CUSTER COUNTY–Three seats on the Custer County Ag Society were up for election during the 2021 Annual meeting and all three were reelected for another term ending November 2024.
The Ag Society held its annual meeting on Thursday, November 11 and nominations to reelect Charmayne Popp, Marla Stallbaumer, and Shane Ryan were accepted and the motion carried with 24 voting yes and 0 voting no.
A review of last year’s annual meeting minutes were approved and Treasurer Ira Spanel gave the financial report citing $208,615.65 in the general fund, according to the meeting minutes.
President Kent Nelson gave an overview of the past year which included some of the following:
January: The 2021 Winter Ball raised $21,000.
February: The board voted to provide employees with AFLAC Employer Contribution Supplemental Insurance and the state audit was started.
March: Talon Electric was awarded the bid for the camper pedestal project and the board went with AKRS for a new skid steer purchase.
April: The board discussed hosting the lineman rodeo.
May: ELKS put electricity in the picnic shelter, road work, Terry Connely memorial bench.
June: Renewed insurance with Insurance of the Heartland. Voted to have beer garden during an evening event of fair.
July: Discussed beer garden. Tom Eberle memorial bench placed.
August: County fair. Voted to have the 2022 county fair July 29-August 4.
September: Mid States Rodeo. Voted to have concert on July 30, 2022.
October: Set date for Winter Ball which is January 29, 2022.
According to the meeting minutes, President Nelson thanked the board for their dedication, the employees for their hard work, and the donors, volunteers, and event producers who utilize the Custer County Fairgrounds.
Grounds Manager JJ Marting said he and his crew built a new crows nest, equipment has been serviced, and discussed some upcoming projects. He expressed the need for more gravel next spring and discussed the poor condition of water lines.
Administrator Michelle Nelson said last year’s Winter Ball funds helped upgrade the RV pedestals and add more. Events held in the spring and summer included cow shows, team ropings, barrel racings, cuttings, reinings, miniature horse show, and lineman rodeo. New tables and carts were purchased, memorial benches placed, additional camper pedestals were put in, and the fair concert was a success.
The next regular meeting for the Custer County Ag Society will be held on December 9 at 7 p.m.