|Allen County Cattlemen receive fair award|
|Wednesday, December 04, 2013 9:00 PM|
ALLEN COUNTY — The Allen County Cattlemen’s Association was honored recently at the Allen County Fairs’ annual meeting as the “2013 Fair Supporter of the Year.”
The cattlemen have been longtime fair supporters providing help to build facilities, provide scholarships, sponsor shows and provide premium monies to a variety of beef classes and exhibitors. The association annually doubles the premiums on the fair’s carcass show held following the fair—a great tradition for exhibitors and the public. They have sponsored the rate of gain for Jr. Fair exhibitors for 30-plus years.
“The Allen County Cattlemen have been one of the greatest supporters of the fair. They have provided the resources to improve the facilities, programming and give the youth an added incentive to do well at the fair,” said General Manager David Grimm in making the announcement.
Cattlemen’s president Joe Sanders of Harrod said they were delighted to receive the award and thanked the fair board and members present.
The cattlemen’s association was began in 1938. It was started to provide management help in raising cattle and many years later became a vehicle for beef promotion. The cattlemen generate most of their money at the annual fair where they sell the ever popular rib eye and hamburger.
In other annual meeting news, Dwain Holt was elected to the board of directors through an at-large position. Other board members re-elected include Brad Hoy, Clyde Ditto, Dennis Scott, Gary Kramer, Robert Phillips and Joe Swaney.
The board recently elected officers for 2014. They include: President Dan Kimmet, Vice President Dwain Metzger, Treasurer Shelly Reiff and Secretary David Grimm.
The Allen County Agricultural Society is the manager of the annual Allen County Fair and fairgrounds. The Fair is the largest event that happens in west central Ohio each summer and attracts approximately 170,000 people in late August. The 2014 Fair will be held Aug. 15-23.
The Fair is one of many events held at the grounds, which provides an economic impact of $25 million each year to the economy of Allen County and nearby communities.