Annual fair auction is next Tuesday

Plans are being finalized for the Greene County Fair Association’s fourth annual ag auction. The event will be held Tuesday, Sept. 5, at Clover Hall on the fairgrounds in Jefferson. A social time begins at 5 pm. The meal will be served at 6 followed by the auction at 7 pm.

A large number of agriculture-based products have been obtained and will be sold to the highest bidder. There will be seed, fertilizer, herbicide, chemicals and other services on the sale roster.

Tickets are available from fair board members, by calling 712-652-3685 or email: secretary [at] greenecountyiowafair [dot] com.

The 2016 event was a record-setter thanks to the generous donation of $100,000 from the Rueter family in appreciation of 65 years of support of the family business. With the live auction netting $104,149, the total was an amazing $204,149.

Proceeds from this year’s event are earmarked for a new cattle barn with construction completed in time for the 2018 fair. In designing the new barn, consideration has been given to its “curb appeal,” as it is visible from Clover Hall and other high traffic areas of the fairgrounds. Other potential uses during the 51 weeks the fair is not in progress have also been considered.

The old beef barn on the west side of the grounds was razed following this year’s fair.

The place where cattle barns stood for generations at the Greene County Fairgrounds is now bare, waiting for construction to begin on a new barn. Proceeds from the annual dinner and ag auction Sept. 5 will go toward the new barn.

An additional structure is also in the planning stages as there is a need for additional space for the pen cattle following the demolition of that building located on the east side of the grounds.

“The Fair Foundation and the Fair Association are very appreciative of the support of so many individuals and businesses,” said Doug Hawn, secretary of the fair board. “We’re looking forward to the cattle barn construction and future improvements to our fairgrounds.”

Donations to the Fair Association and Fair Foundation are tax deductible.  ~courtesy of The Scranton Journal

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