Ross Co AG Society

Board of Directors

Fair Board of Directors

Back Row:
Keith Chain, Shaun Boggs, Andy Hill, Lee Whitten, Bryan Bethel, Steve Clever, Dan Elliott, Chip Chrisman, Dave Clary, and Guy McCorkle.
Front Row:
Karlton Wheeler, Matt Clifton, Bill Pickerrell, Peggy Gray, Sandy Free, Mary Ludwick, Nan Clary, Jenny Nelson, Barry Dean Haubeil, and Brad Cosenza.
Not Pictured:
Paul Corcoran, Jeremy Gearhart, Barry Haubeil, and Gary Prater.

The following individuals represent their respective townships as members of the board of directors for the Ross County Agricultural Society, sponsor of the Ross County Fair. Click on any of the names to read their bio.

2022 Election Information

Brad Cosenza, President (Chillicothe)


2 daughters – Katelyn, Allison


Elected to the board in 2006 – 16th year on the board

WHAT COMMITTEES DO YOU SERVE ON?

I am exofficio of all committees but chose to serve on: Over Site / Rules / Budget / Screening / Contracts / Audit Committee, Ticket Distribution Committee, Multi Purpose / Commercial Buildings Committee, Advertising / Entertainment / Publicity / Website/Marketing Committee, Fair Office Committee and as a Department Head for the Small Animals/Poultry Barn.

WHAT IS YOUR HISTORY WITH THE FAIR?

Moving to Ohio in 1966 as a second grader and being raised in the city I really never had a good understanding of what the fair was all about. In fact, as I grew older in my high school years I thought the fair was only for country kids and really never liked going to the fair. As a young adult many of my friends would invite me to the fair but because of my thoughts as a youngster I always declined the invitation stating "the fair just wasn't for me." When my children were of age my oldest daughter Katelyn decided she wanted to join the We Feed'em Well 4-H club. We talked her sister into doing the same and the family became members. The girls began by taking many different types of project to the fair but seemed to like their animal projects the best. I felt that if the girls were going to be part of 4-H and the fair that it was only right that I volunteer my time to the fair as well. So I petitioned to be voted in as a board member, was elected in 2006 and have served proudly ever since. Today, me or the girls wouldn't miss the fair for anything, love the fact that it is all about family, and are proud to be part of the best fair in all of OHIO.

WHAT ARE YOUR INTERESTS AT THE FAIR?

For me, the fair is all about the kids and family. I love watching the pride and patience the young people demonstrate with their animal project and I look forward to Tuesday nights for the 4-H events. I enjoy the shows at the bandstand and working to find different acts to bring to the fair. I very much enjoy the camaraderie of the campground and the interactions and friendships developed during the fair.

Steven Clever, Vice President (Colerain)


Married to Annette
5 children – Steve, Matt, Amanda, Seth, Courtney
10 grandchildren


Elected to the fairboard in 2013 – 9th year on the board

WHAT IS YOUR HISTORY WITH THE FAIR?

I have been involved since 1968, 4-H advisor for 26 years.

WHAT ARE YOUR DUTIES/RESPONSIBILITIES ON THE FAIRBOARD?

Vice President of the Board, Beef Barn.

WHAT COMMITTEES DO YOU SERVE ON?

Contracts/Personnel, Grounds/Utilities, Security, Camping, Parking & Traffic, Outside Exhibits/Farm Antiques.

WHAT ARE YOUR INTERESTS AT THE FAIR?

Livestock projects, fair food, farm equipment display, animals, shows.

Mary Ludwick, Secretary


Married to Gene Ludwick
3 Children - Shay, Julie, Jeb
5 Grandchildren - Addison, Jayden, Jackson, Vincent, Nick

Mary was hired as the Secretary in February 2018.

WHAT IS YOUR HISTORY WITH THE FAIR?

I was a 10-year member of 4-H and my children were all in 4-H.

 

Nan Clary, Treasurer


Married to David Clary
2 Children - Elly and Bo

I was elected as Treasurer in January 2018.

WHAT IS YOUR HISTORY WITH THE FAIR?

