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Fair board wraps up projects

October 14, 2010

At the monthly meeting of the 4-H Inc. board of directors, Bill Leeuw, board president, reported the track wall has been reworked by Superior Excavating, the dirt moved and smoothed by Wigent Excavating and the area has been seeded.

Matt Gibson of 4-H council spoke on behalf of the Beef Club, reporting the organizers of the Beef Show held last weekend at the fairgrounds, Tri State Polled Hereford Club, were very pleased with the facilities and the turnout.

Aaron McDevitt, 4-H Inc. board livestock director said, “I can’t tell you how much the people enjoy this fairgrounds.”

He added with the addition of a new sound system it could be termed an “elite fairgound.” Exhibitors attended from Missouri, Illinois, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania bringing 161 head, up from 141 in 2009 and around 40 in 2008 when they were located in DeKalb.

Gibson asked that the same deal be in place next year, where the cost for rental of the grounds and buildings be split between Tri State and the 4-H Beef Club, with the club’s fees being donated back to them. The board approved.

During the meeting the board also voted to suspend a demolition derby driver indefinitely. The driver, whose name 4-H Inc. declined to release, had gotten out of his car, crossed the track, run up the wall and kicked the fence gates in, while using profane gestures and language.
McDevitt was a witness to the incident as were his children and “hundreds of (other) kids (were) watching,” he said. “If you don’t play by the rules, you don’t need to be here.”

The board discussed the issue of sale of a small portion of land behind the house recently purchased by the Worden family at 700 West Lincolnway. The board voted to offer it for $5,000 as they “paid dearly for that land,” Leeuw said.

The board also:

• set the annual meeting for 6 p.m Nov. 18 at the 4-H Center. Chad Nix, treasurer, stated a complete treasurer’s report on the 4-H Fair will be given at the meeting, but said, “Profitability-wise, it looks about the same as last year.”

• discussed cost of a new 20 foot by 60 foot storage building, estimated at $93,000 against the cost of remodeling existing structures, estimated to be about $50,000.

• discussed locating fence acquired for free from Wawasee High School north of the pit area addition.

• renamed the “Purple Ribbon Holiday Fair and Cookie Bar” to “Holiday Celebration.” The event will still include the cookie bar and the tree and wreath auction, but will add a pork chop dinner. Set for 5:30 p.m. Nov. 20 at the 4-H Center, a one-inch-thick pork chop, two sides and a drink will cost $8 and tickets will be available at the extension office at the end of the month.

• discussed turning over the marketing of the 4-H animals to 4-H Inc. McDevitt stated the clubs are in favor of this, but will discuss it further with them.

• heard from Gibson that the 4-H Council will be making a lot of changes in rules this year.

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