The Hardin County Agricultural Society met Saturday at the Jr. Fair Board office with 20 board members and 15 guests present.
The executive committee met prior to board meeting to review applications for secretary/treasurer position. After reviewing applications the committee recommended to hire Judi Cronley. Recommendation was accepted by the board.
She replaces Nancy Motter, who resigned earlier this year.
An update on black top sealing was given. The county engineer’s office is doing roads only and other areas are to be paid by the board. The area in front of the show arena and around the steak barn has been completed. The board agreed to have work completed on the two roads by caretakers house, area by midway and by race horse barns past the maintenance building.
Hardin County Tractor Pullers wanted to know about getting another concession stand in the infield for the tractor pull. The matter was forwarded to concession committee.
Board was asked if the horse arena could be used Tuesday night of the fair for practice. Board said the due to band show the arena could not be used.
Mark Badertscher, Hardin County Extension Office Educator said Sept. 9 will be the carcass show at Mount Victory Meats.
Also Sept. 23 a new master gardner course will be starting and they wanted to know about setting up a display in the Arts and Crafts Building.
The minutes of last meeting were reviewed.
Financial reports were reviewed.
Bills were presented to pay.
Committee reports were:
• Grounds Committee – Jim Bidwell, Chairman
- The Arts and Crafts building set up day will be Aug. 20 at 7 p.m.
- The lock on the Arts and Crafts building has been fixed.
- The “No Guns” sign on fence has to be removed. They can only be posted on the buildings. The board will check with the county commissioners and sheriff about posting buildings.
- The grandstand handrails are being made
- A new bucket for new loader to be picked up.
- Benches need to be out of barn by work day.
- A message sign in memory of Tom Sprang has been hung in the show arena. Lynn Valley Farmers 4-H Club will program sign.
- Sawdust has been hauled out of Show Arena.
- Silver Creek Supply will spray the grounds and barns
- Jim Smith is making a new showcase.
- The scales have been certified
- Three water fountains are bad. New water fountains will cost $500 each.
- A bus and parking lot has been secured in case of rain.
- A skid loader being donated for use during fair.
- Work Day is scheduled for Aug. 23 at 9 a.m.
- Sixty tons of sand has been put in the horse arena.
- The County Engineer’s Office is scheduled to blow out tiles and the City of Kenton will be contacted to blow out sewer lines.
- County will be contacted to fix row marker signs.
• Camping Committee - Craig Stump Chairman
- Will be meeting in next couple of weeks.
• Entertainment Committee – Mike Kleman Chairman
- The wood carving auction will be Sunday of the fair at 1 p.m. in front of the gazebo.
• Livestock Committees:
- Rabbits will be tattooed on Saturday, Aug. 9 from 9-11 a.m.
• Rides and Concessions Committee – Janie Seiler, Chairman
- There are ground and building space still available. Nine spots are available in Community Building.
- There was $7,300 received from previous Pepsi Contract. A new contract needs to be signed
• Junior Fair Board – Nancy Rickenbacher, Chairman
- Showed new Jr. Fair Board Office.
- Discussed how ribbons will be packaged this year.
- Discussed the show arena cleaning schedule
- Went over Jr. Fair Board Committee assignments
• Other committees:
- The membership and season tickets were distributed
- Appreciation Night will be Sept. 14 at 6 p.m.
- With increased sponsorship need more banners.
- Website needs work.
• Old business:
- State Demo Derby will be Sept. 27 at 3 p.m.
- Hardin County Fair Foundation by-laws were presented for review.
• New Business:
-The fair office opens Monday, Aug. 4 from 9 a.m.- 5 p.m.
- An EMS meeting will be Aug. 20 at 6:30 p.m.
The next board meeting will be Aug. 30 at 7:30 p.m. in the Community Building.