I was a 12-year 4-H member, a 15-year 4-H advisor and a member of the 4-H Horse Committee. I am a long-time volunteer for the fair board.  I assist with the horse program and many grandstand events during the fair and with other non-fair events such as Bash for Cash, Ohio Jeep Fest and Western Heritage Days Rodeo.

WHAT ARE YOUR DUTIES/RESPONSIBILITIES ON THE FAIRBOARD?

I serve as the Treasurer of the Ross County Agricultural Society.  My duties include performing all financial transactions for the organization and making sure that all policies and procedures follow all laws set forth by the Ohio Department of Agriculture and the Auditor of the State of Ohio. I feel one of my greatest responsibilities is keeping the Ross County Fair Board Directors up to date on the current financial situation of the organization.

WHAT ARE YOUR INTERESTS AT THE FAIR?

My favorite activity at the fair is catching up with the many friends I have made over the years through 4-H.  I enjoy watching the youth show their animals and love to stroll the Jr. Fair building and see all of the projects.

Karlton Wheeler, Fairgrounds Manager


WHAT ARE YOUR DUTIES/RESPONSIBILITIES ON THE FAIRBOARD?

I maintain and schedule the rentals of the buildings and grounds. I can be contact at 740-253-6040.

 

 

 

 

 

Bryan G. Bethel (Twin)


Married to June Bethel
5 Children – Corey, Wil, Kandis, Tiffany, Larry
10 Grandchildren
Elected to the fairboard in 2012 – 10th year on the board

WHAT IS YOUR HISTORY WITH THE FAIR?

I was in 4-H for 10 years, a 4-H Advisor for 20 years, and 10 years on the fair board.

WHAT COMMITTEES DO YOU SERVE ON?

Oversite, Rules, Budget, Contracts, Personnel, Security, Grandstand, Fair Office, Golf Carts.

WHAT ARE YOUR DUTIES/RESPONSIBILITIES ON THE FAIRBOARD?

Swine barn, golf carts, helping with grandstand entertainment.

WHAT ARE YOUR INTERESTS AT THE FAIR?

Agriculture and livestock, supporting 4-H for the kids.

Shaun Boggs (Paxton)


Married to Alyssa, 3 children - Carson, Nicholas, Bryanna.
Elected to the board in August 2017 - 5th year on the board of directors.

WHAT COMMITTEES DO YOU SERVE ON?

Golf carts, Jeep Fest, Multipurpose building.

WHAT ARE YOUR DUTIES/RESPONSIBILITIES ON THE FAIRBOARD?

Multipurpose building, Fire/EMS.

WHAT ARE YOUR INTERESTS AT THE FAIR?

Rabbit show, Jr. Fair night, Entertainment and bonding with fair.


Keith Chain (Union)


Married to Carolyn
2 children - Emily and Sarah
Elected to the fairboard in 2015 – 7th year on the board

WHAT IS YOUR HISTORY WITH THE FAIR?

10 year 4-H member exhibiting cattle.

WHAT COMMITTEES DO YOU SERVE ON?

Beef, farm and antiques

WHAT ARE YOUR INTERESTS AT THE FAIR?

Junior Fair livestock shows and sales, and farm equipment displays

WHAT ARE YOUR DUTIES/RESPONSIBILITIES ON THE FAIRBOARD?

I want to support the Ross County Agricultural Society and represent Union township to the best of my ability.

Charles “Chip” Chrisman (Paint)


Marrie to Tina
3 children - Bailey, Layne, and Blake
2 grandchildren
Elected to the fairboard in 2017 – 5th year on the board

WHAT IS YOUR HISTORY WITH THE FAIR?

11-12 year member of 4-H, Commercial Exhibitor for 30+ years.

WHAT COMMITTEES DO YOU SERVE ON?

Outside Concessions, Ride & Game, Grounds, Jeep Fest, Golf Carts, Audit, Rabbits/Poultry

WHAT ARE YOUR DUTIES/RESPONSIBILITIES ON THE FAIRBOARD?

