The Hardin County Agricultural Society met Wednesday, August 7, 2019, for their August board meeting.
All twenty-one directors and sixteen guests were present.
Corey Ledley, Board President, called the meeting to order.
Mark Badertscher, OSU Hardin County Extension Agent, reminded everyone about the carcass show after the fair that will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 11th at 6pm. It will take place at Jenkin’s Meats in Mt. Victory.
State Representative Jon Cross, talked about the investment side for saving money with electric – House Bill 6. The saving’s should be around $10,000 each year for fairs.
Doris Ralston stated Open Class entries are slowly coming in on line and in the office.
Jamie Dellifield from OSU Hardin County, talked about some new events occurring in the community building for kids. These events all occur in the evenings and some of them you have to be pre-registered.
Steve Searson, from the Pork Producers, stated they are donating $5,000 to the fairgrounds for fans in the swine barn and money towards the new digital sign
Mark Light, OSU Hardin County Extension Agent, stated make up judging for exhibitors has taken place. He then talked about a new award being given to a 4-H volunteer.
The 4-H award is called the “Bonnie McBride Volunteer of the Year”. The award will be presented during the King & Queen/Band Show evening.
Laura Gossard, representing the horse department, questioned the new ruling about people not being able to stay all night in the barns.
A correspondence was read from Barbara Beaman, representing the Ohio Good Sam’s Rally. She spoke very highly about the fairgrounds and they are excited to come back to Hardin County.
Kolt Buchenroth and Brad Murphy gave an update on the strategic plan. New phones are being installed this Friday in the office and a restructuring meeting about the Jr. Fair Board will occur on August 19th.
Kelly Buchenroth, Ground’s Chairman, stated there is a work day for the directors at the fairgrounds for this Saturday, August 10th – starting at 8am. The fairground work day, including the Jr. Fair board, will be Saturday, August 17th. The National Cushman’s Club members will be at the fairgrounds for a tour Wednesday, August 21st at 8:30am. Fire extinguishers are being checked on Tuesday, August 14th at 9am. The backflow preventer for the fairground dump station has been installed and is awaiting certification.
Craig Stump, Camping Chairman, stated all fair camping spots have been taken for this year’s fair. People interested in having a fair camping spot for next year should call the office to get on the waiting list. Hang tags for current fair campers are ready for pick up in the Fair Office.
Rob Wilson, chairman of the Entertainment Committee, stated ticket sales for Saturday night’s entertainment for the Hardin County Fair with Tyler Rich and Matt Stell continue to be on sale. All ticket sales are done on line at www.hardincountyfair.org and if you don’t have access to a computer, you can obtain your tickets during Fair Office hours Monday – Friday from 9am-5pm. Tickets are $25 for track, $20 for reserved and $15 for general admission and the concert starts at 7pm. Rob noted that Matt Stell now has a song that just hit #23 on the charts. Billboards advertising the concert have gone up this week and posters about the concert are available to post in businesses.
Rabbit tattooing is scheduled for this Saturday, August 10th from 9-11am at the fairgrounds. The livestock barns will be disinfected the week before the fair. Don Spar stated the livestock weigh scales are being repaired. Four 55” flat screen TV’s for the show arena will be purchased, instead of renting this year.
Janie Seiler, chairman of the rides/concession/vendor committee stated there are still booth spaces for the 2019 Hardin County Fair available, so if there are groups interested in a booth or ground space, submit an application of interest to the Hardin County Fairgrounds and those applications can be located at www.hardincountyfair.org.
Nancy Rickenbacher and Sherri Beale, advisors for the JR. Fair Board, stated committee assignments have been made for the Jr. Fair Board members.
Kolt Buchenroth, Fair Communications Director, gave a report for advertising, sponsorships and technology.
It was noted that there is now a need for gate workers on Wednesday and Thursday of the fair. The groups need to have a 501c3 status and have around 30 people to man the gates. Interested groups should contact the fair office at 419-675-2396 immediately.
Under old business:
Judi Cronley stated the fair premium book is available on line at www.hardincountyfair.org and in the fair office. Fair t-shirts and commemorative signs for the 2019 Hardin County Fair are still available for purchase in the fair office. Open Class entries are now being accepted on line at www.hardincountyfair.org or in the fair office Monday – Friday from 9-5pm until Friday, August 16th. The Fair Office is now open Monday – Friday from 9-5pm. Season tickets are now on sale in the community and in the fair office. Membership tickets can only be purchased in the Fair Office. Reserved seats are now available for purchase in the fair office for grandstand events.
Under new business:
The Emergency Management Meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, August 14th at 6:30pm in the Grange Restaurant. Following this meeting, the arts/crafts building will be set up for the fair. Whole hog sausage will not be sold during the fair this year. It was noted there is $800 in memorial donations for the 4-H horse program in memory of Pat & Betty Mullady. The horse committee will discuss this at their meeting on Tuesday night. Jack McBride stated there are 2700 JR Fair entries with 913 exhibitors. Judi Cronley, Secretary, made note of some corrections for the Open Class Youth Department and Cultural Arts. Division 5010 in the Open Class Youth Dept. should read Grades 1-5 for Class 26. Division 5015 in the Open Class Cultural Arts should read QUILTS, not Beginner’s quilting. And then under that quilting section for class 9 the quilted throw should be a size 60”x60”, not 18”x60”.
The next board meeting will be Wednesday, August 28th at 7:00pm in the Community Building.