Custer County Ag Society Elects Officers for 2020

Custer County Ag Society Elects Officers for 2020
(L-R) Kent Nelson, Ira Spanel, Casey Cooksley, Deena Hardee, Shawn Lehmkuhler

BROKEN BOW–New officers have been elected for the year 2020 to serve on the Custer County Ag Society. Travis Schauda, Sonya Atkins and Ron Chytka concluded their terms as of the November 14 annual meeting and Casey Cooksley, Steve Horn and Deena Hardee were all elected as new members with terms running through November 2022.

During the regular meeting on December 12 at the Shooting Sports Building, board members voted for new officers with Kent Nelson to serve as president, Shawn Lehmkuhler as vice president, Marla Stallbaumer to serve as secretary, and Ira Spanel to serve as treasurer this next year.

(L-R) Marla Stallbaumer, Shane Ryan, Steve Horn, Kent Nelson

Events coordinator Michelle Nelson gave an update regarding the January 25 Winter Ball. Tickets are available for $40 each of $360 per table. Auction items are still being accepted. Contact 308-870-2493 with any questions regarding the annual event.

During the annual meeting last month, Nelson said six new events were brought to the fairgrounds in 2019 and they will all be back in 2020.

Also on December 12, Trow Walz reported that beef weigh-in will take place on February 1 at the Broken Bow Animal Hospital. The 2020 Custer County Fair is scheduled for July 24-30.

Regarding the silent railroad crossing project (click here for the September 19 story), President Kent Nelson said he has been in conversations with Nebraska Department of Transportation engineer Gary Thayer out of North Platte, but no further decisions have been made at this time.

The Custer County Ag Society will host a workshop to map out one, three, and five year plans for the fairgrounds on January 5 at 3 p.m. at the Shooting Sports Building.

Below is President Kent Nelson’s report given during the November annual meeting:

President’s Report
President Nelson gave a monthly overview of the CCAS highlights:
-November: Thanked Cory Palmer for his years on the board and welcomed Shane Ryan.
-December: Voted to approve Cowboy Mounted shooting at fair.
-January: Discussed 1-3-5 year plans.
-March: Began replacing barns 3 & 4 and silent crossing study.
-April: Clean up of March flood. Voted to rent Trotter Arena to Josh Call to host BFO during fair.
-May: Reynolds resigned. Spanel was appointed to fill Reynold’s spot and Stallbaumer appointed Secretary.
Rotary presented a check to us to purchase a second flag. Events Coordinator Michelle Nelson received
$32,500 in grants to go towards the park restroom project.
-June: Received an additional $10,000 in grant money for the restroom.
-July: Fair
-August: Set the dates of July 24-30, 2020 for next year’s fair. Geared up for Mid-States which will be held at
our facility through 2023.
-September: Met with Mark Meisinger with Felsburg, Holt & Ullevig law firm. Decided to hold off on silent crossing project as it could cost $40-50,000 of a $320,000 project.

President Nelson concluded by thanking the board, staff and volunteers for all that they do to help the Custer County Fairgrounds. He also thanked the event producers for choosing our facilities.