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.

Season Tickets Go On Sale August 1st Around Hardin County

Kenton Area:

Ace Hardware

Roger’s Nationwide Insurance Agency


Hardin Ag Service Center

Hardin County Council on Aging

Kenton TImes

Sue’s House of Fashion

Diamond M. Vet Clinic

Mid Ohio Energy Co-Op

Tice Construction

Heritage Co-Op Agronomy

Jumpin’ Jim’s Marathon

Triony Hair Salon

Superior Credit Union

Root Lumber

Heritage Elevator

Liberty National Bank

Community First Bank


US Bank

Huntington Bank

Quest Federal Credit Union (Both Kenton Locations)


Mount Victory Area:

Mount Victory State Bank

Mount Victory Mini Mart

Plaza Inn Restaurant


Ridgeway Area:

Mouser Hardware

S & K Mini Mart


Alger & McGuffey Area:

Alger Carry Out

Alger Freeze

Foraker Elevator

Silver Creek Supply

Ram’s Roost


Ada Area:

Liberty National Bank

Quest Federal Credit Union

4 Seasons Drive Thru

302 Carryout


Forest Area:


Martin’s Meat Mart

Community First Bank


Dunkirk Area:

Southside Six

First Citizens National Bank


Pfeiffer Station & Hepburn Area:

Pfeiffer Station General Store

Hepburn Feed & Grain

Senior Fair Board Holds July Meeting

The Hardin County Agricultural Society met Saturday, July 1, 2017, at the Hardin County Fairgrounds for their monthly board meeting. Twenty directors were present and 17 guests were present.

Howard Lyle, President, called the meeting to order.

Mark Badertscher, representing the OSU Extension Office, stated that the Hardin County Farm Bureau is interested in purchasing some trees for the fairgrounds. This interest was sent to the ground’s committee. Maryilyn Bidwell stated some rugs in the community building have come up missing and 2 more need to be purchased. Pete Fout stated he would take care of that.

Brad Murphy spoke on behalf of the Executive Committee. He brought up the issue of security concerns and foot traffic through the secretary’s office during the week of the fair. The executive committee wanted the secretary’s office door locked after 12:00 on Tuesday of the fair and for it to stay locked the duration of the fair. The Executive committee’s thought was to have all foot traffic and fair issues diverted to the fair office, with the concession’s office issues to be routed through there as well. This request was voted down 13 to 6 after hearing issues of why it shouldn’t be done that way by the concession’s dept. This issue will continue to be researched by the concession’s dept. and the executive dept.

Craig Stump also spoke on behalf of the Executive Committee about horse fun shows occurring during horse 4-H clubs designated work out nights. This issue is going to be talked in more depth with the horse council. A work session for the executive committee was formed to talk about the amount of meal tickets being used during the week of the fair and money spent on the OFMA convention by the fair board directors each year. That meeting is set for Tuesday, July 11th at 6:30pm. The board moved to have some consignment sale money and off season camping money transferred to a capital improvement fund.

Jim Bidwell spoke on behalf of the Grounds Committee. It was noted the Ohio Ag. Society Facilities Grant was finished this week and the last request for payment was turned in. Three trees on the fairgrounds have been cut down, due to dyeing. Kelly Buchenroth spoke about the ventilation project that is being worked on for the dairy beef feeder barn. Taylor Creek Lads and Lassies have been fundraising for this project and have donated $5,650 so far for the fans. Each fan cost $2,841, plus shipping. The board moved to purchase 2 fans for the dairy beef feeder barn. The board also moved to purchase a fan for the show arena. A work day to paint the exterior of the Merchant’s building and the steel in the show arena was set for Saturday, July 8th at 8am. A sound system, with hook ups for tents, for the new show arena was approved. The next ground’s committee meeting is set for Tuesday, July 18th at 7pm.

It was noted the Ag. Society is still waiting on the State Camping License. There are currently 5 fair campers who have not paid for their camping spots for 2017. These are new campers for this year. Craig Stump stated a camping meeting needs set to discuss camping during the fair.

Judi Cronley, gave an update on how ticket sales were going for the Lauren Alaina Concert. Ticket sales continue on the Fair’s website through pay pal and in the office on Wednesday and Fridays from 9am-4pm. The Fair Office will be open on July 4th for those wishing to purchase tickets that day.

Livestock judges are still needed for the Wednesday Beef Show and one for the Rabbit Show. Weigher licenses need signed by a couple of people and it was noted those will be done in March next year, since they are dated May to May. Jeff Madison stated rabbit tattooing will be Saturday, August 12th from 9am-11am at the fairgrounds. Don Spar stated the livestock weigh scales are hopefully going to be tested on Wednesday, August 2nd. He also stated he will be ordering livestock animal tags soon.

It was noted vendor and concession contracts deadline for payment was June 15th, follow-calls have been made

and some new contracts have been sent.
It was noted the Jr. Fair Board will be donating $696 to the fair board for the new rails at the gazebo.

Under old business:
Judi still needs judges for open class grain/hay, fruit & vegetables, open class culinary, open class wine, open class cultural arts, open class youth, pie day, open class decorative painting, open class woodworking, open class fine arts, high school art and high school ag. Education.
Box Seat money was due June 30th and 3 current box seat holders have not paid. They will be called this week to see if they are still going to need box seats.
Jr. Fair entries are due at the end of this month – July 31st.
The USV Lion’s Club has agreed to work the grandstand ticket booth during the fair and a contract for them has been sent.

Under new business:
The 2nd quarter fair newsletter has been delivered by email.
There are currently 5 vehicles that are still being stored and invoices will go out this week to those owners. The vehicles have to be gone by the end of July.
Open class on line entries will open on August 1st and close on Friday, August 18th.
The Fair Office will start to be open Monday through Friday from 9-5pm on Monday, August 7th.
Season tickets will go on sale in the community starting Monday, August 1st,’
Fair brochures and placemats have been ordered and 2017 Hardin County Fair T-Shirts are now on sale in the Secretary’s office.
The next regular board meeting will be Saturday, August 5th at 7:30pm in the arts and crafts building.