Junior Fair Entries Open

The Hardin County Fair is now accepting junior fair entries for the 2019 Hardin County Fair. Members of Hardin County 4-H clubs, FFA chapters, family & consumer sciences courses, high school art courses, Boy Scouts, or Girl Scouts, Farm Bureau Youth, or Grange Youth may enter projects into the 2019 Hardin County Fair. 

Entries must be completed online at hardin.fairwire.com by July 31st at 11:59 pm. Exhibitors with questions can contact their advisors or the Hardin County Fair by calling (419) 675-2396.

Knit Winter Accessories, Support Safe Haven

In a new outreach program offered by the Hardin County Fair’s Arts & Crafts Department, exhibitors will be able to knit or crochet a hat, scarf, or pair of gloves to be donated to Safe Haven of Hardin County. Cultural & Culinary Arts Committee co-chairwomen Lori Wilson and Wendy Thompson are encouraging exhibitors to enter knitted winter accessories, as well as to craft extras to be donated to the nonprofit.

I was approached by an exhibitor who had mentioned several crafters had extra yarn after they finish their projects for that year’s fair. They wanted to use their extra materials for a community service project, and Safe Haven was a natural fit.

Lori Wilson, Co-Chair, Cultural & Culinary Arts Committee

Deb Oestreich, Program Director of Safe Haven of Hardin County, said the organization appreciates the support from the community

We are so appreciative of the support we have received from Hardin  
County and this is just another example of how we take care of our own. We feel very blessed and thankful that the ladies thought of Safe Haven to be the benefactor of this wonderful outreach project. We want to thank everyone in advance for the time & supplies dedicated to making the items for our clients.

– Deb Oestreich, Program Director, Safe Haven of Hardin County

Safe Haven’s mission is to provide relief for the underprivileged and distressed survivors, including children, of domestic violence by educating, advocating for, and empowering individuals. The organization promotes safety, well-being and justice while respecting the adult survivors’ right to self-direction and control over their own lives. Safe Haven is committed to fostering changes necessary to eliminate personal, institutional and cultural oppression. They believe that ending domestic violence requires connection and collaboration to create a clear vision and a collective voice for social and systemic change.

OhioHealth Hardin Memorial Hospital Donates AED

Standing by the AED recently donated by OhioHealth Hardin Memorial Hospital is Corey Ledley, President of the Hardin County Fair Board and nursing leaders from OhioHealth Hardin Memorial Hospital (from left) Joy Bischoff, Chief Nursing Officer and Crystal Scott, Director of Nursing.

OhioHealth Hardin Memorial Hospital is proud to announce, they recently donated an automated external defibrillator (AED) to the Hardin County Agricultural Society.  The AED will be housed in the community building and will be available to be used throughout the fairgrounds.

The donation was made possible through the Hardin Greatest Need Fund which is funded during the annual OhioHealth Giving Campaign in October.  OhioHealth Hardin Memorial Hospital associates can opt into donating to this fund which is used for the community or their associates during a time of crisis.  “The staff of Hardin Memorial Hospital is extremely generous and is always looking for ways to help the community.  The AED donation is just one more way of showing how much we care about our community,” stated Joy Bischoff, Chief Nursing Officer of Hardin Memorial Hospital.

Corey Ledley, Hardin County Fair Board President said, “the boardwould like to thank OhioHealth and Hardin Memorial Hospital for providing guidance and funding for this project. In addition to the fair and various building rentals throughout the year, our community building serves as an emergency shelter when a crisis impacts Hardin County. Implementing this life-saving technology is a great benefit for both our fairgrounds and our community.”

January Meeting Held, Directors Honored

The Hardin County Agricultural Society met Wednesday, December 26, 2018, for their January board meeting and Holiday Dinner at the Plaza Inn Restaurant in Mt. Victory, Ohio.  Eighteen directors were present and twenty five guests were present.

Corey Ledley, President, called the meeting to order.

Howard Lyle stands with President Corey Ledley after being recognized for 16 years of service to the Hardin County Fair.

President Corey Ledley gives Paul Rickenbacher an award for his 38 years of service to the Hardin County Fair.

Corey Ledley, President and Brad Murphy, Vice President honored Howard Lyle for his 16 years and Paul Rickenbacher for his 38 years of service to the Hardin County Agricultural Society.

Two thank you’s were read under correspondence.

Brad Murphy, Chairman of the Executive Committee, reviewed the minutes from the Executive Committee’s Dec. 19th meeting.  Revised contracts for Judi Cronley and Pete Fout were approved.  The rest of the executive committee minutes were also approved. 2019 committee assignments were given to all members.  Judi Cronley reviewed the 2018 Annual Financial Report with the board. The board moved to accept the report. Directors were all paid their annual salary of $1.00.

Pete Fout, the caretaker for the grounds, stated blinds have been changed in the community building.

Everyone was reminded the Jr Fair Livestock Sale Committee and Livestock Committee Meetings will be Wednesday, January 16th – starting at 6:30 pm.  The steer weight in is Saturday, Dec. 29th from 8 am – 10 am at the fairgrounds.

It was noted an advertising/sponsorship committee meeting needs to be scheduled to discuss the sponsorship packet and get it distributed.

Nancy Rickenbacher, Jr. Fair Board Director, stated they are trying to get a group together to attend the OFMA conference in Columbus.

Under old business:

Directors staying overnight at the convention were reminded to turn in their tax-exempt papers.

Under new business:

Judi Cronley stated she mailed 80 Christmas cards and that the 4th quarter newsletter has been sent.  The board moved to keep the Consignment Sale rates the same as last year.  The Annual Consignment Sale is set for Saturday, March 9th at 9 am, with items being accepted on Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday before the sale from 9am-5pm.  The next board meeting will be Wednesday, February 6th at 7:00 pm in the Fair Office.

