Ross Co AG Society

Board of Directors

Fair Board of Directors

Front Row:
Brad Cosenza, Gary Prater, Jeremy Gearhart, Philip Hurtt, Peggy Gray, Jenny Nelson, Nan Clary, Bill Pickerrell, Cindy Uhrig, Karlton Wheeler
Back Row:
Paul Corcoran, Lee Whitten, Steven Clever, Keith Chain, Shaun Boggs, Bryan Bethel, Andy Hill, David Clary, Guy McCorkle, Chip Chrisman
Absent from photo:
Barry Haubeil, Barry Haubeil, Jr., Mary Ludwick

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.

2017 Election Information

Ross County Agricultural Society Constitution

Bryan Bethel, President (Twin)


Married to June Bethel
4 Children – Corey, Wil, Kandis, Tiffany
5 Grandchildren – Brayden, Briley, Wilow, Hunter, Haylee

Elected to the fairboard in 2012 – 6th year on the board

WHAT IS YOUR HISTORY WITH THE FAIR?

I was in 4-H for 10 years, a 4-H Advisor for 12 years, and a member of the Calf Scramble Committee for 12 years.

WHAT COMMITTEES DO YOU SERVE ON?

I serve on the grounds, building maintenance, rodeo, truck pull, and beef barn committees.

WHAT ARE YOUR DUTIES/RESPONSIBILITIES ON THE FAIRBOARD?

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

WHAT ARE YOUR INTERESTS AT THE FAIR?

I want to support 4-H and the Ross County Agricultural Society.

Steven Clever, Vice President (Colerain)


Married to Annette
3 children – Steve, Matt, Amanda, Seth, Courtney
5 grandchildren - Peyton, Kinley, Pacey, Reed, Serena


Elected to the fairboard in 2013 – 5th year on the board

WHAT IS YOUR HISTORY WITH THE FAIR?

I have been involved with the beef barn for the last 40 years, 4-H advisor for 20 years.

WHAT COMMITTEES DO YOU SERVE ON?

Beef committee, other committees pending.

WHAT ARE YOUR INTERESTS AT THE FAIR?

Livestock projects, fair food, farm equipment display.

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.

 

 

 

 

 

Shaun Boggs (Paxton)


Married to Alyssa, 3 children - Carson, Nicholas, Bryanna.
Elected to the board in August 2017 - 1st year on the board of directors.

WHAT COMMITTEES DO YOU SERVE ON?

Golf carts, Jeep Fest, Multipurpose & Commercial buildings.

WHAT ARE YOUR INTERESTS AT THE FAIR?

I enjoy watching animal shows and sales, socializing with all the great people involved with the fair and 4-H.  My children are 4-H members.


Keith Chain (Union)


Married to Carolyn
2 children - Emily and Sarah

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)


Fiance Tina Walters
2 children Bailey & Layne, 1 grandchild Paisley
Appointed to the board January 2017

WHAT IS YOUR HISTORY WITH THE FAIR?

4-H exhibitor for 10 years. Member of Calf Scramble Committee. Commercial Exhibitor for many years.

WHAT ARE YOUR DUTIES/RESPONSIBILITIES ON THE FAIRBOARD?

Multipurpose building, Audit committee, Sponsorship & fund raising committee, Rabbits/Poultry department

WHAT ARE YOUR INTERESTS AT THE FAIR?

Livestock, camping, 4-H activities

Dave Clary (Liberty)


Married to Nan Pickerrell Clary
2 children – Elly Jo and Bo Clary


Elected to the fairboard in 2006 – 12th year on the board

WHAT IS YOUR HISTORY WITH THE FAIR?

Helped with Union Twp. For 10 years, helped with horses since 1990 and camped at the fair since 1990

WHAT COMMITTEES DO YOU SERVE ON?

I serve on the following committees – Co-Department head of horses

WHAT ARE YOUR DUTIES/RESPONSIBILITIES ON THE FAIRBOARD?

Ticket auditing/gates, speed barns, horse racing, grandstand, advertising, entertainment, publicity, website, marketing

WHAT ARE YOUR INTERESTS AT THE FAIR?

Help the fair to grow and see the kids have a great experience

Paul Corcoran (Chillicothe)


Married to Ceil
2 children – Josh and Max
3 grandchildren – Les, Kendall, Ava


Elected to the board in 2001 – 17th year on the board

WHAT IS YOUR HISTORY WITH THE FAIR?

Exhibitor in 4-H for 10 with all of my family

WHAT COMMITTEES DO YOU SERVE ON?

I serve on the following committees – grounds/utilities, tickets/gates, ticket distribution, grandstand, rides and games, demo derby, kiddie tractor pull

WHAT ARE YOUR INTERESTS AT THE FAIR?

To assist with any and all aspects

Brad Cosenza (Chillicothe)


2 daughters – Katelyn, Allison


Elected to the board in 2006 – 12th 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.

Sandy Free (Buckskin)

Jeremy Gearhart (Green)


Married to Beth
2 children - Samantha Gearhart & Hunter Hempstead

WHAT IS YOUR HISTORY WITH THE FAIR?

