCullough moved to allow Durant Amusements to subcontract with Jessop Amusements to provide rides for the 2020 fair. Craig Stump seconded the motion. Motion passed.

Kelly Buchenroth, chairperson of the Building & Grounds Committee noted that JB Tubular is working on the railing for the Community Building accessibility entrance. The last day to store vehicles in the Merchant’s building is July 31st. Hand Sanitizers and signage needs hung around the grounds.

It was noted at the meeting that Livestock judges are needed for Wednesday’s beef show, sheep, and dairy shows. Horse shot records must be turned into the secretary’s office by August 1st. Rabbit tattooing is scheduled for Saturday, August 8th from 9-11am.

Sherri Beale, Junior Fair Board Advisor, noted that the Junior Fair Board has been meeting virtually, and held their first in-person meeting on Monday, June 29th. They have elected officers and Preston Brien was introduced as the president. Brad Murphy made the request that all Junior Fair Board members be heavily encouraged to attend the work sessions.

It was noted that the fair book is ready and will be made available online soon. It was also noted that all fair communications need to be directed through Kolt Buchenroth, Marketing & Communication Director.

Kolt Buchenroth gave an update regarding upgrades in the fair technology system.

Paul Ralston, Chairperson of the gates committee noted that Wednesday is available for any non-profit group that would be interested in working the gates. This is a fundraiser for non-profit groups in the community.

Under old business:

It was noted that The ODA grant was awarded for $50,000 for capital improvement. The first request for this money was sent for $38,801.82 for new sound equipment. Other funds will be used for the digital sign. Dylan Shepherd has done his part of the landscaping at the Community Building. The Paycheck Protection Program was extended and the $13,000 was given to the society will all be used.

Under new business:

The board was reminded of the open class and junior fair entry dates. Junior Fair entries can be made until July 31st. Open Class entries can be made between August 1st and August 21st. The fair office will be opened on August 10th Monday through Friday from 9am – 5pm. Work sessions for fair directors and committee members will be held next week. The schedule was emailed to board members. All members are expected to attend. The next special board meeting is Wednesday, July 15th at 7pm.

State Representative Jon Cross voiced his support of the board for deciding to have a full fair. He reminded the board about the $50,000 coming from the legislature and clarified that there are no stipulations on how that money will be spent.

County Commissioner Roger Crowe noted that the commissioners are supportive and thankful that the board is moving forward with a full fair.

Charlie McCullough moved to adjourn.  Seconded by Justin Beale. Motion passed.

March Meeting Held

The Hardin County Agricultural Society met Wednesday, March 4, 2020, for their March board meeting.  Twenty directors were present and fifteen guests were present.

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

Doug and Kileen Payne’s family were present at the meeting to donate a wheelbarrow and 4 shop brooms to the swine barn.  Fred Rush, Candidate running for Hardin County Commissioner, was present.  Mark Badertscher, OSU Extension Educator for Agriculture and Natural Resources, encouraged everyone to attend the many livestock banquets that are being held this month.  Roger Crowe, Hardin County Commissioner, expressed his thanks to the fair board and stated the commissioners are available for the board.

Under correspondence a thank you from Pastor Anita Van Buskirk, from the Bread of Life Food Pantry, was read – thanking the board for their donation of whole hog pork and sausage.

Brad Murphy, Vice President and Chairperson of the Executive Committee, stated the Executive Committee will meet this month to go over the strategic plan and then bring recommendations back to the board next month.  Brad requested the strategic plan be emailed to all directors for them to review before the executive committee meets.

Craig Stump, chairman of the camping committee, stated there are 14 fair camping sites that will be available for this year’s fair.  No money was received by 4 of those campers, so their campsites were given to one of the 50 on the waiting list.  Waiting list campers will be called soon to fill those spots.

Rob Wilson, chairperson of the entertainment committee, stated he is currently working on getting a speaker and the music lined up for the Hour of Inspiration.  Contracts were received today for the Hardin County Tractor Pull and Central Ohio Tractor Pull for Friday night of the fair. 

