Fair considers Ninja contest

By Patricia Ann Speelman - pspeelman@aimmedianetwork.com

SIDNEY — A Ninja warrior competition may be part of the 2017 Shelby County Fair.

Members of the Shelby County Agricultural Society (fair board) reported during their regular meeting, Jan. 18, that they are investigating the possibility including such a contest instead of presenting the entertainment options that have been on the south end of the grounds in the past.

The fair board also voted to make Sunday and Wednesday the wristband days in 2017. Fair-goers can purchase admission wristbands at a discount for use on those days.

Members of the Junior Fair Board reported that, because the number of beef cattle weighed in for this year’s fair is low, feeder calves will be accepted for exhibit as long as space is available. There were seven beef heifers, 11 dairy steers and 31 fat steers weighed earlier this month. The Junior Fair Board representatives also noted that no muzzles can be used on sheep or goats this year and that because a sufficient number of turkeys was exhibited in 2014 and 2016, this year’s grand and reserve champion turkeys can be sold at the fair. The junior board has planned a county rummage sale for June 24 to raise funds toward its $22,000 expense budget for the 2017 fair.

In other business, the board:

• Approved a change in the organization’s bylaws to permit four instead of three society directors to come from any given township. The bylaws had required that residents from any given township sitting on the board be limited to two who represented the township and one elected at-large. The change permits two at-large representatives to be residents of the same township. The board also voted to change of the representative seats from McLean Township to an at-large seat, which is now open. Candidates to fill it may live in any Shelby County township. The board will consider candidates during its February meeting.

• Voted to allow the Abundant Life Church to enter into an agreement with the Hardin United Methodist Church to operate the latter’s food booth duirng the 2017 fair.

• Approved a Christmas bonus of $300 for Chris Roediger, fairgrounds supervisor.

• Accepted the resignation of director Don Bodenmiller.

• Approved a 2017 expense budget of $483,464.50 and an income budget of $492,015.19.

• Approved the purchase of an alternator and belt for the fairground’s pickup truck at a cost of $153.

• Learned that the Junior Fair Improvement Committee will have quotes for a new rabbit and chicken complex by the first week of February and has scheduled its reverse raffle fundraiser for Sept. 16.

• Learned that two grant applications had been submitted which, if funds are awarded, would support racing purses.

By Patricia Ann Speelman