The Carroll County Agricultural Society (fair board) is seeking applications from Harrison Twp. residents to fill a vacant seat on the board.
During the Dec. 15 meeting, members accepted the resignation of Harrison Twp. representative Dave Seck, effective that date.
Any Harrison Twp. resident interested in filling the seat should call the fair board office at 330-627-2300 and leave a message or attend the board’s Jan. 19 meeting. The meeting begins at 7 p.m. in the secretary’s office under the grandstand.
Harold Barber, an honorary member and registrar, swore the following members into office: Keith Saunier, Brown Twp.; Zac Campbell, Washington Twp.; and Mark Edie, Perry Twp. All members won election at the October 2015 election. Members Wayne Ferguson, Lee Twp.; Ray Rummell, Orange Twp.; and Vanessa Shepherd, Loudon Twp.; were sworn in during a special meeting held Nov. 25.
Members discussed and granted approval for several requests.
Convention and Visitors Bureau Director Amy Rutledge presented information on the county visitors guide, noting the fair board advertised in previous guides. Members agreed to spend $600 for an ad.
Elizabeth Neider presented information on the 2016 Dairy Daffodil Sale, noting the event will be held March 26, which is a change in the day of the week from previous years. Members approved the request to conduct the sale.
Pete McIntire spoke on behalf of the horse and pony pulls held during the fair. He suggested moving the pulls to Saturday and offering a larger purse. Also, he has secured the use of the Buckeye Horse Pullers sled and three judges at a reduced cost of $50. Pullers who participated in a horse or pony pull within four days of the Carroll County Fair pull will not be required to re-weigh their teams. Members scheduled the pulls July 22, increased the purse to $2,650 and will pay $50 for the sled and judges.
In other business the board:
-MET in executive session with Any Guerriero and Kieran Manzi of Variety Attractions to discuss an entertainment contract for Country Energy Fest. No action was taken.
-GRANTED approval for the Carroll County Veterans Memorial Committee to use the fairgrounds July 2 and 3 for Independence Day activities using the same contract as last year. The annual fireworks display will be July 3.
-APPROVED use of the fairgrounds June 25 and 26 for the Carroll County Relay for Life at the recommendation of Wes Frew, Jr. Fair secretary.
-LEARNED the Carroll County Antique Club was discussing the possibility of hosting the annual show earlier in the year during 2016. No definite information was presented.
-HEARD from Gary Palmer, superintendent of speed, and Margaret Mesler, treasurer, about a harness racing meeting they attended Nov. 12. They said to expect an increase in the number of entries this year and discussed having an all-day harness racing session with an early afternoon session. No decision was made.
-WAS advised advertisers in the 2015 fair book were not billed because the invoices were lost. Some of the ads were paid and others were not. A discussion was held on how to make up and print the 2016 fairbook. Members are to bring ideas to the next meeting.
-LEARNED entertainment for the 2016 fair will be booked at the Ohio Fair Managers Convention Jan. 7-10 in Columbus. Members agreed to pay the 2016 membership fee.
-LEARNED Ron Eick is in the process of replacing old light bulbs with LED bulbs on the exterior of buildings at the fairgrounds in hopes of reducing energy costs.