The board moved to accept the swine committee’s recommendation for the 2020 Hardin County Fair Swine Show to be ractopamine-free.  An affidavit will be required from the breeder and a second affidavit will be required from the exhibitor upon weigh in on Monday, Sept. 7th.  More information regarding this can be found on the fair’s website at hardincountyfair.org/ractopamine.  The board also agreed to ban the use of ractopamine on the entire grounds during the week of the fair.

Brad Murphy, chairperson of the concession dept., stated concession and vendor contracts will be mailed on March 20th.

Amanda Murphy, Jr. Fair Board Advisor, stated they will be having a speaker at their next meeting on Monday, March 23rd at 8pm.  The speaker will be the 2017 NY FFA President.  She also stated the members are currently signing up for committees. 

Brad Murphy discussed with the board the meeting held with the Kenton Times about the Fair Book.  Jake McFadden, advertising/Sponsorship Committee Chairperson, stated follow up calls were made to some sponsors who hadn’t responded by the March 1st deadline.

Jake McFadden, also discussed the upgrades needed for the fair’s laptops.  He also stated he’s working on getting a radio rental contract for the 2020 fair.

It was noted the fair book is going through an edit right now and will be sent back to chair people for final revisions soon.  Paul Ralston gave the 2019 Fair Foundation Report.  As of 12/31/2019, there is a balance of $114,779.85 with interest (18.68%) earned in 2019 being $17,585.92.  Total deposits for 2019 was $9,755.

Under old business:

The Fairground Annual Consignment Sale is scheduled for Saturday, March 14th, starting at 9am.  Items to be consigned need to be dropped off on either Wednesday, March 11th, Thursday, March 12th or Friday, March 13th from 9am-5pm.  Final request for anyone interested in attending the District 1 & 2 Spring Meeting was received.

Under new business: Judges for the Fair – in all areas – need to be submitted by the next board meeting – April 1st.  Boats, trailers, and campers that are currently being stored for the winter, will be ready for pickup Saturday, April 11th.  Reminder letters will be sent this month.  The board agreed to pay the deposit to Classic Trophy and Engraving.  The board moved to also have 2 display cases built.  The next board meeting will be Wednesday, April 1st at 7:00pm in the Fair Office.

Board holds February meeting

The Hardin County Agricultural Society met Wednesday, February 5, 2020, for their February board meeting.  Eighteen directors were present and fifteen guests were.

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

Candidates running for two of the County Commissioner seats were present to speak to the board.  Those candidates were Bob Carder, Fred Rush, Russ Blue and Alan Long.

Mark Light, Hardin County OSU Extension Agent, talked about a new Hardin County 4-H app they are designing. 

Mark Badertscher, Hardin County OSU Extension Agent, spoke about having Ractopamine-Free Swine Projects.

Amanda Murphy, Jr. Fair board Advisor, requested the King & Queen Contest be changed from 7pm to 6:30pm.  The board agreed to accept this change.

Nancy Rickenbacher, Jr. Fair board Advisor, stated there are still opportunities for people to be a sponsor for trophy’s, stall signs, ribbons, etc.  If anyone is interested in being a sponsor they should call the OSU/Hardin County Extension Office at 419-674-2297 and ask for Carol Wagner.

Kenny Kearns asked the board if they were still interested in having a draft horse show during the fair.  The board said yes.

Under correspondence an anonymous letter was received and read by Corey Ledley.  The board agreed that the question being raised, is being handled correctly with the fair board. 

Brad Murphy stated there are still 5 directors that needed to sign their conflict of interest statements.  Those were then all received.  The Fair Board agreed to keep box seat prices at $500 and the daily gate admission price to $8.00.  The board moved to change the open class entry price to $1.00 from $.50.  The board voted on a list of nominees for the 2020 fair honoree.  Janie and Dick Seiler were then nominated by the board for this honor. 

