The individuals from across the state were recognized for their outstanding support of local fairs during ceremonies at the 86th Ohio Fair Managers Association Annual Convention at the Greater Columbus Convention Center. Ohio Department of Agriculture Director Robert Boggs presented each recipient with a certificate.
The award recipients were:
District 1 – L.C. “Butch” Krauss, Fulton County
District 2 – Dave Jury, Wyandot County
District 3 – James A. Bell (posthumous), Greene County
District 4 – Jim Kirk, Fayette County
District 5 – Herbert J. Berry, Wayne County
District 6 – Joel D. Spires, Fairfield County
District 7 – James C. Rex, Morgan County
District 8 – Albert Young, Coshocton County
District 9 – James Bailey, Portage County
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. In addition to setting and approving the dates for the independent and county fairs, the department is responsible for helping to assure the safety of fair amusement rides, for monitoring livestock shows to help assure honest competition, and for coordinating animal health efforts with designated local veterinarians.
For more information on Ohio’s fairs, including a listing of fair dates for the 2011 season, visit www.agri.ohio.gov.