REYNOLDSBURG – Forty-five individuals or organizations were recently recognized at the 92nd Ohio Fair Managers Association annual convention at the Greater Columbus Convention Center for outstanding service to their local fairs.
Of this group, eight received the Director’s Award for Innovation and Excellence for their progressive ideas and actions to improve and strengthen their fairs, a news release states.
Ohio Department of Agriculture Director David T. Daniels presented each winner with a certificate. Those chosen for the special honor received plaques.
Patrick D. Paykoff was recognized as Delaware County’s supporter of the year. Paykoff has been instrumental in helping the fairgrounds with numerous projects including most recently the water line project.
“Pat is always there when we need something done at the fairgrounds, whether it’s plowing snow or identifying where we have water leaks and getting them fixed’, said Sandy Kuhn, general manager.
Paykoff currently serves as the president of the Delaware County Agricultural Society board of directors.
Ohio’s 94 county and independent fairs and the Ohio State Fair support the local economy and help educate the public about the importance of agriculture and the many necessities it provides, including food, clothing, shelter, fuel and energy. In addition to setting and approving the dates for the independent and county fairs, the department is responsible for helping to assure the safety of amusement rides, for monitoring livestock shows to help assure honest competition, and for coordinating animal health efforts with designated local veterinarians.
For information on Ohio’s fairs, including a listing of fair dates for the 2017 season, visit www.agri.ohio.gov.