Brad stated that the strategic plan will be reviewed at the next board meeting.

Kelly Buchenroth discussed the Ground’s meeting minutes from January 22nd.  The furnace in the shop and beef restroom had to be replaced this past month.  The Fair Board Lawn mower will be traded in for a mower from Ritchey Auto Sales.  New tables need to be purchased for the Community Building and items from the fairgrounds to be sold at the consignment sale were discussed. The Ground’s Committee Minutes were accepted.  The board moved to apply for a Hardin County Community Foundation Grant for beautification to the Community Building.    

Craig Stump, chairman of the camping committee, stated camping rent has been coming in with around 90 fair campers still needing to pay.  The deadline to pay for your fair camping spot is Friday, Feb. 14th.  Emails were sent on January 8th about the camping rents being due on Feb. 14th.  One follow-up call will be given to those not paid by Feb. 14th.

The list of grandstand prices for the week of the fair were discussed with a rodeo on Saturday having 7 events, beginning at 6pm with prices at $5.00 for general admission and $10.00 for pit passes.  The board accepted all of the rates for the grandstand events.  Other free entertainment during the week of the fair was noted as COSI on Saturday, Columbus Zoo on Tuesday and Wednesday, the Bear Hollow Wood Carver on Thursday – Saturday, and a petting zoo all week with pig races.  A magician is also being discussed that would roam the fairgrounds throughout the week. 

Jack McBride discussed a new ODA rule for sheep and goats this year.  That rule states that sheep and goats moving in slaughter channels must have an owner/shipper statement with a group/lot identification.  The trucker will need to have this statement.  There will be no Pullorum testing for poultry this year and the swine committee is working on what to do about having a Paylean-Free Swine exhibit.  There will be more information in the near future on the Paylean subject for the 2020 Hardin County Fair.  Dale Cockerell stated there were 37 beef steers and 27 dairy steers tagged on December 28th.

Brad Murphy stated ride prices will remain the same as last year with the Fair using Durant Amusements as their ride company.

A list of Jr. Fair Board kids was distributed, with their first meeting being Monday, February 24th.

Kolt Buchenroth went over the new Sponsorship packet that was sent to the public this past week.  Minutes from the Advertising/Sponsorship Committee was discussed.  A meeting is scheduled with the Kenton Times for Monday, Feb. 10th

Kolt also discussed the minutes from the tech. committee.  It was noted a recording box will be on hand for meetings that it may necessary to use.  MARCS radios will not be used for this year’s fair and other radio rentals will be researched. 

Under old business:

The Fairground Annual Consignment Sale is scheduled for Saturday, March 14th, starting at 9am.  The consignment sale committee is having a conference call with a new program that will be used for the sale.  There will be 3 rings used for the sale this year. 

Under new business:

The District 1 & 2 Spring Meeting is scheduled for Saturday, March 28th at the Wood County Fair Grounds in Bowling Green – starting at 10am.  It was noted the 4th of July account has been closed and is now in the hands of the Kenton Little League.  Fair whole hog sausage/pork was donated to the organization Bread of Life, ran by the Kenton Full Gospel Church.  The next board meeting will be Wednesday, March 4th at 7:00pm in the Fair Office.

Holiday Dinner, January Meeting Held

The Hardin County Agricultural Society met Tuesday, December 17, 2019, for their January board meeting and Holiday Dinner at the Plaza Inn Restaurant.  Eighteen directors and twenty five guests were present.

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

Brad Murphy and Corey Ledley, on behalf of the Directors, honored Don Spar for his 30 years of service, Janie Seiler for her 33 years of service and Nancy Rickenbacher, for her 1 year of service to the Hardin County Agricultural Society Board.

Brad Murphy stated there are still several directors who haven’t turned in their signed Conflict of Interest documents.  Committee assignments for 2020 were distributed.  The board approved the 2019 Annual Financial Report.  Jack McBride was chosen as the Hardin County Agriculture Society delegate for the OFMA Convention next month.  Directors were given their annual salary of $1.00.

