Fair board picks members, officers

The Seneca County Agricultural Society met Tuesday evening to begin discussions on plans for the 2018 County Fair.

Preparation for next season began with the election of board members and officers. The voting results for the 2017-18 officers included: president, Brian Staib; vice president, Bruce Henney; secretary, Pam Shock; and treasurer, Anna Hamer.

Following the vote, the members went into closed session to hear letters of request to fill three open board seats. After discussion and another vote, they elected Rod Daniel, Dave Hufford and Joline Humbert to the one-year board seats up for election this year.

With the new board in place, the meeting proceeded with review of the 2017 Seneca County Fair and focused on ways to improve for next year, along with beginning discussions on suggestions for new attractions.

“In the last three years, this was the best attendance we’ve had,” Henney said in regards to the 2017 turnout.

With higher numbers in attendance came greater feedback from patrons. Members discussed complaints, compliments and suggestions given on social media and made plans to address issues such as implementing rules of regulation for golf carts in use next year and the possibility of track-side vendors.

Board members also discussed sending two representatives from the board to the Ohio Fair Managers Convention in Columbus in January. The annual convention offers fair attraction ideas and a chance to meet with other fair board members across the state.

In other news, the board discussed actions on the following:

• WTOL visited the fairgrounds Tuesday to report on the four semi-trailer loads of straw, hay, feed and shavings that were collected for hurricane relief efforts in Texas. The original donated transport has been unable to follow through on a pickup and members have been working to locate new transportation for the donated items.

• The Junior Fair Board reported on plans for an open house with pizza 4-6 p.m. Nov. 11, and also noted the possibility of adding a bake sale to the agenda for next season.

• A letter to the board requesting property rental in March for a hog sale was discussed. Members agreed to research available space during the requested time slot and follow up at a later date.

• An increase in gate admission and member pricing for 2018 was voted down with all members agreeing to maintain current rates for next year.

Tentative fair dates of July 23-29 for 2018 were agreed for submission to the state fair board.

The fair board is to meet again Oct. 10.