New building dedicated in time for Fair
A dedication ceremony for the new multi-purpose livestock building at the Crawford County Fairgrounds was held on July 8. From 1–4 p.m., the public was invited to check out the new facility and watch the ceremony while enjoying some homemade treats.
A Building Committee of nine individuals worked to plan and coordinate the construction project. One of the members was Mike Hoffman, who welcomed the crowd of more than 100 people and acted as emcee for the ceremony. Other members of the Committee were: Mike Hall, Travis Koschnick, Roger Miller, Ron Ollis, Mark Quinn, Jeff Scheifer, Doug Weisenauer and Kristy Widman.
Hoffman explained that when the fair board began raising money for the project two years ago at the 2010 County Fair, $83,000 was raised during the week. More donations followed, including some of the kids giving a portion of their earnings during the fair.
Roger Miller, co-chair of the Building Committee, said that the cost of the project totaled $450,000; $408,000 was donated as of June 30 with another $13,000 pledged to come in. To make up the difference, signage is currently being sold to be hung on the interior walls of the building. For $250 per year, local businesses or individuals may advertise there.
Also, Hoffman credited the Timken Foundation and the Bucyrus Area Community Foundation (BACF) as particularly significant donors. Janet Pry from BACF was there to speak for her organization, which partnered with the Committee and handled the funds for the project. “Out of all the partnering opportunities we’ve had,” Pry said, “this one had the most individual donors we’ve ever seen—about 800.”
Pastor Timothy Compton blessed the building and County Commissioner Doug Weisenauer, who also served on the Committee, read the Proclamation that officially added the multi-purpose livestock building to the Fairgrounds. Several other speakers addressed the crowd, including 2010 and 2011 Fair King Nick Kalb, 2011 Fair Queen Kaitlyn Lutz, six current 4-H Club members; and Dave Williamson, executive director of the Crawford County Economic Development Partnership.
But the Sunday afternoon ceremony was not all talk. Crawford Antique Farm Machinery provided homemade ice cream at the event. Members of local 4-H Clubs served it, along with cookies and other desserts made by the clubs.
The 2012 Crawford County Fair begins on Sunday, July 15 at 8 a.m. and runs until July 21. Among the various activities and shows offered throughout the week, a free concert (performed by the band Savannah Jack) will be offered at the grandstand on July 17 to honor the donors of the new building. It begins at 8 p.m.