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MILLERSBURG -- Highlights of the Holmes County Agricultural Society meeting included construction updates, funding updates and committee reports:
1. Steel delivered. Steel was delivered in mid-April and is being applied to the new exposition center being built at Harvest Ridge.
"The plan is that they will have final inspection before the fair," board president Kerry Taylor said. "That's what they'll be shooting for. But, just in case, we will be able to get the temporary occupancy to be able to do the shows and stuff in there if they are not done."
2: Challenge pledge passes $100,000. The anonymous challenge pledge of $250,000 is over $100,000 and continues to grow.
"That is good news," Taylor said. "We also generated more than $16,000 for the Park District through the auction of old fair grounds equipment.
"The old transformers were picked up some will require recycling at a cost, and others have value," Taylor added. "Hopefully the value covers the expense of the cost of recycling the old ones. We also received $4,066 for the old bleachers."
3. Harvest Ridge board report. There are 32 applicants for the Harvest Ridge manager position, according to Harvest Ridge Board President Tara Sheldon. Sheldon, Taylor and Shasta Mast will be narrowing those down and scheduling interviews in the next couple weeks.
The fair is receiving a Stewardship Award at the Friends of Ohio Barns Tour, which will be stopping at the Harvest Ridge on April 28.
4. Contracts coming in. The fair board has received 15 commercial inside, four commercial outside, seven concession and 31 camper contracts and payments.
Application has been submitted for state licensing for the lower campground. Roger Bowling is planning to get 10 additional sites in prior to the fair.
5. Advertising/Fair book/Social Media: Fair book is in final reviews. A discussion about the website will take place on Monday morning prior to the Harvest Ridge Board Meeting. Mandy Taylor has been working with Alonovus/Blue Foot to design a new fair page.
6. Grandstands: Progress is being made to get the remainder of the needed materials. Bennie Godwin of Southeast Crane & Equipment has met with Charles Gordon to finalize the list of materials and hopefully within a week or so a truck will be headed north. He is planning to be back the week of May 8 for installation. Little River Band tickets went on sale two weeks ago.
7. Spring Meeting Update: A thank you went to Tim and Gale Hershberger for attending the meeting. The Holmes County Fair received a Special Appreciation award from Greater Ohio Showmen's Association. During the meeting, they said vendors (rides, food, games, etc.) must have professionally made signs -- they are not to use handwritten signage.
8. Grounds update: Holmes Wayne Electric has turned the meters back on.
The ponds are being dipped out. Bowling acquired more "green" locks and they are all keyed the same.
Erik Hanna is handling the lawn mowing and trimming.
Reporter Kevin Lynch can be reached at 330-674-5676 or firstname.lastname@example.org.