FAIR BOARD: Quality assurance dates scheduled; Richland Township rep resigns

Prince, princess contests slated

Logan County Fair Board members approved Wednesday during a regular meeting three quality assurance programs and accepted the resignation of a fellow board member.

Shelley Stephenson resigned for personal reasons. In a letter to the board, Ms. Stephenson said she couldn’t devote enough time and attention to her position on the fair board.

Her resignation leaves a vacancy for a Richland Township representative. There’s an open at-large seat and the Stokes Township position is also currently vacant.

Interested applicants should contact the fair board.

Regarding quality assurance, the fair board will stage three programs in the Grange Building on Saturday, March 29; April 12; and May 3; with registration for each program beginning at 9:15 a.m.

Quality assurance training is mandatory for owners of market and breeding animals that will be taken to the fair. It is a state requirement for county and state fairs and must be taken every year.

A QA “testing out” date will be offered to qualified junior fair participants Saturday, Feb. 15, with registration beginning at 9:30 a.m.

Participants 12 and older, not showing for the first time, may test out of a QA program. A passing grade means that participation in a QA program is not required for three years, or until the student advances into the next age bracket.

Board members discussed an offer from Shine FM to stage a Christian concert on Monday of fair week. Dictating terms of the proposal, board president Skip Jackson said the radio station has already tentatively scheduled the act for Monday, July 7, the date set for Shine FM’s daily sponsorship of the fair.

Unlike last year’s agreement, there would not be an additional admission cost to enter the concert. Any person who pays admission to get into the fair, will also be admitted into the concert.

In the event of bad weather, the concert would be moved to Bellefontaine High School, and the fair board would pay for the cost to rent the school. In that case, any patron without a fair admission ticket would be charged a gate price, and that money would go back to the fair board.

Multiple fair board members are to attend the upcoming fair manager’s convention, where the rest of the entertainment for fair week likely will be scheduled.

The board has allocated $50,000 for entertainment for fair week. That figure is the same as years past. Fair board members noted Wednesday that last year’s entertainment was scheduled at a cost of under $40,000.

It costs about $15,000 to stage a sanctioned tractor pull event Saturday night.

Reviving the pig and calf scrambles was also discussed. The fair board has been in contact with neighboring counties to learn about ideas for the event locally.

The fair is expanding its royalty contest this year. A prince and princess category will be added in addition to king and queen to boost participation, fair board members said.

Read the complete story in Thursday's Examiner.