Brad stated there are several financial line items that will be tracked more closely in 2020, part of the strategic plan suggestions.

Craig Stump, chairman of the camping committee, stated camping rates for 2020 will stay the same and there was one fair camper who pulled out of their spot early last year and will not be invited back to camp for the 2020 fair.

There are currently eight Jr Fair Livestock Exhibitors (7 families), who haven’t cashed their livestock checks from the fair and they are encouraged to cash them by January 9th, 2020, when the 90 days to cash their check is due.

The board approved the Jr. Fair Livestock Sale Committee Minutes with an amendment to state the shows during the fair are terminal, not partial/terminal.  What started this discussion is that this year – all underweight livestock animals will go home after being weighed and will not go through the sale on Saturday of the fair.  Another major point of the meeting was from the poultry committee. They are adding a pen of 2 market ducks this year, with no reserve or champion given until there has been 10 pens of ducks for several years in a row.  And their specie champions and reserve champions will now be all sold together at the beginning of the poultry section on sale day. The rest of the poultry will be sold together, not specific to chickens, turkeys, etc. Dale Cockerell, chairman of the beef committee, stated steer weigh in is Saturday, December 28th from 9-11am at the fairgrounds. The lamb & goat weigh in is scheduled for Saturday, June 13th and Dairy Beef Feeders will be weighed on Saturday, May 30th.

It was noted a meeting needs scheduled soon to discuss the sponsorship packet for 2020 and go over the advertising budget for 2020.

Under old business:

All fair book sections need returned by January 13th to start the process of updating the fair book in a timely manner.  Judi stated Christmas cards have been sent.

Under new business:

The Consignment Sale is scheduled for Saturday, March 14th – starting at 9am. Judi stated the 4th quarter newsletter will be sent at the end of this month. Fair camping letters will be sent in January. Roger Crowe, Hardin County Commissioner, expressed his gratitude to the fair board and also to their spouses, etc. for all of their help.  Kolt Buchenroth stated the security cameras have arrived, compliments of the PEP grant. He also explained a new opportunity to use MARCS radios during the week of the fair.  The board agreed to go forward with the MARCS radios.  The next board meeting will be Wednesday, February 5th at 7:00pm in the Fair Office.

Board holds December Meeting

The Hardin County Agricultural Society met Wednesday, December 4, 2019, for their December board meeting.  Eighteen directors and six guests were present.

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

Mike Comstock, representing the 4th of July Committee, gave a history of the 4th of July Fireworks and then had Matt Jennings, from the Home Run Ball Park Field, talk about his request for the day of the 4th of July.  Their committee would like to have the ball park field as the site for the 4th of July festivities.  The fairgrounds infield would still be the site of letting off the fireworks, but that’s all that would be held at the fairgrounds.  Matt also said his committee is willing to take on the financial responsibilities of the 4th of July.  The board gave them full approval of this request. 

A Christmas card from Liberty Bank was read.

Paul Ralston, Executive Committee member, reviewed the executive committee minutes from their meeting held on November 18th.  The board moved to agree to the bonuses, hourly rates, employee contracts and salary adjustments for employees.  Kelly Buchenroth abstained from the vote.  The board then voted on a new executive committee member, with Paul Ralston’s time expiring on the committee.  Charlie McCullough was voted as the next executive committee member.  The board approved the 2020 budget.  The Conflict of Interest document was approved.  The Code of Conduct document for 2020 was then signed by all board members and employees. 

Kelly Buchenroth, Ground’s Chairman, stated he met with Scott Sprang, from the engineer’s office about repaving the roads on the fairgrounds. 

Craig Stump, chairman of the camping committee, stated there will be a camping committee meeting on Monday, Dec. 9th

There are currently 25 Jr Fair Livestock Exhibitors (20 families), who haven’t cashed their livestock checks from the fair and they are encouraged to cash them by January 9th, 2020, when the 90 days to cash their check is due. 

