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The Hardin County Agricultural Society met Saturday, October 7, 2017, at the Hardin County Fairgrounds for their monthly board meeting.  Sixteen directors were and 13 guests were present.
 
Howard Lyle, President, called the meeting to order.
 
Denna Clem, chairperson of the Antique Dept, requested changing their entry drop off times to Noon-4pm on Monday, Labor Day.  Her request was granted.
Bob McBride requested a History Committee be formed, with the president, sec/treasurer, a JR Fair Board Representative and 2 board members on it.  He would also like the committee to meet 1x yearly in November.  The board moved to go ahead with forming a history committee.    
Rick Black requested a tug a truck/drag racing idea be looked into for next year’s fair.  He was told to get all of the information together for the entertainment committee.  
Roger Crowe congratulated the fair board on having a great fair.  
 
Many thank you’s were read from various people.
 
Minutes of last month’s meeting were discussed and Dan Beale noted they needed to be amended d/t Buck Township not having an open seat for the election in November.  The minutes were approved as amended.
 
Craig Stump stated there will be an executive meeting Tuesday, Nov. 7th at 7pm.  The audit will start on Wednesday, Oct. 11th with a meeting with the auditor starting at 10am that day.  
 
Jim Bidwell spoke on behalf of the Grounds Committee.  There will be a ground’s meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 17th at 7pm.  A building, belonging to Oakridge Realty, is still on the fairgrounds and discussion was held on how to get a hold of them to remove it.  One call has already been made to them, with no action taken as of yet.  Pete Fout requested the ok for him to build a front porch to the caretaker’s house.  The board moved to let Pete go ahead with building a porch.  It was noted winter storage continues with items being stored.
 
Craig Stump stated there will be a camping committee meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 17th during the ground’s meeting.  Items to be discussed at that meeting are the current waiting list of 23 people and campers moving out before 7pm on Sunday night of the fair.  
 
Rob Wilson, representing the entertainment committee, stated there will also be an entertainment meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 17th at 7pm to start discussing ideas for next year’s fair.  Overall, the entertainment had a positive number for the 2017 fair.  The demo derby continues to be the largest money maker and the Columbus Zoo was a huge hit this year.  The board moved to have another concert at the 2018 Hardin County Fair.   
 
Judi Cronley gave an update on the 2017 Jr. Fair Livestock Sale.  Jr. Fair Livestock exhibitors received $433,990 this year, which was only down $2,000 and there were less livestock at the sale.  
 
Under old business:  
Petitions for fair directors running for open positions are due by Friday, Oct. 27th at 4pm.  There was a total of 1,109 lbs of whole hog sausage sold this year, which was up by 530 lbs. from last year.  The Annual Fair Board Election for directors is Saturday, Nov. 4th from 3-7pm in the fair office.  
 
Under new business: 
A legal ad and article about the fair board election will run in the Kenton Times this month.  Mark Garmon, Ray Davis, Jim Bidwell, Janie Seiler and Justin Beale will be the judges and clerks for the Nov. Election.  The board moved to request the 2018 Ohio Fairs Fund Money.  The board moved to nominate Ray Davis for our Outstanding Fair Supporter to the Ohio Dept. of Agriculture.  It was noted the Fair district meeting is scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 2nd at 7pm at the Auglaize County Fairgrounds.  Corey Ledley requested to purchase the 2 wireless mic’s that were rented this year during the fair.  The board agreed to purchase the mic’s.  The fair board received notice of change in taxable values on the 3 parcels owned by the Ag. Society.  It was noted several directors did not like the hand held radios that were rented for this year’s fair.  The next regular board meeting will be Saturday, November 4th at 7:30pm in the fair office, with the annual meeting and re-organizational meetings to occur at this time, too.





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