Fair board gets new prez

By Patricia Ann Speelman - pspeelman@aimmedianetwork.com

SIDNEY — The Shelby County Agricultural Society has a new president following elections which took place during the group’s Nov. 18 meeting.

Mitch Brautigam will wield the gavel at meetings of the fair board. Other officers elected or re-elected were Tim Everett, vice president; Eugene Schulze, treasurer; and Jerry Schaffner, secretary.

Director Patti Fogt resigned from the board, which subsequently moved to appoint Don Bodenmiller to fill that seat.

In other business, the board:

• Voted to schedule the demolition derby for 5 p.m. Saturday, instead of Sunday, release animals at 9 p.m., and close the fair at 10 p.m., Saturday night.

• Changed Industrial Day from Sunday to Saturday.

• Voted to change the admission policy so it is based on age instead of height, if the amusement ride company agrees. If it does, admission will be charged of everyone 5 and older.

• Voted to require that all performers taller than 36 inches who perform in infield shows purchase pit passes.

• Appointed Brautigam as delegate and Jake Yinger as alternate delegate to the annual meeting of county fairs in Columbus.

• Heard reports from the Junior Fair annual meeting that rabbits will continue to be shown in weight classes and that market animals can be entered in the fair as family animals. Individual presenters need not be named until the animals arrive at the fairgrounds.

• Tabled a discussion about whether to change the days during the Junior Fair for showing market lambs and market goats.

• Heard a report on the progress of an ongoing fact-finding assessment by Fair Funding Group about what the community thinks should be done on the fairgrounds.


By Patricia Ann Speelman