Commissioners Assist in Asphalt Resurfacing

At April’s Monthly Board Meeting, Hardin County Commissioner Roger Crowe addressed the Hardin County Fair Board in response to a request to have the County Engineer’s office reseal the county road spaces on the fairgrounds. Crowe made mention that while the engineer’s office was willing to reseal the county roads on the grounds, the office would need further compensation for the parking spaces on the grounds.

Crowe made note that the math equated to a 65/35 split. Commissioner Crowe then told the board that the Commissioners were prepared to cover the remaining balance that would be left to the fair board, which was approximately $8,471.

Kelly “Buck” Buchenroth, chairman of the Building and Grounds Committee expressed the thanks of the board.

We are all very thankful for the help and support from the Commissioners. They are a great asset in keeping the grounds maintained, and mamking it one of the nicest fairgrounds around the area.

Commissioner Crowe commented on behalf of the commissioners:

The Hardin County Commissioners have agreed to cover the cost to treat [the] additional areas.  The total contribution by the Commissioners will be approximately $8,471.  In addition to the road project and as has been done in years past, the County has made a $10,000 contribution to the Agricultural Society.  This contribution has been placed in a capital improvement fund for future use.

New Fair Directors Elected, Sworn In

Winning seats on the Hardin County Fair Board of Directors are:

  • Craig Decker
  • Kelly “Buck” Buchenroth
  • Charles “Charlie” McCullough
  • Dan Beale
  • Paul Ralston
  • Rob Wilson
  • Jack McBride
  • Brad Murphy

The directors were sworn in by Hardin County Fair Secretary and Treasurer, Judi Cronley.

Also at the reorganizational meeting held Saturday evening, Craig Stump was elected to the office of President and Corey Ledley was elected as the Vice President.

August Board Meeting Minutes

The Hardin County Agricultural Society met Saturday, August 5, 2017, at the Hardin County Fairgrounds for their monthly board meeting.  Seventeen directors were and 16 guests were present.

 

Howard Lyle, President, called the meeting to order.

 

Mark Badertscher, representing the OSU Extension Office, discussed the cases of swine flu at some county fairs.  He also talked about needing a backup location for the carcas show for Thursday, Sept. 14th.

Clay Hastings and three of his friends stated they were building a car for the demolition derby in memory of Keegan McKee.  They wanted the car to be accessible to the community for people to sign the car, which will be donated to Keegan’s family.  The board stated it could be located in the infield before the derby.

Mark Light, representing the OSU 4-H Extension Office, stated 4-H livestock interviews will be on August 8th from 1-8pm and last chance for Quality Assurance will be on August 9th from 1-3pm.  He stated he has had more requests from 4-H clubs wanting a booth this year for the fair.  Horse Council wants to update electrical in the Horse Barn.  Jim Bidwell and Greg Liedel moved to let the community trick or treat through the 4-H building, an event being sponsored by 4-H Council.  Motion passed.

Jack McBride stated there is 2660 Jr. Fair entries.

 

Correspondences were read from the Ohio Dept. of Agriculture’s State Veterinarian and Chief, ODA Division of Animal Health, regarding Swine influenza and erysipelas.  It was stated in the letter that both of these illnesses can be directly transmitted between swine and humans in the same way that illness can be transmitted between people.  Information will be posted throughout the swine building about proper sanitation, there will be hand washing/sanitizing stations near all entrances to the barns, and people are to refrain from bringing food and drinks into the barns. The board received an email from Jessica Jones regarding her sister who is battling rectal cancer.  The directors moved to donate 2 tickets to the Lauren Alaina concert to them.  A thank you letter from the Kenton Area Summer Swim Team Board was read, regarding the use of the fairground’s trash barrels during their Summer Swim Champs.  An invitation to Hardin Soil & Water Conservation Dist. and Natural Resources Conservation Service’s customer appreciation day was read.

 

Jim Bidwell spoke on behalf of the Grounds Committee.  It was noted ridge vents have been installed in the horse barn to help with ventilation, money was donated for this project.  Tice Construction have poured a new sidewalk to the community building and sidewalks around the new show arena.  New fans have been installed in the show arena and tarps have been ordered for the new show arena.  Memorial signs for the livestock barn projects were discussed.  A work day for the directors has been set for Saturday, August 12th and the next ground’s committee meeting is set for Monday, August 14th at 7 pm.

 

It was noted the Ag. Society is still waiting on the State Camping License.  There are currently 2 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 will be held after this board meeting.

 

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 from 9am-5pm Monday-Friday.  600 tickets have been sold so far.

 

All livestock judges have been acquired for the fair.  Weigh licenses have been received.  Rabbit tattooing will be on Saturday, August 12th from 9am-11am.  The swine barns are going to be disinfected.  The goat scrapie paper is going to be on the OSU 4-H website for accessibility.  It was decided to purchase mulch for the new show arena.

 

Janie Seiler, representing the rides/concessions dept. stated all booths in the buildings have been filled.  Outside space is still available.  There is a new implement dealer coming to the fair, along with a couple new food vendors.  Ray Davis and Don Spar moved to not let another group sub lease from the Genealogy Society during the week of the fair.  This is per rule #8 and #32 as stated on their contract.  They will be notified.  The same amount of golf carts will be ordered for the fair week, which has been used in the past.  Departments needing tents during the week of the fair, need to be turned in to Janie Seiler, by Monday, August 28th.

 

Committee reports for Jr. Fair board kids were given to the directors.  It was suggested that the kids meet with their department chair people at 8:15 am on August 19th before the fair work day begins.  The board moved to have a Jr. Fair board kid answer the phone in the office for a couple hours a day during the fair.

