Fair board to open Hall of Fame

By Patricia Ann Speelman - pspeelman@sidneydailynews.com

SIDNEY — The Shelby County Agricultural Society will establish a Shelby County Fair Hall of Fame.

The board discussed the idea during its April 18 meeting. The society’s executive committee will install the first five members. Thereafter, three people will be added to the hall each year. A polling station at the fair will allow area residents to nominate people.

In other business, the board:

• Voted not to use ecommerce to sell admission tickets to the fair.

• Shelved until planning for the 2019 fair an idea to issue lunch passes that would permit people to the fairgrounds for an hour, midday, for a reduced fee.

• Voted to raise to $1,500 the amount the board president can spend for repairs without calling a special meeting of the board. For an amount above $1,500, the executive committee and the budget committee must be polled before incurring the expense.

• Accepted a $700 donation by Aaron Heilers in memory of his mother, Barb Heilers, to be used to plant a tree on the fairgrounds.

• Voted not to change the level of liability coverage, which is $2 million per incident, until it can be budgeted next year.

• Moved to limit the use of a tractor in readying the horse arena to fair board members and fairgrounds supervisor Chris Roediger.

• Discussed sponsorships, which are down from last year; plans for fixing a drainage problem in the horse barn, which have been put on hold; “Moving Forward,” a program to ensure the public that rides are safe and inspected by qualified inspectors; a 10-foot high warped wall for the Ninja course; and a capital appropriations award of $100,000 from the state to be used for electrical upgrades.

• Heard reports by the Horses, Ticket Takers and Sellers, and Parking and Pit Passes committees.

• Authorized payment of April bills totalling$24,338.20.

Treasurer Eugene Schulze reported that at the end of March, the society had $3,200 in grant funds and $35,257.34 in general operating funds in the checking account and $55,423.70 in certificates of deposit.

By Patricia Ann Speelman


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