New ag board member sworn in

Joline Humbert was sworn in as a Seneca County Agricultural Society board member by Seneca County Commissioner Jeff Wagner Tuesday night.

Mary Kingseed introduced members to a new entry that will be offered during the 2013 fair in the merchants’ building and received their approval. Beer making will have seven categories available including light and dark lagers, English and American brown and red ales, porter and stout style ales and special beers.

Zelda Oakleaf proposed sponsoring a Bob Evans night where on a designated night the board would receive 15 percent of proceeds from those who dine there. She will finalize the date and present it at the next meeting.

Twenty-five fair baskets have been ordered, according to secretary Phyllis Gerritsen. Baskets this year will have a larger bowl with a teal and rust banding. The liner will be a natural color. The cost is $49 per basket and includes a protector, and orders are to be taken until May 30.

Members voted down a motion to install a three-inch waterline to the infield at a cost of $6,000-$7,000. They felt it was more important to take a look at building maintenance as several buildings are in need of new roofs. Some exhibits received water damage during fair week. The office also is in need of a new computer and trees need cutting.

Cal Staib said the farm bureau foundation and fair board members met to discuss the purchase of an electronic sign, but have determined to find a local business to work with. They still are deciding size and location.

Ray Luhring reported the Junior Fair Foundation is donating $750 toward new fans for the education building, planning on buying two loads of stone and willing to help with blacktopping expenses.

In other business, the board:

Approved the financial report.

Received a letter from the Ohio Department of Taxation declaring them exempt from property taxation for 2013.

Purchased a one-and-a-half-year-old self propelled sweeper for $800.

Signed paperwork with Sunoco Pipeline and received $1,650 for the easement and construction for the project starting in October.

Received an application from the health department for 50 camping sites for a cost of $290.

Discussed gate 4 being opened during fair week.

Reported Francis Steinmetz would have the donors’ plaque for the livestock pavilion prepared for fair week.

Moved to lock the unrented stalls and lock stalls as they are emptied in the horse barn.

Moved to have helmets be used for those under 18 years old either showing or riding in the horse department.

Noted fire extinguishers need to be re-inspected.

Approved several changes for the goat department proposed for the junior fair book.

Heard extension educator Ann Golden state quality assurance meetings are available April 20 at Sentinel, April 25 in Attica and May 11 at the county fairgrounds.

Learned the first flea market is May 4-5.

The agricultural society is to meet at 7:30 p.m. May 14.