Concessionaire's Contact, Calf Scramble, Committe Representative

WHAT ARE YOUR INTERESTS AT THE FAIR?

4-H Programs, Midway Activity, Camping Enjoyment, Event Promotions

David Clary (Liberty)


Married to Nan Pickerrell Clary
2 children – Elly Jo and Bo Clary
1 grandchild – Sadie Mae
Elected to the fairboard in 2006 – 16th year on the board

WHAT IS YOUR HISTORY WITH THE FAIR?

Worked many events with Union Twp F.D., over 30 years camping, and working with horse shows.

WHAT COMMITTEES DO YOU SERVE ON?

Horse and Grandstand

WHAT ARE YOUR DUTIES/RESPONSIBILITIES ON THE FAIRBOARD?

Harness racing - 4-H horse barn, Grandstand entertainment, P.A. - sound system, Tickets.

WHAT ARE YOUR INTERESTS AT THE FAIR?

Bring in events to please people and still make profit to help make improvements.

Mathew Clifton (Deerfield)


Married to Tamra Clifton
3 children – Tasha, Amber, and Cassie
9 grandchildren
4-H Advisor for 4 years
Elected to the fairboard in 2021 – 1st year on the board

WHAT COMMITTEES DO YOU SERVE ON?

Commercial Building, Grandstand, Hog Barn

Paul Corcoran (Chillicothe)


2 children – Josh and Max
3 grandchildren – Les, Kendall, Ava
Elected to the board in 2001 – 21st year on the board

WHAT COMMITTEES DO YOU SERVE ON?

Ticket/gates/ticket distribution, Parking & Traffic, Rides & Games, Multipurpose & Commercial Buildings.

Dan Elliott (Chillicothe)


Married to Shannon
2 children – Macie and Todd


Elected to the fairboard in 2019 – 3rd year on the board

WHAT IS YOUR HISTORY WITH THE FAIR?

Been involved with the Fair and participated in the fair since 1971

WHAT COMMITTEES DO YOU SERVE ON?

Camping, Kiddie Tractor Pull, Goat Barn, Building and Grounds

WHAT ARE YOUR DUTIES/RESPONSIBILITIES ON THE FAIRBOARD?

To maintain building standards

WHAT ARE YOUR INTERESTS AT THE FAIR?

Livestock, camping, 4-H exhibitor for 10 years

Sandy Free (Buckskin)


Married to Chuck Free
4 Children - Valerie Free Jones, Ross Free, Lora Free Webb and Kristen Free White
11 Grandchildren - Morgan Jones Strange, Grace Jones, Stella Jones, CJ Jones, Charlie Free, Annie Free, Garrett Webb, Emmitt Webb, Hazel White, Claire White, and Eli White.
1 Great Grandchild - Sterling Strange
4-H advisor for 36 years


Elected to the board in November 2018 – 4th year on the board

WHAT ARE YOUR DUTIES/RESPONSIBILITIES ON THE FAIRBOARD?

Helping with new construction for a new commercial building in the near future. Getting sponsorships for all events and new signs on therace track. Helping with the other committees I serve on.

WHAT COMMITTEES DO YOU SERVE ON?

New Construction, Grandstand, Advertising, Sponsorships, Bandstand, Kiddie Tractor Pull, Home Arts, Schools.

WHAT IS YOUR HISTORY WITH THE FAIR?

My grandpa, Ed Fuller started the camping at the fair, he served on the board for 30 years.  My husband Chuck Free served on the board for 10 years.  My daughter Kristen Free White was 2007 Ross County Fair Queen and 2009 Ohio Fairs Queen.  All four of my children Valerie Free Jones, Ross Free, Lora Free Webb and Kristen Free White were 10-year members of 4-H.  They showed pigs and the girls were in the Buckskin Stitcher’s & Mixers 4-H Club.  They also served on the Jr. Fair Board and 4-H Committees.  I am an advisor for the Buckskin Stitchers & Mixers 4-H Club for 35 years.

WHAT ARE YOUR INTERESTS AT THE FAIR?

I thoroughly enjoy our amazing fair! I love helping 4-H members and watching them grow into awesome young adults! I also like helping on all the committees with the other fair board members.