Beef barn

WHAT COMMITTEES DO YOU SERVE ON?

Camping, golf carts, fair book

WHAT ARE YOUR INTERESTS AT THE FAIR?

Cattle and farm equipment

WHAT ARE YOUR DUTIES/RESPONSIBILITIES ON THE FAIRBOARD?

To help where I am needed.

Peggy Gray (Harrison)


Married to Kevin Gray
2 Daughters – Emily and Megan


Elected to the fairboard in 2009 – 9th 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


Elected to the fairboard in 2001 – 17th year on the board

WHAT IS YOUR HISTORY WITH THE FAIR?

Past 4-H members, long-time fair supporter

WHAT COMMITTEES DO YOU SERVE ON?

I serve on the following committees – Oversight, grounds, building and construction, truck pull, antiques, motocross.

WHAT ARE YOUR DUTIES/RESPONSIBILITIES ON THE FAIRBOARD?

Helps with whatever is needed.

Barry Dean Haubeil (Huntington)


Married to Genica, 2 children - Ryder and Aria.
Elected to the fairboard in 2016 – 2nd 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

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.

Philip Hurtt (Deerfield)


Married to Rolanda Hurtt
3 Children – Michelle, Scott and Samantha
4 Grandchildren – Nathaniel, Ethan, Eric and Mason


Elected to the board in 1994 – 24th year on the board

WHAT IS YOUR HISTORY WITH THE FAIR?

Was a 10 year 4-H member, a 4-H Advisor for 40 years, and have served on the fairboard for 17 years.

WHAT COMMITTEES DO YOU SERVE ON?

I serve on the following committees – Camping

WHAT ARE YOUR DUTIES/RESPONSIBILITIES ON THE FAIRBOARD?

Head of camping and the swine barn

WHAT ARE YOUR INTERESTS AT THE FAIR?

Swine barn, seeing different 4-H shows

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)


1 Daughter – Nicole


Elected to the board in 2010 – 8th year on the board

WHAT IS YOUR HISTORY WITH THE FAIR?

4-H member for 10 years, 4-H advisor for 20 years, sale committee member for 8 years.

WHAT COMMITTEES DO YOU SERVE ON?

I serve on the following committees – Speed barn/horse racing, advertising/entertainment/publicity/website/marketing, bandstand, rodeo, truck pull, motocross, demolition derby

WHAT ARE YOUR DUTIES/RESPONSIBILITIES ON THE FAIRBOARD?

helps order/distribute ribbons for the open classes, completes duties assigned on committees.

WHAT ARE YOUR INTERESTS AT THE FAIR?

Horse shows, Jr. Fair building exhibits, Jr. Fair night

William Pickerrell (Scioto)


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


Elected to the board in 1999 – 19th year on the board

WHAT IS YOUR HISTORY WITH THE FAIR?

4-H member as a youth.

WHAT COMMITTEES DO YOU SERVE ON?

I serve on the following committees – Horses, entertainment

WHAT ARE YOUR DUTIES/RESPONSIBILITIES ON THE FAIRBOARD?

Horse complex, harness racing, speed superintendent, entertainment

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 – 33rd 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.

Cindy Uhrig (Chillicothe)


Married to Alex
2 children - Katie (Bryan)Towne & Joe (Randi) Uhrig
3 grandchildren - Isaac, Cynthia, Amelia

Elected to the Board of Directors in 1998 - 20th year on the board

WHAT IS YOUR HISTORY WITH THE FAIR?

I was a member of the Auxiliary for 28 years and during that time volunteered in the Home Arts building as Superintendent of two different departments.  
I served as President of the Auxiliary for 4 years.
I have also served as the Secretary for the Ross County Agricultural Society for 12 years.

WHAT COMMITTEES DO YOU SERVE ON?

I serve on oversite, rules, budget, contracts, personnel, fair catalog, fair office, website, advertising, electronic sign, sponsorships and audit committees.

WHAT ARE YOUR DUTIES/RESPONSIBILITIES ON THE FAIRBOARD?

I help gather and update the information for the fair book and weekly schedule, work in the fair office, assist with set up of the electronic sign screens, assist with obtaining sponsorships for the fair and contact the schools to set up displays during the fair.

WHAT ARE YOUR INTERESTS AT THE FAIR?

I enjoy seeing all the 4-H and community projects entered into fair each year, working with the great volunteers and spending time with family and friends.

Lee Whitten (Springfield)


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


Elected to the fairboard in 1998 – 20th 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

2018 Schedule

December 10: RCAS Annual Meeting

 

2019 Schedule

February 17: 4-H Horse Committee Swap Days

March 9: Miller’s Automotive Swap Meet

April 5 & 6: Cattle Show

May 16-18: SOFR

May 24-26: Smash-it Bash-for-Cash

May 30 - Jun 1: Relay for Life

June 1: NBHA Show

July 5-7: Jeep Fest

August 3-10: Ross County Fair

Aug 28 – Sep 2: Easy Rider Rodeo

September 27-29: 4-H Halloween Campout

October 4 & 5: Cattle Show

November 2: Miller’s Automotive Swap Meet

December 9: RCAS Annual Meeting