The Logan County Agricultural Society (LCAS) board met in regular session Wednesday evening.
The highlight of the meeting was the Logan County Fair’s beer garden. Board President Rick Thomas explains:
The local business will run and staff the beer garden. It’s also planning to have locally famous, nightly entertainment. The Logan County Commissioners will need to approve this change, and that approval is expected to come next week. The local company will feature several beers on tap and will also provide beer to the grandstand during Friday & Saturday nights entertainment.
The board went on to approve Elle A. Designs out of West Liberty to take the lead on creating the annual fair guide. Previously, the guide was a project of a former board member, and that member no longer wished to complete the guide.
Community member Trina Kopus is working with the board on a new fundraiser idea. A community Barn sale is planned for June 24. The Logan County fairgrounds will provide space for community members who are interested in selling their items. There will be a small charge and booth space is set to be 10×12 and could be indoors or out. More information can be found as it becomes available at: https://www.locofair.org/
Logan County Commissioner Joe Antram addressed the board, expressing that the county would like to see them come up with some long-term goals and plans for the grounds. The LCAS is currently in its first year of a 3-year rental contract for the grounds from the commissioners, and this was a large concern for the board. Several members expressed that it was difficult to make plans with such a short-term contract. Currently, the contract states that the LCAS is responsible for building repairs/maintenance as well as grounds. Members stated that it was difficult to get sponsors on board with helping with new/updated buildings with such an unsure future for the grounds. There was a discussion several years ago about potentially moving the fairgrounds to a different location, as the current one was dated and small for the activities that were expanding. The Covid-19 pandemic put that idea on the back burner. Commissioner Antram assured the board that the contract was standard and that there were no plans to vacate the property and that the community would enjoy updates. The board agreed to set some goals in the near future.
Lastly, the board approved Harley Jackson to begin holding an annual auction at the fairgrounds on Good Friday, in hopes that this will also bring more off-season traffic to the grounds.
The LCAS is next set to meet at the Logan County Fairgrounds in the Grange Building on Wednesday, April 5 at 7:30 PM.