Hardin County Agricultural Society Board of Director Candidate Information

Petitions for Director of Hardin County Agricultural Society are available in the Secretary’s Office on Wednesdays and Fridays from 9:00am to 4:00pm. They are due October 26th at 4:00pm in the Secretary’s Office. Persons pulling petitions must be registered members of the society by October 15th.

Excerpt from the Constitution of the Hardin County Agricultural Society, section pertaining to elections:


Section 1. The annual election for directors shall be by ballot at the time and place determined by the Board of Directors and announced three weeks prior to the holding thereof, in at least two newspapers of general circulation in the county, or by letter mailed to each member.

Section 2. Members of the Society shall
be permitted to vote for only those candidates who are residents of the same township as the member of the society voting, except that all members of the Society shall have the right to vote for a candidate running as a director-at-large. The casting of votes for directors by proxies is not permitted.

Section 3. Members of the Society shall declare their candidacy for the office of director by filing with the Secretary of the Society a petition, signed by ten or more members of the Society who are residents of the town- ship they would represent if elected, seven days before the annual election of directors is held. The official ballot shall contain only the names of those candidates who have filed the required petition. Section 4. The annual election of the So- ciety shall be held by three judges and two clerks appointed by the President. Section 5. Any vacancy caused by death, resignation, refusal to qualify, removal from township or city, or other causes may be filled by the Board from the general membership until the next annual election, when a director shall be elected for the unexpired term. Section 6 If a Township Director moves out of their township that they are representing or moves out of Hardin County during the year, they do not need to resign until after the end of the Hardin County Fair of that year. Section 7 If a director is elected for an- other position on the fair board, that direc- tor needs to resign at the re-organizational meeting by turning in a letter of resignation, so they can be sworn into their new position.
Section 8. The term of the Board of Directors will commence on December 1.

Section 9. Directors shall be a resident of the township in which they are a candidate or a Director except for the circumstances designated in section 5.

Commemorative Signs on Sale Now

Cain Sullivan shows off his commemorative Hardin County Fair sign.

Commemorative signs are on sale right now in the Fair Office at the Hardin County Fairgrounds. The signs serve as a display of a year’s worth of work and effort put forth by fair exhibitors, and also a way to remember a given year’s fair memories. The signs are $10.

Fair Board Unveils New Logo

The Hardin County Fair Board has approved the release a new logo. The logo serves as an improvement to the visual branding of the event, and will provide an opportunity for guests to connect a to form a visual association with the fair. The logo was designed by Wes Goldsmith of the Hardin County Chamber and Business Alliance.

Long Time Fair Volunteer Passes Away

It is with a heavy heart that we inform our fair family that longtime Hardin County Fair Supporter and Volunteer Bonnie McBride has passed away. Bonnie contributed to the 4-H, Extension, and Agricultural Education, and FFA communities in addition to the fair. She could be found handling paperwork in the show arena office during the week of the fair, and helping to clerk the annual consignment sale.

Bonnie Lou McBride, 79, of Kenton
Services for Bonnie Lou McBride will be held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, June 9, 2018 at Walnut Grove Church with Pastor Doug Flinn officiating. Burial will follow at Dunkirk Cemetery. Friends may call from 2:00 p.m.  to 8:00 p.m. on Friday, June 8, 2018 at the Price – McElroy Funeral Home in Kenton.

She died at 9:48 a.m. on Monday, June 4, 2018 at St.Ritas Hospital in Lima. She was born on July 11, 1938 in Kenton, to the late Kenneth and Marguerite (Willeke) Ault. On December 27, 1957 she married Robert McBride and he survives in Kenton.

Also surviving are 3 sons; Jack McBride of Ada, Jerry (Jayna) McBride of Dola and Jim (Joan) McBride of Ada. 1 sister Marilyn Bassler of West Alexander, Ohio. 1 brother; James (Shirley) Ault of Tulsa, Oklahoma. 8 Grandchildren; Kara and Kaitlyn McBride, Josh, Jason (Courtney) and Justin McBride, Matt (Malary), Grant and Will McBride. 2 Great-Grandchildren; Jackson and Macie. Numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by a brother in law; Rev. Herman Bassler and an infant daughter; Julie Ann McBride.

Bonnie was the valedictorian of her graduating class of 1956 at Hardin Northern High School. She attended Walnut Grove Church where she was the choir director, treasurer and was involved with numerous church committees. Bonnie also was a 4-H advisor for 32 years for the Blanchard Pleasant Buckeyes and Meryleres, as well as serving in the extension office. She was a member of the Babes to Bows Mothers Club, Farm Bureau, a Lifetime FFA Alumni, a Past President of the United Way. Bonnie also served on the Antiques committee at the Hardin County Fair, was a charter member of the Ohio Studebaker Club, was a  Office Manager at the Hardin County Council of Aging and Past President, Vice president, Secretary of the Ohio Vo Ag Teachers Auxiliary. Bonnie ran the concessions at Hardin Northern Schools for various events and was a kindergarten teachers aid for a number of years.
She loved attending her grandchildren’s sport activities, and attending the Hardin County Fair. She enjoyed camping and traveling, collecting pig memorabilia and liked Studebakers. She loved to mow the grass and work in the garden. Farming was always a part of Bonnie’s life and she was always lending a helping hand and making sure everybody was fed.

Memorial contributions may be made to Walnut Grove Church, Hardin County Fair Foundation or the Helen Terrill Hardin Co 4-H Foundation.

Condolences can be left for the family here.