New fair board members

Recently appointed by the county commissioners to serve five-year terms on the Jefferson County Fair Authority were (l-r) returning members Janet Douthit of Punxsutawney and Doug Brosius of Big Run, and new member Stefany Alexander of Brookville.

By Patti Slaughter

BROOKVILLE — Tractor pull enthusiasts will have a new show to watch at this year’s Jefferson County Fair. The Keystone Mini V-8 Pullers will present the grandstand show on Monday evening, July 16.

Jim Walden of Waterford described the show to members of the Jefferson County Fair Authority at its monthly meeting last week.

“We usually have about 18 to 25 tractors in our club, and a good following that comes with us,” he said. “We shoot a lot of dirt up in the air and we make a lot of noise. That’s what the crowd likes, and that’s our goal, to put on a good show throwing dirt and making noise.”

Walden, who is president of the club, said, “We pull about 16 to 18 times a year. We are getting better every year.” He said the show lasts about two hours, with four classes of tractors in the show. “We start out with the open class, that’s the big boys, to get the crowd pumped up.”

More details will be announced as the contract is finalized.

The board also approved contracts for the monster truck show to be held in May, a truck pull in June and the truck and tractor pulls to be held on Tuesday and Wednesday nights of the fair.

Jim Grant reported that over 70 letters have been mailed out to potential sponsors for the 2018 fair, with several responses already received. He said the committee is looking for ideas for new entertainment for the community stage.

Fair authority president Wayne Jackson will also be talking to vendors at the state fair convention next week. Sadie Plyler, 2017 Jefferson County Fair Queen, will be competing for the state fair queen title during the convention banquet on Saturday, January 20.

In other action during the meeting:

— welcomed as a new member of the authority was Stefany Alexander of Brookville, who was appointed for a five-year term last month by the county commissioners. Re-appointed for five-year terms were Doug Brosius of Big Run and Janet Douthit of Punxsutawney.

— re-elected as officers for the coming year were Wayne Jackson, president; Dave Love, vice president; and Toni Facchine, treasurer. Jim Grant will continue to serve as secretary.

— the board approved a tentative contract with Nathan Sharp Productions for a band concert to be held Saturday, June 30 in the track area.

— members were reminded that Spring Fling tickets are now available. The $20 ticket will admit two adults to the Spring Fling on Saturday, May 5. Tickets are now available from any member of the fair board.

— routine committee reports were discussed. During the treasurer’s report it was noted that following the annual payment in December, the current indebtedness on the fairgrounds has been reduced to $196,089.19.

— the board was reminded that the next meeting of the finance committee will be held Wednesday, January 31 and the next regular meeting of the fair authority will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, February 7 in the Conservation Center.

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