County fair prep continues

Seneca County Agricultural Society members are readying the fairgrounds for fair week. City Meets Country, It’s Fair Time! is the theme for the July 21-27 event.

Board president Calvin Staib thanked those who removed and trimmed trees on the grounds and cleaned the area.

County Engineer Mark Zimmerman estimated grinding and paving of the of the driveway on the grounds to cost more than $45,000. The Farm Bureau has agreed to pay $3,500 for the parking area near its office while County Commissioner Jeff Wagner said commissioners agreed Tuesday morning to pay half the remaining cost. Staib said the fair may benefit by $10,000 from casino funds toward its half. Members approved putting the project out to bid.

July 21 is Veterans’ Day at the fair. Any veteran or active duty member attending the fair in uniform gets in free.

The new LED scrolling sign’s design has been decided and is to be ordered soon. The board hopes to have it erected outside the main gate on Hopewell Avenue before fair week.

Ted Powell, president of Seneca County Reacts, said the group again is to guard the entry gates after ticket sales have ended, and members approved.

Ohio Extension agent Jason Sidell requested space during the fair for the Master Gardeners to display educational material. He said senior and junior fair books are available.

In other business, the board:

Approved the financial report.

Approved Bugners pumping out campers Thursday of fair week for $10 each.

Reported on pre-ticket sales and donations.

Approved an agreement for cleaning and hauling debris after the fair.

Discussed borrowing gates for sheep pens from Wyandot County fair and Attica fair.

Heard Good Sam wants to use the fairgrounds for a jamboree.

Discussed EMS needs for events during fair week. A list will be sent to EMS Director Ken Majors.

Heard shuttles for fair week are ordered and the coloring wall was ordered Wednesday.

The agricultural society is to meet at 7:30 p.m. July 8.