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BROKEN BOW—Following a successful county fair, the Custer County Ag Society met on August 12 to review this year’s events and plan for next year. Board member Steve Horn made a motion that the 2022 Custer County Fair be held July 29 through August 4, 2022. The motion was seconded by Casey Cooksley and passed unanimously.

Click here to view the 2021 Custer County Fair Results

In an interview with KCNI/KBBN, Secretary Marla Stallbaumer said she believes the fair went smoothly from her perspective as a parent and as a board member.

“I think county fair went really smooth this year. I haven’t heard of any major hiccups or anything like that so I think it went really well,” Stallbaumer said. “You know, we did very well! The kids worked all summer for it and they did great,” Stallbaumer continued regarding her own family’s fair experience.

Extension Educator Troy Walz told the board he felt it was an excellent fair this year. He presented the board with the sale summary which totaled $313,829.27. President Kent Nelson and Walz discussed the auction closeout procedure and will discuss details before next year.

“We had great community support you know from all week through the auction. There was a great turnout at the auction and that’s greatly appreciated as a parent and also as an Ag Society board member,” Stallbaumer said.

Casey Cooksley discussed what breed calves are entered and shown in and suggested someone should stand at the scale as opposed to just going off the entry forms. According to the meeting minutes submitted by Stallbaumer, it was deferred to the Livestock Committee.

Cory Palmer attended the meeting and thanked the board members for all of the time they put in the week before, during, and after the fair as well as Fairgrounds Administrator Michelle Nelson, Grounds Manager JJ Martin, and the crew. He also thanked Dalby & Cook for hauling dirt into the tie outs prior to fair.

President Nelson read a letter from Becky Pearson dated 7/16/21 in which she resigned from the fair board. Pearson’s letter of resignation was accepted and President Nelson appointed Charmayne Popp to fill the final three months of Pearson’s position.

President Nelson then entertained a motion for a new VP as Pearson previously held that position. Horn moved to nominate Blair Hartman, the motion was seconded by Rodney Lamb, and approved.

The Ag Society budget needs to be finalized at the September 9 public hearing meeting for the next fiscal year.

The Mid-States Rodeo Finals will be held at the Custer County Fairgrounds September 17-19

Also during the Thursday, August 12 Ag Society meeting:
• Minutes from the July 8, 2021 meeting were reviewed and approved
• The financial report was presented and approved, as well as approval to pay the bills
• No 4-H Council meeting for August
• No report from Grounds Manager JJ Martin
• Camping spots and fees were discussed
• Blair Hartman will take the lead on getting an employee handbook put in place before the next salary reviews
• Michelle Nelson is going to meet with Chris Meyer to discuss what is recyclable or reusable out of Buildings 1, 7, 8, 11, 12, and 13
• Hartman was approached by JD Keefe about possibly offering 4-H kids discounts to evening entertainment during fair