Shelby County Fair Board discusses money allocations, fair dates and funding

The fair’s newest board member, Ryan Yingst, is officially sworn in at the Shelby County Fair’s board meeting on Sept. 21.

Charlotte Calwell | Sydney Daily News

SIDNEY — The Shelby County Fair Board passed several motions regarding money allocations, dates and a request for funding for next year’s fair at a regular meeting Sept. 21.

The council decided to donate $1,000 to Sidney Fire and Emergency Services for their help with the fair, as staff were on hand every day of the fair for different events. They donated $600 to the ministry the previous year to attend the fair for two days.

The red fairground gates will be power-washed and painted with the help of students from four schools: Fairlawn, Fort Loramie, Botkins and Anna. The council has agreed to pay $255 for the painting of this project.

A motion passed allocating $22,860.87 to pay the bills. The council also agreed to purchase 20 Spring Creek blocks at $50 each to expand the demolition derby pit and parking blocks for $6 each and up to $200 in rebar to stake the blocks at the need.

The board passed a funding request to get money from the Ohio Fairs Fund — which is referenced in Ohio Revised Code (ORC) 3769.082 — to pay for errands and operating expenses. This must be done every year.

The official dates for the fair in 2023 will be July 23-29, as approved at the meeting.

Shelby County Maintenance Supervisor Chris Roediger said he was getting quotes for a half-dead, leaning tree over a house, not on fairground property. Ryan Yingst was also officially sworn in at the start of the meeting.

The next meeting of the show’s board of directors will take place on Wednesday, October 19 at 7 p.m. at the secretariat.

The fair’s newest board member, Ryan Yingst, is officially sworn in at the Shelby County Fair’s board meeting on Sept. 21.

Contact the writer at 937-538-4824.

James V. Hayes