Jeremy Gearhart (Green)


Married to Beth
2 children - Samantha Gearhart & Hunter Hempstead


Elected to the fairboard in 2015 – 7th year on the board

WHAT COMMITTEES DO YOU SERVE ON?

Grounds/Utilities, Portable Toilets/Trash, Camping, Outside Exhibits/Farm Antiques.

WHAT ARE YOUR DUTIES/RESPONSIBILITIES ON THE FAIRBOARD?

Trash & Porta Pots, Dairy

Peggy Gray (Harrison)


Married to Kevin Gray
2 Daughters – Emily and Megan


Elected to the fairboard in 2009 – 13th year on the board

WHAT IS YOUR HISTORY WITH THE FAIR?

I was in 4-H, my daughters were in 4-H, and my mother-in-law was on the fairboard.

WHAT COMMITTEES DO YOU SERVE ON?

I serve on the following committees – home arts building, fair catalog, ticket distribution, fair office, bandstand entertainment, goats and sheep.

WHAT ARE YOUR DUTIES/RESPONSIBILITIES ON THE FAIRBOARD?

I help set up and edit the fair catalog; coordinate the set up of the home arts building for the displays; work in the fair office the week of the fair; work with 4-H and the community to address concerns and improve the fair.

WHAT ARE YOUR INTERESTS AT THE FAIR?

Everything! -Watching the 4-H kids show their projects; seeing all the animals, booths, home art displays; the food; the rides; the community feeling of camping with friends; knowing the Ross County Fair is a place friends and family look forward to each year.

Barry Haubeil (At-large)


Married to Robin
2 children – Misty and Barry Dean
6 Grandchildren


Elected to the fairboard in 2001 – 21st year on the board

WHAT IS YOUR HISTORY WITH THE FAIR?

Lifetime camper, 4-H member

WHAT COMMITTEES DO YOU SERVE ON?

Grandstand, Building Maintenance, New Construction, Contracts/Personnel, Oversite/Rules/Budget

WHAT ARE YOUR DUTIES/RESPONSIBILITIES ON THE FAIRBOARD?

Mew construction, event prep at infield

Barry Dean Haubeil (Huntington)


Married to Genica, 2 children - Ryder and Aria.
Elected to the fairboard in 2016 – 6th year on the board

WHAT COMMITTEES DO YOU SERVE ON?

Ohio Jeep Fest, Ticket distribution, Audit Committee, Advertising/Entertainment publicity, website/social media, goat barn department head.

WHAT IS YOUR HISTORY WITH THE FAIR?

9 year member of 4-H

WHAT ARE YOUR INTERESTS AT THE FAIR?

Cattle show, grandstand entertainment, camping

John "Andy" Hill (Concord)


Married to Lisa A. (Moody) Hill
One son Austin.

WHEN WERE YOU ELECTED TO THE BOARD?

2014 – 8th year on the board

WHAT IS YOUR HISTORY WITH THE FAIR?

My father was Concord Township's director for 25 years.  I was a Jr. Fair participant for 12 years.

WHAT ARE YOUR INTERESTS AT THE FAIR?

Kids and the projects and making sure it all runs smoothly and according to plan.

Gerald "Guy" McCorkle (Franklin)


Married to Rebecca "Sue" McCorkle
4 children – Gary, Jeff, Brad, Pam
9 grandchildren


Served on the board from 2000-2015.
Was appointed to fill vacant township seat on the board in March 2017.

WHAT IS YOUR HISTORY WITH THE FAIR?

I attended the fair as a youth. As an adult, I volunteered labor, and received the award of "Outstanding Fair Supporter" in 2007.

WHAT COMMITTEES DO YOU SERVE ON?

I serve on the following committees – grounds/utilities, new construction, camping

WHAT ARE YOUR INTERESTS AT THE FAIR?

Making the fair the best and most exciting in Ohio and supporting both 4-H and Jr. Fair.

