The Preble County Fairgrounds held the official dedication and ribbon cutting ceremony of the Preble County Agriculture Education Center on July 27, the opening day of the fair.
As the fair continues to evolve, the fair staff saw great potential in their commercial building to expand their outreach and educational services, but the building was in need of a little tender loving care. Generous donations totaling $15,000 from the Preble County Farm Bureau, Central Ohio Tractor Pullers Association, Preble County Ag Society, all six FFA Chapters in the county, and FFA Alumni made this two-month project possible. Around 60 FFA members added in the hard work and physical labor to renovate the building, which will now exhibit FFA member’s fair projects. The county’s FFA chapters also hope to use the building for educational activities during the Preble County Pork Festival.
Harold Neihaus, past teacher and advisor for the Preble Shawnee FFA chapter and current Director of Curriculum for the Miami Valley Career Technology Center, was very excited to see this project completed.
“This was a great opportunity for the Preble County FFA chapters and Alumni to collaborate with the Farm Bureau and make considerable improvements to the exterior and interior of an existing building on the fairgrounds,” Neihaus said. “Completing the renovation has helped to extend the life of this building as well as provide the local Farm Bureau and Agriculture Education programs a place to share their missions and accomplishments. I am most proud of the fact that almost 60 FFA students donated their time and efforts to the renovation project providing well over 400 hours of service.”