SIDNEY — You won’t want to miss the Natural Resources Area at the Shelby County Fair. It will be even bigger and better than ever in the Community Foundation Hall (former Grange Hall), July 26 to Aug. 1. The building will be open daily from 10 a.m. until 9 p.m., with a special opening time of 8 a.m. on Tuesday, July 28, in celebration of Senior Citizen Day at the fair.
Free! Fun with Nature Crafts will be offered for children every day during the fair at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. by members of SEEC (Shelby Environmental Education Coalition). Some of the crafts being offered include: buckeye necklaces, decorated sun visors, coloring cups, pinecone items and several surprises yet to be announced. Plan to join the FREE fun!
The North Central Ohio Solid Waste District will have a drawing for a brightly colored Adirondack chair made from recycled plastics. The Shelby County Master Gardeners will have many free fact sheets available and will be offering a handmade tractor and wagon planter as a door prize. The Shelby Soil and Water Conservation District will have a video depicting numerous accomplishments in conservation from around the county. They will also have a wide selection of printed materials to aid children and adults with their conservation journey.
“Libraries Build Strong Communities”— stop by the Shelby County Libraries’ booth in the natural resources area and get the latest information on the Amos Memorial Public Library’s upgrade and expansion plans. You may pick up a free tote bag and the library is also giving away a limited number of 16-inch beach balls each hour. Plus, you can sign up your child under five for the Dolly Parton Imagination Library and they will receive a free book each month until they turn five. (For those in Shelby County)
When planning your trip to the Shelby County Fair be sure to allow plenty of time to visit the exhibits in the Community Foundation Hall Grange Hall. The members of SEEC (Shelby Environmental Education Coalition) invite you to enjoy not only the exhibits but also to stop by for a cold drink of water and a place to eat, rest or visit with friends inside the building. There will also be beautiful landscaping to enjoy, courtesy of the Jason Weigandt Landscape Company.
Members of SEEC participating in the fair include Shelby Soil and Water Conservation District, North Central Ohio Solid Waste District, Shelby County Farm Bureau, City of Sidney, Water Treatment Plant, Wastewater Treatment Plant and Parks and Recreation, Friends of the Shelby County Park District, Shelby County Master Gardeners, Lake Loramie State Park, Shelby County Libraries and Pheasants Forever, Inc.
Other partners that make the Community Foundation Hall one of the most popular places to visit on the fairgrounds include; the Rainbow Gardeners’ wonderful flower show with the exciting theme of “Color My World”, along with the culinary, canned goods, grain, seeds, hay, fruits and vegetable entries. It all makes for a very full and interesting place to visit.
The partners of SEEC, along with the Shelby County Fair Board and the Rainbow Gardeners’ Club invite you and your family to join us in the natural resources area at the Community Foundation Grange Hall during the Shelby County Fair. Conservation will be a BIG part of the great 2015 Shelby County Fair. Please feel free to call Lynda Adams, education coordinator for the Shelby Soil & Water Conservation District at (937) 492-6520, ext. 117 if you have questions about activities going on in the natural resources area at the Shelby County Fair.
The writer is the education coordinator for the Shelby Soil & Water Conservation District.