Community supports junior fair efforts

MIAMI COUNTY — The Miami County Junior Fair Board took a challenge from their senior fair board adviser to raise funds to fund their junior fair trophies in full — and the community responded above and beyond their expectations.

Jane Jess, senior fair adviser for the junior fair board, said she challenged the youth to go out and raise the funds last December. As August neared, the youth exceeded their goal and raised more than enough funds to provide junior fair trophies for all categories this year. Jess said she was inspired by the state fair’s rabbit barn’s junior committee who self-funded their trophy projects. She then challenged the Miami County Junior Fair Board to do the same. The junior fair also raises money with business boosters along with the trophy sponsors and ribbons. The funds also pay for the judges for each junior fair show.

Miami County Junior Fair Board President Clint Shellenberger and Vice-President Michael Bair shared how they were both appreciative of the community’s support to fully fund their own fair expenses.

“We had a lot of supporters step up for us this year,” Shellenberger said. “We thought maybe we would get half the funds, but when did our final push and got them all sold, it was a great feeling.”

Bair said, “Our junior fair board worked hard, and we accomplished it together.”

Jess said this year’s junior fair board was “a great group of kids that took over and owned their fair this year.”

2020 Miami County Jr. Fairboard Trophy Sponsors: Alliance Engineering, LLC, Amber Weldy, B. Francis Farms, LLC, BecCa’s Bunnies, Bert Barnes, Galbreath Realtors, Bethel United Methodist Church, Bill and Stephanie Frazee, Bonnie Martin—, Butler Family, Carr Insurance,, Clinton Brown, Cody, Andrea and Lincoln Snider, Dave Eshelman, David and Shary Weldy, Edward Jones—Rusty Surber, Eshelman Boars, Farm Credit Mid America Crop Insurance, Front Runners 4-H Club, Gostomsky and Winner Family, GR Show Cattle, Greater Miami Valley Sharp-N-Lube, Haley and Cody Matheny, High Pointe Properties, In Memory of Dale Grove, In Memory of Ric and Suzy Wallace, J and J Rabbitry, Jacob’s Healthy Drinks, Janell Havenar, Realtor with Bruns Realty Group, Juice Plus—Carolyn Russ, Kadel and Ely Families, KAR Rabbitry, KMS Rabbitry, Kropp Farms, Miami County 4-H Horse Advisors, Miami County Animal Shelter, Miami County Cattlemen’s Association, Miami County Horse Association, Miami East FFA, Michelle Green, Ruoff Mortgage, Milton-Union Footprints, Minuteman Press – Steve Heitbrink, Moore Family Farms, Mumford Farms, Mumford Seed Service, Newton FFA, Newton FFA Alumni, Northridge Animal Clinic, Precision Agri Services, Inc., Rapid Referral Group, Robinhood Outdoor Services, Saunders Family Showpigs, Scott and Julie Paulus Family, Scott Pence Auctioneer, Shively Trucking LLC, Society’s Blazing Broncos, Star Painting Co., Cindy and Greg Harris, Steve and Nikki Palsgrove, Steve Bruner and Family, Sunnybrook Training Center, Sunset Farms—Brian and Adam Bensman, Swank Farms, T. H. Wallace Farms, T. Lavy Show Pigs, The Beaty Family, The Bergey Family, The Black Family—Don, Debbie, Megan, Shelby and Nate, The Carpenter Family, The Gilliland Family—In Memory of Larry, The Kendig Family, The Lichtenberg Family, The McMaken Family, The Quinton Family, Thompson Show Cattle, Union Township Trustees, Wheelock Farms, Winnie Morgan Nemeth, Wise Acres Farm—Janice , Wise Choice Farms and Woods Systems, LLC.