Review of Seneca fair finds early exhibitor exiting caused problems

Agricultural Society members met Tuesday night to share results of their responsibilities during fair week. All expressed appreciation to Mark Robison, announcer during the week. The crowd for the demolition derby filled the grandstands and had to be closed for the event. Visitors reported enjoying the musical programs in the entertainment building. Members noted how much they appreciated the efforts of the ride operators working in rainy and muddy conditions.

Board president Dave Hoover thanked members for their efforts to make fair week a success, but the early exiting of exhibits or animals came up as a problem. The junior fair rules and regulations book clearly states the release time for exhibitors, but several instances of early exiting were experienced. OSU Extension Agent Ann Golden said she would compose a letter to junior fair exhibitors explaining the process and penalties written in the rule book with the support of the fair board.

Golden also reported that Seneca County had an excellent representation at the Ohio State Fair, winning several ribbons.

The board thanked Sheriff Bill Eckelberry and deputies for providing security on the fairgrounds during fair week. Members also voted to donate $500 to the EMS and the county Firemen’s Association for standing ready to assist if needed.

The animal sale committee has received $363,907 but needs another $53,254 before writing checks to exhibitors. Checks have been written totaling $11,360 for programs, advertisement, banners and postage costs.

The next flea market is Saturday and Sunday.

In other matters, the board:

Accepted $10,000 from the junior fair foundation to go toward the loan balance.

Tickets will be sold at the flea market for the gun show Aug. 24-25 at the fairgrounds.

Heard the sheep department raised $700 toward new pens.

Approved the return of three musical programs for next year.

Approved offering coffee and donuts to the Ohio Fair Managers’ Association members leaving on a trip to North Dakota Oct. 5.

Approved donating $100 to Jacket Co. from New Riegel High School for entertaining.

Approved paying $400 for the sound system operator for working an extra day for the fair.

Approved contracting for seven days of the fair next year with Mark Robison for announcing at $550 per day.

Heard borrowed Wyandot County gates will be returned Monday.

Discussed the delivery of cement barriers to the fairgrounds.

The agricultural society is to meet at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 10.