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Local Residents Honored for Support of Fairs

REYNOLDSBURG, Ohio (Jan. 03, 2020) – 41 individuals were recently recognized at the 95th Ohio Fair Managers Association annual convention at the Greater Columbus Convention Center for outstanding service to their local fairs. Of this group, seven received the Director’s Award for Innovation and Excellence for their progressive ideas and actions to improve and strengthen their fairs. Ohio Department of Agriculture Director Dorothy Pelanda presented each winner with a certificate. Those chosen for the special honor (denoted by an asterisk below) received plaques.

The award recipients were:


Albany Independent Agricultural Society

Paul Joseph “PJ” Cotterill

Hardin County Fair

Gary & Patti Casteel

Allen County Fair

Bobcat of Lima

Harrison County Agricultural Society

Matilda “Tillie” Heavilin

Ashland County Fair

* Allen Lifer

Henry County Fair

* Jon Rettig

Ashtabula County Fair

* Deborah Platt

Jackson County Fair

* Sandy Leonard

Athens County Fair

Paula Carpenter

Mahoning County Fair

William B. Phillips

Attica Independent Fair

Michele Weaver

Marion County Fair

Clyde Sappington

Barlow Independent

Pat Amrine

Medina County Fair

Dorothy Hamlett +

Belmont County Fair

Mike Schrest

Monroe County Fair

John Baker

Clark County Fair

Ed Kranz

Montgomery County Fair

Calvin Helsinger

Clermont County Agricultural Society

Friends of the Fair

Muskingum County Fair

* Mary E. Miller

Columbiana County Fair

* Owen Unkefer

Preble County Fair

Henning Family

Crawford County Fair

John Spreng, Jr. +

Putnam County Agricultural Society

Darren E. Langhals +

The Great Darke County Fair

Mike & Linda Fourman

Richland County Fair

Niss Charities

Delaware County Fair

Dan Huffman

Richwood Independent Fair

Travis Bahan

Fayette County Fair

Tony Penwell

Seneca County Fair

Mary Kingseed

Franklin County Fair

Cornell Robertson

Stark County fair

Dean Pugh

Franklin County Fair

Jeff Decker

Summit County Fair

Roger Bourgeois

Gallia County Junior Fair

Paul Shoemaker

Warren County Fair

Joe Wilson

The Great Geauga Fair

Sam Plants

Wayne County Fair

Fred Cannon

Greene County Fair

* Chief Deputy Mike Brown


+ Denotes Posthumous Nomination


Ohio’s 94 county and independent fairs and the Ohio State Fair support the local economy and help educate the public about the importance of agriculture and the many necessities it provides, including food, clothing, shelter, fuel and energy. In addition to setting and approving the dates for the independent and county fairs, the department is responsible for helping to assure the safety of amusement rides, for monitoring livestock shows to help assure honest competition, and for coordinating animal health efforts with designated local veterinarians.