Swap meet to use fairgrounds


By Patricia Ann Speelman - [email protected]



SIDNEY — Buckeye Farm Antiques Inc., based in Wapakoneta, will stage its annual swap meet on the Shelby County Fairgrounds through 2019, following action by the Shelby County Agricultural Society (fair board) during its regular meeting, Nov. 16.

The fair board offered to extend a three-year contract to the farm antiques organization for the swap meet at an annual rental of $2,000. The offer was accepted Monday.

Buckeye Farm Antiques had already signed an agreement to present its annual antiques show at the fairgrounds for three years.

In other business this month, the fair board:

• Elected the following officers for the 2017 fair year: Mitch Brautigam, president; Tim Everett, vice president; Eugene Schulze, treasurer; Jerry Schaffner, secretary.

• Elected Mitch Brautigam to serve as the delegate and Tim Everett to serve as the alternate to the Ohio Fair Managers Association convention.

• Accepted a report from the Junior Fair Board stating that 2016 Junior Fair expenses were $23,697.67.

• Voted to purchase a new door for the speed barn at a cost of $215. Grounds supervisor Chris Roediger will install it.

• Voted to contract with Pullins Drainage Co. to fix drainage problems inside the horse arena and to pay for materials the county staff would use to fix drainage problems outside the horse arena.

• Approved payment of entry fees for Sara Maurer to participate in the Junior Fair Queen contest during the Ohio Fair Managers Association convention. Maurer was first runner-up in the Shelby County Fair Queen competition in July. Clare Spicer, who was crowned 2016 Shelby County Fair queen, is unavailable to attend the convention.

• Discussed plans for a new chicken and rabbit structure, night lights that will be fixed under warranty, improvements by area garden clubs to the Community Foundation Hall, horse rules for the 2017 fair, a possible mandate to use federal identification tags on all livestock projects, readying a bid package for a new grandstand and the contract for electricity.

• Tabled until December a discussion about a fees and compensation schedule for the 2017 fair.

By Patricia Ann Speelman

[email protected]

Reach the writer at 937-538-4824.

Reach the writer at 937-538-4824.

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