Jenny Nelson (At-large)


Married to Brian Nelson
3 children – Nicole, Morgan, and Robbie
1 grandchild – William


Elected to the board in 2010 – 12th year on the board

WHAT IS YOUR HISTORY WITH THE FAIR?

4-H member for 10 years, 4-H advisor for 30 years.

WHAT COMMITTEES DO YOU SERVE ON?

Grandstand/Entertainment, Camping, Fair Office

WHAT ARE YOUR DUTIES/RESPONSIBILITIES ON THE FAIRBOARD?

I am in charge of renting campsites for the fair, ordering and distributing ribbons for the open shows, working in the fair office, helping with grandstand events, and working with DUNF forms.

WHAT ARE YOUR INTERESTS AT THE FAIR?

Watching the kids show their animals and going to grandstand events.

Bill Pickerrell (Scioto)


Married to Brenda Pickerrell
3 Children – BJ, Joe, Andy
5 Grandchildren – Hannah, Jackson, Zane, Carleigh, Paisley


Elected to the board in 1999 – 23rd year on the board

WHAT ARE YOUR DUTIES/RESPONSIBILITIES ON THE FAIRBOARD?

Harness Racing, Open Horse Show, Horse Barn Supeintendent

Gary Prater (Jefferson)


Married to Elaine Prater for 42 years
Children – Craig and Trisha
Grandchildren – Zach, Cody, Parker, Kylie


Elected to the board in 1985 – 37th year on the board
OFMA Director for 6 years

WHAT IS YOUR HISTORY WITH THE FAIR?

I became involved with the fair as 4-H member and continued my involvement since them.

WHAT COMMITTEES DO YOU SERVE ON?

I serve on the following committees – entertainment, security and grandstand; I am also Past President of the fairboard.

WHAT ARE YOUR INTERESTS AT THE FAIR?

Providing a venue to showcase the talents of our youth and provide good wholesome family entertainment.

Lee Whitten (Springfield)


Married to Christy
2 children – Shannon and Lindsay
4 grandchildren – Lauren, Drew, Luke, Max


Elected to the fairboard in 1998 – 27th year on the board

WHAT IS YOUR HISTORY WITH THE FAIR?

10 year 4-H member starting in 1965, have always been involved with the fair and 4-H with parents, brother wife, daughters, nephews and now grandchildren.

WHAT COMMITTEES DO YOU SERVE ON?

I serve on the following committees – Building maintenance and construction, parking and traffic security, outside exhibits – farm and antiques, OSHA.

WHAT ARE YOUR DUTIES/RESPONSIBILITIES ON THE FAIRBOARD?

The largest responsibility is working with local Sheriff Dept. daily on traffic and parking issues, writing contracts for farm display vendors, helping with issues in livestock building, and helping other board members.

WHAT ARE YOUR INTERESTS AT THE FAIR?

Livestock shows, spending time with family, friends, 4-H

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Calendar of Events

2022 Schedule

May 20-22: No Limits Off-Road Production

May 27-29: Smash-It/Bash for Cash

June 3-4: NBHA Horse Show

June 4: Open Goat Show

June 4: Tire Collection

June 6: AG Society Meeting @ 6PM

June 9-12: ChillitownMX

June 18: 2Xtreme Monster Trucks Show

June 20-24: Pioneer Pony Day Camp

June 21: AG Society Meeting @ 6PM

July 1-3: Jeep Fest

July 5: AG Society Meeting @ 6PM

July 5-10: ChillitownMX

July 19: AG Society Meeting @ 6PM

August 1: AG Society Meeting @ 6PM

August 6-13: Ross County Fair

August 18-21: ChillitownMX

August 22: AG Society Meeting @ 6PM

August 26-28: Buckeye Outdoorsman Expo

September TBA: AG Society Meeting @ 6PM

September 23-25: 4-H Halloween Campout

October 1: Steer & Heifer Classic

October 3: AG Society Meeting @ 6PM

October 7-9: Chillicothe Trader Days

October 14-16: ChillitownMX

November 5: Miller Automotive Swap Days

November 7: AG Society Meeting @ 6PM

December 12: AG Society ANNUAL Meeting @ 6PM