The Jr Fair Sale Committee meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, December 11th at 6:30pm followed by the livestock committee meetings at 7:30pm that night.  Information for the fair books will be started at that time.  Changes for the fair book need to be resubmitted by Friday, January 10th

Sherri Beale, Jr. Fair board Advisor, stated letters have been distributed for 1st year members to join the Jr. Fair board.  She is also working on a list that will attending the OFMA Convention in January. 

Jack McBride, representing the marketing, communications and technology committee, read Kolt Buchenroth’s report.  He stated he’s working on a plan to record board meetings.  The fair premium book deadlines were discussed with the first deadline being Friday, January 10th.  He stated there will be two opportunities to review and make further edits if the first deadline is met.  A rate for using secured internet use in the buildings was discussed with no action taken. 

Under old business:

It was noted no one submitted a letter of interest for the Goshen Twp. Director position.  This position will stay vacant at this time.  Directors were asked who would be attending the OFMA convention in January.  Dan Beale stated the digital sign will be raised with a sign stating “Hardin County Fairgrounds” put on top after the first of the year.  This will all be done together, at one time. 

Under new business:

Non Livestock committees were given their sections of the fair book and requested their edits be turned in by Friday, January 10th.  Judi Cronley will sending the Hardin County Agricultural Society Christmas cards this week.  Jack McBride stated new software needs to be purchased, to run the Consignment Sale, so he just wanted to make sure there was going to be another Consignment Sale.  He was given the go ahead to purchase the software.  The next board meeting will be Tuesday, December 17th at 6:00pm at the Plaza Inn Restaurant, reservations need to be submitted to Judi Cronley by Friday, December 13th.  Don Spar and Janie Seiler will be honored at this dinner meeting for their long time service to the board.

Fair board holds November meeting

The Hardin County Agricultural Society met Saturday, November 2, 2019, for their November board meeting.  Nineteen directors were present and fifteen guests were present.

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

Roger Crowe, County Commissioner, stated the appraisal of the fairgrounds has been completed.  The livestock barns are now one livestock complex, valued at $859,000. 

Kolt Buchenroth, Communications Director, stated he’s been in contact with the County Communications office and gave 2 options for the 2020 Fair Premium Book.  The board decided on the full page option.   

Mark Light, 4-H Hardin County Extension Agent, stated the Youth Horse Council has started.

Mark Badertscher, Hardin County Extension Educator for Agriculture and Natural Resources, said there will be a Farm Bill Training December 5yh at 6:30pm at Mid-Ohio Co Op.

Brad Murphy, Executive Committee Chairperson, reviewed the executive committee minutes from the 2 meetings held in October.  The board moved to accept the contract recommendations for the Cushman Club wanting to meet May 13-16, 2020.  It was noted a new Executive Committee will be voted on at the December Board Meeting. 

Brad Murphy also gave an update on happenings with the Strategic Plan.  A grant for security cameras has been submitted and a new selection process for Jr. Fair board will be started.

Kelly Buchenroth, Ground’s Chairman, stated winter storage is coming to a close.  There is now only room for vehicles and small boats.  Inventory is also due today. 

Rob Wilson, entertainment chairperson, received verification that harness horse racing will be on Thursday of the 2020 fair. 

There are currently 2 buyers who still need to pay their Jr. Fair Livestock bills, which is holding up the Jr. Fair Livestock Exhibitor checks for 2 kids. 

The Special Board Meeting minutes from a meeting held in October was approved.

Under old business:

The Horseman Grant for $10,000, for the year 2019, was turned in for money to help pay for the painting of the grandstand.  Another Horseman Grant will be submitted for the year 2020 this month. 

