BROKEN BOW – The Custer County Ag Society held two meetings on the same night on Thursday; the first was a regular meeting, and the second the annual board meeting. Both unfolded at the Shooting Sports Building on the Custer County Fairgrounds. All members were present.
In its regular meeting, the board approved the minutes from its October meeting and approved its monthly bills.
Troy Walz delivered the Extension Office report; he emphasized the roughly 40 attending of the upcoming 4H Appreciation Program scheduled for Sunday, November 20, as well as the online voting process for 4H Council elections, which will be open until Friday at noon.
Administrator comments were delivered by Michelle Nelson. Nelson reminded those present of this year’s winter ball, for which administration was still evaluating meal bids, and a potential grant through Nebraska Tourism that would help cover up to $25,000 of promotion and advertising for the Ag Society’s events.
The board tossed around an idea regarding boarding horses on the fairgrounds, though nothing was officially recognized or proposed.
The regular meeting adjourned at 7:17 p.m.
At 7:30, the Ag Society called to order its annual board meeting. It approved the minutes from last year’s meeting and heard the financial report for the year ending October.
Both the president’s and administrator’s annual reports were delivered, and both recognized the tireless work of the board through the fairgrounds’ busiest season in the face of a shorthanded grounds crew. President Kent Nelson also pointed to two volunteers in particular.
“I want to take the time to acknowledge a couple that went above and beyond: Dwain and Deb Bryner were out here for two weeks straight helping us prepare the grounds for the fair. They did everything from working on drainage for Trotter Arena to pulling weeds around the grandstands. You guys spent what seemed like every waking minute out here helping us, and that is greatly appreciated.”
Administrator Michelle Nelson also highlighted the diversity of states that had come through the grounds over the past year; in addition to counties within Nebraska, residents from over 10 states made temporary homes at the Custer County Fairgrounds over the past year.
Three members were up for election: Casey Cooksley, Rodney Lamb, and Steve Horn, all of whom were re-elected to their positions. Two others were nominated: McKenzie Beals and Amy Tharp.
The meeting adjourned at 8:05 p.m.