Fair Foundation auction nets $70,000

Completes $750,000 capital campaign

The dinner and auction hosted by the Greene County Fair Foundation Sept. 4 raised more than $70,000 to complete a five-year capital campaign for improvements to the county fairgrounds.

More than 100 persons attended the auction of ag products Sept. 4 at Clover Hall.

According to fair secretary Doug Hawn, more than 100 persons attended for a grilled dinner hosted by the Greene County Fair board and then bid on more than 80 item lots and several silent auction items.

The 2018 auction, the fifth such auction, together with generous donations from members of the community since the first auction in 2014, netted more than $750,000 for building projects.

New in time for the fair in July were a new barn for lead beef and an open-sided structure for pen cattle.

The most noticeable of other smaller projects was several yards of concrete sidewalks to connect the new cattle barns, and also new sheep and swine barns that were built in earlier years of the project. The new sidewalks make access easier for strollers and wheelchairs and are much appreciated during wet weather.

“The Greene County Fair Foundation and the Greene County Fair Association board wishes to express their sincere appreciation for all the support of the community and agri-businesses to get these projects completed,” Hawn said. “These buildings will enhance our facility for many years to come and provide a safe and enjoyable place for the county fair.”

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