By Janie Southard
With five meetings remaining before the 2005 Mercer County Fair, fair board members continue to work on logistics and lining up various entertainment as well as keeping an eye on members' meeting attendance.
Ten of the 18 board members were present at Tuesday's meeting, which was more absenteeism than at the February meeting where 11 of the 18 were in attendance.
Board members on Tuesday looked over an attendance chart showing who has missed the most meetings.
Three members missed more than half the 12 meetings during the last fiscal year. Diana Grile (representing Gibson Township) and Scott Niekamp (Granville Township) both missed seven meetings, and Adam Weitzel (elected at large) missed eight.
Of the four meetings since December, Gina Lee (Dublin Township), Barb Pierce (Blackcreek Township) and Grile have missed three. Although there were spirited comments at February's meeting regarding the importance of attending the meetings and fulfilling responsibilities, board member Short Wilker ended a very brief discussion Tuesday saying the problem is "something we need to pay attention to."
A number of other matters were attended to including motions passed to allow the Mercer County Cattlemen's Association to put in two overhead doors in one of the cattle barns for a $1,500 total.
Another motion was passed setting up the pony show for Aug. 9 beginning at noon. Each exhibitor will pay $3 per pony grounds fee as well as $3 per pony class fee.
Coldwater Tri Star students will build two ticket booths for the fair for a total of $2,600.
President Bob Geist informed the board he presented Ralph Beckstedt the award for Outstanding Fair Supporter for 2004 at the recent Mercer County Harness Horsemen banquet.