Custer County Ag Society Discusses One-Year Goals

Custer County Ag Society Discusses One-Year Goals
Custer County Ag Society discusses plans for the next several months during the February 13 meeting.

BROKEN BOW–The February meeting for the Custer County Ag Society has come and gone and the board discussed some of its one-year goals.

On February 13 the  board met for its regular meeting and heard from Extension Educator Troy Walz regarding the market beef weigh-in on February 1 which brought in 186 head of calves ranging from 304 to 998 pounds. Walz said the number of calves was up from last year.

A representative from the Farm Bureau attended the meeting and discussed with the board the possibility of naming rights to the show ring/Building 10 and what that would look like in terms of a contract and signage. No decisions were made.

The employee¬† contracts to increase the salaries of Administrator Michelle Nelson and Grounds Manager JJ Martin were again discussed on February 13 following last month’s meeting (click here to view the January 13 story). Board members and staff will be reviewing the employee handbook and get input from County Attorney Steve Bowers before approving.

No decisions were made but the board again addressed the Wednesday night entertainment options for this year’s county fair (scheduled for July 24-30). Board member Steve Horn suggested bringing in Luke Mills as a possibility for a concert with a family friendly atmosphere. In order for the schedule of events to be included in the fair book, Michelle Nelson said a decision needs to be made by March 15.

Gary Wright spoke before the board with a report that four scholarships were given out last year and that 389 kids attended last year’s teen dance during the 2019 county fair, sponsored by the past exalted rulers of the Elks Lodge. The board voted to have Wright and the Elks host another teen dance this year. Wright also congratulated the board on a successful winter ball.

“I just wanted to congratulate you guys on the winter ball. I hadn’t been there before but I thought that was a great thing. I had a couple other fair board members say to me ‘why didn’t we do that when we were on the board?’ I said that’s because we didn’t have Michelle doing it!” Wright said.

JJ Martin is in the process of getting quotes for gravel and mudrock as the board plans to maintain and improve the roads at the fairgrounds. Martin also proposed adding some new picnic tables and discussed issues with some people not paying for use of the stall barn.

Other items discussed by the Ag Society included a summer barrel series, the possibility of bringing a demo derby back to the fairgrounds in conjunction with the chamber (no decisions were made), camper spots, park restrooms, and the fairgrounds website.