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Harvest Ridge hires events manager; Steve Miller fills the newly created position

Steve Miller fills the newly created position

By KEVIN LYNCH Staff Writer Published: June 24, 2017 5:00 AM
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MILLERSBURG -- With the ultimate goal of turning the Holmes County Fair into just another activity at Harvest Ridge, new manager of Steve Miller has grand plans for making use of the space and facilities at Harvest Ridge.

"My biggest goal is to have the Holmes County Fair not be the biggest event here," Miller said. "The fair is a huge event, and if I can top that, boy, that would be great. It is a realistic goal. The buildings here are enormous, and they will be great to use."

Miller owned his own landscaping and construction business, and the skills he has developed through 14 years on the job are assets he brings to the newly created events manager position at Harvest Ridge.

"I've had a lot of experience dealing with the general public and promoting ideas through my own business," Miller said. "In the construction industry, people are generally unhappy with something, so I've had to try and smooth things over."

The manager position was developed to show people what is available at Harvest Ridge, as well as schedule dates, arrange pricing, suggest what they can and cannot do.

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"Steve Miller brings a very well-rounded perspective to the position," said Tara Sheldon, president of the Harvest Ridge Board. "With his past work experience he is skilled in managing many people working towards a goal, but also self-motivated when it comes to completing the many tasks that this position will entail. We feel he will be a great asset in helping to plan events at Harvest Ridge."

Miller dove into his new job head first this week. He is in the process of developing a price sheet for rental of the facilities and fielding phone calls.

"I am here to promote the entire facility," Miller said. "I've already started making some calls to larger organizations to see if we can book them here, rent the facilities for their shows. I'd like to have a nice big car show. And once the grandstands get open, that will help a lot.

"A dream of mine would be to have a large tractor pull," he added. "I'd also like to have a Monster Truck show. Also, I'd like to see more concerts like the Little River Band. Once everything is up and operational, it will be a lot easier to recruit shows."

Steve and his wife, Andrea, have four children. They are from Lakeville. His family has been involved in 4H and he is excited to help shape the future at Harvest Ridge.

"Basically, I just wanted to help out the community more," Miller said. "I want to be more a part of the community and help everybody out and see this place be successful."

Miller can be reached at 330-600-4725 to help plan your events at Harvest Ridge.

Reporter Kevin Lynch can be reached at 330-674-5676 or klynch@the-daily-record.com.


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