Board welcomes member, hears updates

Seneca County Agricultural Society met Tuesday night at the fairgrounds and talked of upcoming events.

Members of the fair board welcomed newly inducted junior fair coordinator Emily Gilliland, to replace Coordinator Nicole Hoover. Hoover, who announced her intent to step down in August, is to remain until December to help make a smooth transition.

The board then heard from Chuck Roelle of Ohio Country Concerts LLC, who offered an opportunity to be the hosting charity in an upcoming concert honoring the Rainey family, who died in a house fire in October 2017. After a question-and-answer period with Roelle regarding proceeds, permits and alcohol liabilities, the board found they had little time to fully think over the event — slated for Dec. 22 — and thanked Roelle, agreeing to more seriously consider participating next year.

President Brian Staib said he was contacted by Stride Events, a California-based company offering to aid in future fair advertising and ticket sales for a percentage of online proceeds. The proposition was informally tabled, giving the board more time to decide before the start of the next fair season.

New guidelines for the 2019 fair season were further cemented as the board approved having a judge present at livestock weigh-ins to identify qualifying species (beef, dairy, dairy beef, feeder cows). In addition, livestock “loadout”/removal is restricted until 10 p.m., or after the final showmen “Sweepstakes” event.

Before adjourning, board members discussed in-house updates, such as the 2019 Fair Convention, which is set for Jan. 3-6; new carpet being laid in the fair board office building; adding stone to the top layer of the track; and the need for superintendents in fine arts, needlework and photography.