Under new business:

There was discussion that the digital sign needs raised and Dan Beale will work this.  The board also requested that “Hardin County Fairground’s” be displayed above the sign.  Judi Cronley will work on getting one designed with the help of Kolt Buchenroth.  The board moved to request next year’s fair be September 8th-13th that request will be submitted to the Ohio Dept. of Agriculture.  The Jr. Fair Affidavit was approved by the board and that report will also be submitted to the Ohio Dept. of Ag.  Judi Cronley asked the board review the Jr. Fair Report that needs submitted to the Ohio Dept. of Ag.  No corrections were made and it will be submitted.  The next board meeting will be Wednesday, December 4th at 7:00pm in the Fair Office. 

Hardin County Ag Society holds reorganizational meeting, election results announced

The Hardin County Agricultural Society met on Saturday, November 2nd with Corey Ledley, Acting President, presiding. 

Brad Murphy, acting vice president, reported the election results: 

  • Buck Township:  Jason Fulton
  • Hale Township:  Corey Ledley
  • Jackson Township:  Mark Garmon
  • Pleasant Township:  Christa Rarey
  • Liberty Township:  Austin Eibling
  • Top 2 At-Large Director winners:  Dale Cockerell & Jacob McFadden

It was noted since no one ran for Goshen Twp. Director, any interested agricultural society member will need to submit a letter of interest to the Hardin County Agricultural Society by Friday, November 22nd at 4pm.  Interested members will also need to attend the next regular board meeting on Wednesday, Dec. 4th at 7pm to express their intentions for the position.  The board will then appoint a member of the society for one year.

All directors present were sworn into office by Judi Cronley, notarizer.

With 43 members paid for 2020, the election of officers was held.  Kelly Buchenroth and Craig Stump moved to keep Corey Ledley has President and Brad Murphy as Vice President of the society for the next year.  Motion passed. 

Dan Beale and Paul Ralston moved to keep the regular board meeting date and time the first Wednesday night of each month at 7pm.  Motion passed. 

Charlie McCullough moved to adjourn the meeting and Andrew Scharf seconded the motion.  Motion carried.

Hardin County Agricultural Society annual meeting held

The Hardin County Agricultural society met with President, Corey Ledley presiding.  19 directors along with 15 Hardin County Agricultural Society members present. 

The minutes of last year’s annual meeting were read.  Charlie McCullough moved they be approved as read.  Mark Garmon seconded the motion.  Motion carried. 

Paul Ralston moved to have membership tickets priced at $2.00 each, but a season ticket at $20, also needs to be purchased to purchase a membership ticket.  Don Spar seconded the motion.  Motion carried.  Membership tickets will no longer be a form of gate admission.    

Charlie McCullough and Dan Beale moved to have the Director’s pay set at $1.  Motion passed.

The annual conflict of interest document for 2019/20 was given to every director and employee to sign.

Brad Murphy, representing the executive committee, proposed a constitution change for those interested in running for a director.  The new wording being added to the election section states “Candidates shall attend at least one (1) Board of Director meeting prior to the annual election of directors, and in the same calendar year as their candidacy, to formally declare and describe their interest(s) in seeking a director position.  Candidates shall be in good standing with the Society as having complied with all their explicit obligations, while not being subject to any form of sanction, suspension or disciplinary censure; the determination of which shall be made at the discretion of the Board of Directors prior to the annual election.  The official ballot shall contain only the names of those candidates who have fulfilled all of the above requirements.  Any candidate deemed ineligible for inclusion on the official ballot will be informed of their ineligibility no later than 24 hours before the annual election.”  Mark Garmon and Jason Fulton moved to accept the change to the constitution.  Motion passed. 

Judi Cronley will file an updated copy of the constitution with the Ohio Department of Agriculture. 

Judi also stated that petitions are already available in the secretary office, for any director position up for re-election in the year 2020. 

Next year’s annual meeting, with the annual election to be held on the same day from 3-7pm, will be on Nov. 7th, 2020. 

Charlie McCullough moved to adjourn and Justin Beale seconded the motion.  Motion carried.