|County agriculture hall of fame to be created|
|Written by BILL RYAN Sentinel Farm Editor|
|Tuesday, 28 May 2013 10:19|
Wood County will soon have its own agricultural hall of fame.
Tom Moser of AgCredit made the proposal at the May meeting of the Wood Country Agricultural Society. The Senior Fair Board, as it is better known, approved the idea and gave the go-ahead to create the new honor at Thursday's meeting.
As it is very early in the process, many of the details have to be ironed out, however, as Moser proposed it there will be a committee consisting of members from AgCredit, the fair board, the county commissioners, and possibly other entities to select those to be honored.
"This would be a great way to recognize people in agriculture," Moser said.
He stressed though there would be numerous people who deserve the honor, it was the plan that only one or two would be chosen each year. He said his company would provide individual plaques for those being honored, or for the family of any deceased honoree, as well as a master plaque which would be displayed at the fairgrounds, possibly in what is called the Champion Barn. Large pictures of those being honored could also be displayed around the fairgrounds on various barns or other buildings.
Board members suggested the presentation might be appropriate for the opening ceremonies at the Junior Fair parade which is held on the first night of the fair each year.
If all goes according to plan, the first inductees could be named prior to this year's county fair which begins July 29.
In other items of interest on Thursday:
• The meeting was opened with a moment of silence in remembrance of Darrell Hentges, a longtime board member who died May 10.
• Joe Schroeder, a representative of the board's insurance carrier, presented the annual review of the coverage.
• Approved the installation of a 12 x 32-foot building for the emergency medical services personnel.
• Approved changes to the south parking lot which will create a new exit along Haskins Road, install a crosswalk at Gate B, along Poe Road near Haskins Road for use by Wood County Sheriff's officers and their golf carts, and permanently close the driveway across from Gate C (the main gate) on Poe Road, to make it for pedestrians only.
• Learned the beef weigh-in went well, including praise for the members of Junior Fair Board in conducting and assisting with the weigh-in. Although total numbers was near the same as last year, the classes varied greatly with some entries rising and other classes dropping dramatically.
• Learned there are 35 queen candidates who filed for this year's contest and 23 king candidates, an increase of four queen and two king candidates over 2012. The interviews and dinner is set for July 14 at the Wood County Senior Center.
• Entertainment chairman Dave Nietz, announced his pleasure with the Free Tent entertainment which has been arranged. He also announced ticket sales for the Beach Boys concert are in excess of 1,300 to date, which is good this far in advance of the concert.
• Fair manager and board secretary Dick King announced the board and exhibitors will need to be aware of stricter guidelines for cleaning, hand washing, etc., to help control and minimize any chance of e.coli infections during the fair.
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