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Fair board approves spending on fencing, will search for new general manager

The arm wrestling competition, cancelled last year for liability issues, is back on for the 2014 fair.

Posted on May 14, 2014 at 10:05 p.m.

GOSHEN — The Elkhart County 4-H Fair Board met Wednesday, May 14, at the fairgrounds to discuss building expenditures and announcements about 4-H clubs and facilities. Here are the most important points from the meeting:

  • The board approved spending up to $38,000 on fencing for tram roads on the fairgrounds. Fair Board President Tim Yoder said the money was available in the budget, but expenditures over $15,000 need board approval.
  • The board has formed a search committee for a new general manager. Although the search is expected to take six to eight weeks, Sara Granberg, the search committee chair, said they aren't committed to a timeline. "The most important thing is finding the right person," she said.
  • Daryl Fradenburg, long range planning committee chair said plans to build a bridge from C.R. 34 to C.R. 36 over the newer section of the fairgrounds will move forward immediately after this year’s fair. 
  • Mary Dale, co-director of the Junior Fair Queen Pageant, announced 34 contestants have entered. The pageant will accept up to 50 entrants.
  • Secretary Kelly Ropp read a letter of thanks to the fair board from Victory Hill Church in Carroll, Ohio. The board made a memorial donation to the church in honor of Jeff Pugh, who attended Victory Hill. Pugh was a previous carnival contractor for the fair.
  • The arm wrestling competition, cancelled last year for liability issues, is back on for the 2014 fair.




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