 

Kolt Buchenroth mentioned the internet speed during the week of the fair is not fast enough to do a live internet video stream.  This issue will be researched.

 

Under old business:

Jr. Fair entries were due on July 31st.  Open class entries are now being accepted in the office or by going online and submitting them that way until August 18th.  The fair office is now open Monday-Friday from 9am-5pm.  All reserved tickets can be purchased in the office now.  Season tickets have gone on sale in the community and the fair website has a list of where tickets can be purchased.

 

Under new business:

The emergency management meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, August 16th at 6:30 pm in the Grange restaurant.  Following that meeting, the arts & crafts building will be set up for the fair.  The fairground work day is scheduled for Saturday, August 19th, starting at 8:15 am.  The next regular board meeting will be Saturday, September 2nd at 7:30 pm in the community building.

Hardin County Agricultural Society Holds June Meeting

The Hardin County Agricultural Society met Wednesday, June 14, 2017, at the Hardin County Fairgrounds for their monthly board meeting, after not being able to hold a meeting on their regular scheduled date due to not having a quorum.  Thirteen directors and 5 guests were present.

 

Howard Lyle, President, called the meeting to order.

 

Mark Badertscher, representing the OSU Extension Office, stated there were 102 sheep/lambs weighed in and tagged on June 10th.  

Roger Crowe, County Commissioner, stated he was looking forward to seeing a full fairground on the day GOBA visits and on the 4th of July.

 

Correspondence was read from the Marion County Fair Board.  They will be celebrating the retirement of their Fair Manager, Candy Tripp, on July 4th from 6-7pm at the Marion County Fair Picnic Pavilion.  

Howard also read an email received from OFMA, about AEP having a rep. available to help lower demand rates.  This letter was referred to the Ground’s Committee.  

Jami Dellifield, Family Consumer Science Educator from OSU Extension, had given the fair office flyers discussing an on line training about Occasional Quantity Cooks Volunteer Training.  For more information on this on line training you can pick up flyers at the Fair Office or call the extension office at 419-674-2297.

 

Jim Bidwell spoke on behalf of the Grounds Committee.  It was noted the Hardin Community Foundation granted $500 for flowers, $500 for 20 vinyl chairs in the Community Building and $2500 for the new speaker system in the livestock barns.  The board moved to order 80 more chairs for the community building, to finish buying those.  Discussion was held on what was needed to be done for when GOBA visits next week.  

 

It was noted the Ag. Society is still waiting on the State Camping License.  There are currently 10 fair campers who have not paid for their camping spots for 2017.  Most of those are new campers for this year, but a few are past campers and those sites are being given to people on the waiting list.  Money for the camp sites were due on May 19th and they have been given an extra month to pay and no payment has been received by them.  The camping committee was able to accommodate around 15 new campers this year.  

 

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.  Ticket sales have increased since Lauren received a CMT award for Breakthrough Video of the year.  The board moved to purchase $200 for a Facebook push for the Lauren Alaina Concert.  The board moved to give 2 track tickets for the concert, to the 50/50 raffle on the 4th of July.  The board moved to purchase cancellation insurance through Nationwide Insurance for the concert.  It was noted the Hardin County Fair Website has been updated.  The board moved to have Corey Ledley purchase a lap top to communicate to the TV’s in the Show Arena.   

 

Ray Davis announced who the goat show judge will be.  Howard Lyle discussed a USDA inspection that was recently done.  USDA forms were added to the retention policy in the office.  The issue with the Jr Fair Draft Horses was discussed.  It was noted having youth draft showmanship on both Wednesday and Friday, gives more exposure to draft horses.  Youth do not have to compete on the Wednesday Jr Fair Horse Show, they can just compete on Friday if they choose.  Youth draft horse exhibitors can compete on Wednesday and Friday is they choose.  Also there is no requirement for 4-H youth to participate at the fair, they finish their project at the interview judging.  Regular horse shows on Monday – Thursday during the summer were discussed.  Only horse shows being offered to youth are free during those days, if there are open classes, payment for the use of the arena needs to be made.  The horse arena is worked on Sunday of each week.  If there are youth horse shows being planned by clubs, the fair office still needs to be notified, so proper planning can be made.  

Livestock judges are still needed for the Wednesday Beef Show and Rabbit Show.

 

It was noted vendor and concession contracts deadline for payment was June 15th and follow-calls will be made next week.  There are several new vendors and concessions wanting spots and those people will also be called with available spots.

 

It was noted the Jr. Fair Board will be offering breakfast bags Saturday morning of GOBA.

 

It was also noted the Freedom Celebration on the 4th of July will begin at 12 noon with a full day of activities planned at the fairgrounds, right up to the fireworks display at 10pm.  This will be a day focused on honoring our veterans.  Mark Garmon stated Senior Citizen’s Day on Friday, Sept. 8th of the Fair will be the same as last year with the exception that Hardin Hills will be supplying the donuts.  

 

Under old business:  

Judi still needs judges for all non-livestock departments, except the flower dept. Box Seat letters were sent out at the end of May, with their due date being Friday, June 30th.  There were 3 directors and 1 guest who attended the District 2 meeting in Wapak. on June 10th.  

 

Under new business:

Jr. Fair entries can now be entered by going to the Fair’s website and they are due by July 31st.  The board moved to have a community group work as ticket takers for the grandstand events during the fair.  The board approved a design for the 2017 fair t-shirts.  The board moved to donate a fair t-shirt to the 50/50 drawing on the 4th of July.  It was noted Fair Work Day has been scheduled for Saturday, August. 19th.

The next regular board meeting will be Saturday, July 1st at 7:30pm.