|Diversity featured at June Fair Board meeting|
|Written by BILL RYAN Sentinel Farm Editor|
|Saturday, 29 June 2013 08:40|
During Thursday's Senior Fair Board meeting, the members addressed a wide range of topics such as political parties, picnic tables and parking lots. The board is in final preparation mode as this year's fair is now less than 30 days away.
Deanne Corken attended her first meeting as a member of the board. She was appointed to serve out this year as a replacement for her father, Darrell Hentges, who died May 10. Should she wish to continue service, she will need to run for the election to be held at this year's fair (July 29-Aug. 5).
Among the visitors to the meeting were Nathan Eberly and Dennis Rahe, representatives of the Wood County Libertarian Party. They were there as an advance team seeking the possible addition of a permanent structure to be built at the fairgrounds for their party. It would ideally be built near similar structures which are home to the Democrats and Republicans.
He outlined the approximate size and design of the anticipated building.
"We see a growing need for a permanent structure for our party," Eberly said. "We would be a good ambassador. We want to engage in productive discussions."
He said the party was aware there would be annual rent and they would bear all the expenses involved with erecting the structure.
At the recommendation of the Wood County Sheriff's office, Poe Road between Brim and Haskins Roads will be closed to vehicular traffic during select peak times of cars leaving the fairgrounds, such as following the concert or demolition derby.
This is for safety concerns to allow pedestrians to cross Poe Road safely as well as for the golf carts used by the Sheriff's office to transport people to the South parking lot.
Speaking of that lot, there has been activity in the lot as the fair board has acquired grindings from area road projects to better delineate drives and designated parking.
A new entrance and exit is being installed onto Haskins Road which will help improve traffic flow. With that new access point, the furthest access west to and from the parking lot along Poe Road will now be for pedestrians and golf carts only. This again, is a safety measure for those using Gate B to the fairgrounds.
Grounds chairman Steve Thomson reported the work in the area of the new grandstand is progressing very well. Stone has been laid underneath and picnic tables have been placed there to provide a nice shady area for fairgoers near many of the food vendors on the midway.
Thomson also reported eight of the 13 new trees which have been planted have been sponsored. The memorial plaques for those eight have arrived and will be installed by trees in the near future.
The board welcomes additional sponsors to step forward to buy a tree in honor or in memory of someone.
Entertainment chairman, Dave Nietz, advised the tickets for the Beach Boys concert are doing well with more than 1,600 sold. He said that sales are greater than the average for this time of year. Ticket sales will pick up as the concert gets closer. The Beach Boys will perform on Aug. 3.
The Junior Fair Board has slated work days each Saturday starting today and every Saturday prior to the start of the fair. They will be working on various projects around the fairgrounds.
The next meeting will be advanced one week to July 19 at 7:30 p.m. This allows the board some additional time to finalize matters before the state of the fair.
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