Ag Society looks back, to the future


By Tom Barr - tbarr@wnewsj.com



With a plaque honoring the Ag Society for the success of the NTPA Regional National Truck and Tractor Pull held at the fair is board member John Fankhauser (with the plaque) along with board members, from left, Kevin Garen, Mike Hacker and Josh Nickell.


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Board President Scot Gerber speaks to the attendees.


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Ag Society members Greta Gray and Mike Hacker at the event.


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Guests share stories prior to the start of the event.


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Attendees including board members arrive at the event.


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Attendees listen to speakers’ presentations after dinner at the Fairgrounds Expo Center.


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WILMINGTON — The Clinton County Agricultural Society looked back on a successful 2017 with a look forward to the new year at its annual Christmas dinner Monday evening at the Fairgrounds Expo Center,

President Scot Gerber thanked the many board members and Ag Society members, volunteers and the Clinton County Commissioners as well as other county and local employees for their hard work to make the society and the fair a success in 2017.

Two new activities for 2017 at the Clinton County Fair were each success stories.

The KOI Dirt Track Racing had 157 participants sign up, ranging in age from 4 to 68. Ag Society board member Josh Nickell told everyone that, of the promoters’ 68 races on the books in 2017, the Clinton County Fair event was rated the sixth best.

The Ag Society was also honored for its NTPA Regional National Truck and Tractor Pull held at the fair. The society was even presented with a plaque from the NTPA honoring Clinton County event as the top one of 2017.

Among fairgrounds projects completed in 2017 were roofs of several buildings as well as the new Rosenberger Equine Center, for which Ohio House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger (R-Clarksville) was instrumental in securing the funding.

Overall parking facilities at the fairgrounds were also improved, including handicap-accessible parking, with more parking improvements eyed for 2018.

For 2018, the Ag Society plans to add 20-30 campsites.

Also, the fairgrounds will host the annual Jeep Jam in August; and there may be a fall campout held in October.

With a plaque honoring the Ag Society for the success of the NTPA Regional National Truck and Tractor Pull held at the fair is board member John Fankhauser (with the plaque) along with board members, from left, Kevin Garen, Mike Hacker and Josh Nickell.
http://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2017/12/web1_DSC_0421.jpgWith a plaque honoring the Ag Society for the success of the NTPA Regional National Truck and Tractor Pull held at the fair is board member John Fankhauser (with the plaque) along with board members, from left, Kevin Garen, Mike Hacker and Josh Nickell. Tom Barr | News Journal

Board President Scot Gerber speaks to the attendees.
http://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2017/12/web1_DSC_0423.jpgBoard President Scot Gerber speaks to the attendees. Tom Barr | News Journal

Ag Society members Greta Gray and Mike Hacker at the event.
http://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2017/12/web1_DSC_0407.jpgAg Society members Greta Gray and Mike Hacker at the event. Tom Barr | News Journal

Guests share stories prior to the start of the event.
http://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2017/12/web1_DSC_0408.jpgGuests share stories prior to the start of the event. Tom Barr | News Journal

Attendees including board members arrive at the event.
http://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2017/12/web1_DSC_0409.jpgAttendees including board members arrive at the event. Tom Barr | News Journal

Attendees listen to speakers’ presentations after dinner at the Fairgrounds Expo Center.
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By Tom Barr

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