The unofficial kickoff to the next fair season was held in the form of the 2018 Beef Weigh In. 64 animals were weighed in total. 35 market beef animals were processed, while 29 dairy beef steers crossed the scales.
The Hardin County Agricultural Society met Thursday, December 21, 2017, at the Plaza Inn in Mt. Victory for their January board meeting and Holiday Dinner. Nighteen directors were present and 30 guests were present.
Craig Stump, President, called the meeting to order.
Judi Cronley, Notary for the Hardin County Ag. Society, swore in Dale Cockerell, newly appointed Director at Large.
Mark Badertscher, OSU Extension Agent, stated all steers need to be registered by Wednesday, Dec. 27th and then be weighed at the fairgrounds on Saturday, Dec. 30th between the hours of 10am-12 noon.
Roger Crowe, Hardin County Commissioner, stated his thankfulness to the board and since attending the board meetings this past year– has discovered how much work the directors put into the fairgrounds all year long.
Luke Underwood, Deputy County Engineer, thanked the board for inviting him to the dinner and stated how appreciative he is of the directors and also made the directors aware of a drainage project that will affect the fairgrounds.
Craig Stump then honored the newly past directors – Kerry James for 14 years on the board, Jim Bidwell for 33 years on the board and Ray Davis for 39 years on the Board. Not present was Jeff Madison, who served 11 years on the board.
Corey Ledley, Vice President and Chair of the Executive Committee discussed the Fair Committee Assignments for the 2018 Fair. Judi Cronley discussed the 2017 Annual Report, which then was approved. It was noted the loan to Quest Federal Credit Union has been paid off and employees have received their bonus checks. A list of the meeting dates for 2018 were also announced.
Kelly Buchenroth, chairman of the Grounds Committee, stated they will be meeting after the OFMA convention in January.
Craig Stump, chairman of the Camping Committee, discussed the meeting that was held with Rick Bard of the Cushman’s Group. The board accepted the committee’s recommendations for charging the group. This proposal will be given to the group and they will let the board know in January of their decision. Craig also discussed a conversation he had with Sue Bailey, representing the Top 20, in regards to using either the Arts/Crafts Building or Community Building for a weekly practice for a couple of hours, for the next 3 months. The board accepted a recommendation on payment.
Rob Wilson, representing the entertainment committee, stated they are still in talks about Saturday night’s entertainment and he will be researching possibilities for Wednesday night’s entertainment at the OFMA Convention.
Don Spar, chairperson of the Livestock Committee, stated there will be a Jr. Fair Livestock Sale Committee Meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 17th at 7pm in the fair office, followed by the Livestock Committees meeting after that meeting.
Sherri Beale stated the Jr. Fair board members have been set for 2018 and hopes some of them will be able to attend the OFMA convention in January.
There was no Old Business to discuss.
Under new business:
- Fair board Directors were paid their annual salary of $1.00
- It was noted the 4th quarter newsletter has been emailed and there are hard copies available in the office.
- The Consignment Sale is set for Saturday, March 10th at 9am and rates will remain the same as last year.
- The Community Building will be used for a week in January by the Police and Sheriff Depts. for a training.
- The next regular board meeting will be Saturday, February 3rd at 7:30pm in the Fair Office. This will be the board’s last regular meeting on a Saturday.
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.
Several Deadlines for Livestock Exhibitors are approaching.
June 1st (4:30pm) Deadlines
- All exhibitors must be have possession of their livestock.
- Horse Lease and ID Forms due.
- PAS Horse Show Entries due.
- Registration paperwork for Rabbits and Beef Feeders due. Registration Forms:
June 9th Deadline
- Broiler chick orders due.