The Hardin County Agricultural Society met on Wednesday, July 6, 2022 for their monthly July Board of Directors meeting. Fifteen directors and fifteen guests were present.
Brad Murphy, Chairman of the Board, called the meeting to order.
Hardin County Commissioner Roger Crowe said they will be updating a commemorative plaque which is displayed in the grandstand. It was also noted that the commissioners were also helping to pay for the majority of the recent paving project carried out on the fairgrounds.
Mark Badertscher, Hardin County OSU Extension, said he was working to set a date for the annual hulk show.
Families of rabbit exhibitors have discussed some rabbit issues, managers are helping to resolve these issues.
Jolene Buchenroth, Co-Chair of the Royalty Committee, said they wanted to add a prince and princess to the royalty contest. She was given the green light. Children aged 5 to 8 on January 1 will be able to sell tickets, hoping to be the top seller to win the prince and princess. More information on the process can be found on the fair’s website at: www.hardincountyfair.org
Amanda Raines, Hardin County OSU Extension, wanted to thank the fair board for allowing the majority of their 4-H events to be held at the fairgrounds. She also added that skill-a-thon dates are set for July 28 and August 4 from 1-7 p.m. Help with breeding would be greatly appreciated. There are also $50 grants, which can be obtained through the OSU Hardin County Extension Office, to help anyone presenting a project at the State Fair.
Craig Stump, Chairman of the Executive Committee, spoke about John Siemon’s good contract. A discussion also took place on the number of free subscriptions and day passes distributed each year. A total of $6,560 is given out in free tickets to those who come to the aid of showmen during the year and during the fair.
Charlie McCullough, chairman of the development committee, said the new projected date for the construction of a new building or buildings will be 2023.
Rob Wilson, representing the Ground Committee, said a working day is set for Saturday August 6 at 8am. Trees will be planted after this year’s fair, to replace several trees that had to be felled this year due to their death. Gammon’s Tree Service will be performing tree prunings ahead of this year’s fair. Tackett’s fencing service will install a new chain link fence and gate, at a cost not to exceed $5,500. It was also noted that an evacuation plan should be made, in case of emergencies during off-season camping events.
Craig Stump, campsite president, said the Ohio Good Sam group is currently camping at the fairgrounds. They expect a hundred campers. The Ag Society won $6,615 from the National Cushman Club for camping during their event. The total made from their event was $10,215.
It was noted that a judge is still needed for the JR Fair Dairy Show and now the JR Fair Lamb Show at 4 p.m. Wednesday. Contracts for other JR Fair Livestock judges have been sent out. Horse shooting records must be submitted no later than Friday, August 5 at 4:00 p.m. to the secretary’s office, if the horse is coming to the fair. The bunny tattoo is scheduled for Saturday, August 6, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Stephanie Jolliff, representing the County FFA teachers, said their groups would like to donate wheelbarrows with their money, which they receive to have projects at the fair.
Brad Murphy said the online application for vendors and dealerships is still available on the fair’s website. Having an ice cream truck at the fair was discussed and will be discussed further at the next board meeting. Since PEPSI will not be bringing its coolers to the fair this year, a discussion took place on the purchase of small coolers for the restaurants under the grandstand. The manager decided to purchase 10 units at a cost of $600 each. Brad also noted that the Hardin Northern Band Boosters will not be returning to the fair after being there for 62 years. They simply don’t have the manpower to run their restaurant anymore. Discussions are underway for another group to take over this restaurant.
Sherri Beale, JR Fair’s board advisor, said their committees have been formed. Ribbons have been ordered and 2nd notices will be sent to sponsors who have not paid for their ribbons and trophies.
Judi said that there are 2 sponsors for the fair who have not yet paid their invoice.
The Fair Premium Book is now only available online. We hope that printed copies will be available from the secretariat in the coming weeks.
Two new computers were purchased for the secretariat. Jake McFadden asked if another ticket printer should be purchased. He received the OK to buy another one.
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The emergency management meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, August 17 at 6 p.m. at the Grange restaurant. The Arts/Crafts building will be set up for the fair after this meeting. JR Show registrations, for any JR Show exhibitors bringing something to the show, must be made by Sunday July 31st. Registrations for the open class will begin to be accepted online on August 1. If anyone needs help with your Open Class online registration, they should stop by the fair office, when it begins to open Monday through Friday from Monday August 8th. This office will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Season passes, day passes and grandstand tickets can be purchased online now. All tickets are sold online, like last year. A regular working day for the fair, with the JR Fair Board, is scheduled for Saturday, August 20, starting at 8:30 a.m. The next fair board meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, August 3 at 7 p.m. in the community building.