The committee was one of 44 individuals and one group who were recently recognized at the 94th Ohio Fair Managers Association annual convention at the Greater Columbus Convention Center for its outstanding service to their local fairs.
It was one of just eight that also received the Director’s Award for Innovation and Excellence of their progressive ideas and actions to improve and strengthen their fairs. Ohio Department of Agriculture Interim Director Tim Derickson presented each winner with a certificate. Those chosen for the special honor received plaques.
“It’s a real honor,” fair manager Pay Coy said. “It’s an honor anytime Huron County is recognized, but this was special.”
Committee member Joan Deeble said the group makes money to complete the needed repairs each year, “to help out the fair board.”
She said the committee started out as a group of 4-H advisers wanting to make a difference about 20 years ago.
“We were all 4-H advisers, helping kids and we’ve been helping kids all along ever since,” Deeble said.
Fair board president Bob Morgan said it was a welcome answer to the board’s growing needs at the time.
“It was (formed) back when we tried to move the fair dates or charge the kids more and they wouldn’t have it,” Morgan said.
“I said if you guys could come out this strong for this, why not come out this strong to help us. Well, they did. That pie auction we have every year a the fair, they organize that and they send out letters asking for donations. They’ve raised quite a bit of the money over the past years and every dime goes right back in to the fair grounds.”
The committee’s help doesn’t stop at monetary donations. Morgan said they’ve done building repairs and “anything else that’s needed,” including putting the roof on the commercial building and concreting the floors.
Morgan said the Community Minded Fair Supporters Committee’s presence has been felt since it was established.
“We appreciate everybody and anybody that helps us,” he said. “They’ve done a tremendous job over the past 10, 15, 20 years. They do a good job raising money for the fair. We appreciate all the help we can get.”
Ohio’s 94 county and independent fairs and the Ohio State Fair support the local economy and help educate the public about the importance of agriculture and the many necessities it provides, including food, clothing, shelter, fuel and energy.
For more information on Ohio’s fairs, including a listing of fair dates for the 2019 season, visit www.agri.ohio.gov.