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Local Residents Honored for Support of Fairs

Local Residents Honored for Support of Fairs

REYNOLDSBURG, Ohio (Jan. 9, 2019) - Fourty-four individuals and one group were recently recognized at the 94th Ohio Fair Managers Association convention at the Greater Columbus Convention Center for outstanding service to their local fairs. Of this group, eight 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 Interim Director Tim Derickson presented each winner with a certificate. Those chosen for the special honor (denoted by an asterisk below) received plaques. 

The award recipients were: 

Adams County: Mark Wickerham

Allen County: Max McCluer

Ashland County: Susan VanBuskirk Denbow*

Attica Independent: Bill Ruffing

Belmont County: Roger Perkins

Clark County: Dr. John Agle

Clermont County: Janice Schoellman

Columbiana County: Michael A. Conny

Coshocton County: Joe Wells

Crawford County: Travis Koschnick

Delaware County: Andrew Brenner

Fayette County: Dr. Robert Schwartz

Franklin County: Cornell Robertson

Franklin County: Ken Jewell*

Franklin County: Neil Distelhorst

Gallia County: Mike McCalla*

Geauga County: Artie Pritt

Greene County: Gary Zehring*

Hamilton County: Kristy Cook

Hardin County: Jim Bidwell

Harrison County: Nelson Birney

Henry County: Phil Parsons

Henry County: Marian Parsons

Huron County: Community Minded Fair Supporters Committee*

Lake County: Joe Slansky*

Marion County: Pat Baldinger

Medina County: Jeff Otterbacher

Miami County: John F. Rowley III

Monroe County: David Landefeld Sr. +

Morgan County: Carlos Dille

Perry County: Michelle Antonini

Preble County: Darrell Buckley

Putnam County: Eleanor Risser +

Richland County: Jason Snyder

Ross County: Dan Riddle

Seneca County: Robert Rainey

Shelby County: Dr. Lisa Alverto

Shelby County: Francis Gerald Schaffner

Shelby County: Patricia Schaffner

Stark County: Donna Huddleston

Summit County: Roger Bourgeois

Trumbull County: David Lynn

Warren County: Mel Hagemeyer

Wayne County: Vivian Wolf


+posthumous recognition



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 dates for the independent and county fairs, the department is responsible for helping 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. 

For more information on Ohio's fairs, including a listing of fair dates for the 2019 season, click here