Agricultural Society announces Farmers Market at 2019 fair

Jordan Gerard

New this year at the fair will be a farmers market, available for vendors to set up stalls.

Houston County Agricultural Society (also referred to as the fair baord) Secretary Emily Johnson said Nadine Weise contacted her, asking if the society would allow a farmers market.

In the past, people have said they’d like to see a farmers market at the Houston County Ftair, the problem is that the society is already stretched thin and doesn’t have the manpower during fair week.

A society member suggested the space around the fence near the carnival might be a good space to use for it. 

The society approved the farmers market. Vendors will be required to follow state guidelines for farmers market, must have liability insurance and fill out an ST19 for sales tax.

For those interested in having a vendor spot at the farmers market, contact the agricultural society.

New entertainment shelter

The society approved Colsch Construction to build a 60 ft. by 96 ft. building to house a stage for a new entertainment venue.

The society also received a state grant of $1,600 to apply toward that project. The total project cost is $33,500.

Schedule updates

Wednesday will be kept as Food Shelf Day, where visitors to the fair can drop off canned goods and other non-perishables to the fair office. Donations will be taken to the Houston County Food Shelf or others in Houston County.

Thursday will feature a “Salute to the Troops,” featuring local musician Ryan Howe. There will be no charge for the event, but donations will be accepted and go toward Freedom Honor Flight.

The National Memorial will also be on display at the fair this year, which is a photo display of 5,000 Americans who have died in the War on Terror since 9/11.

Friday is the Blackhawk concert. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 the day of the concert, which is Aug. 16. 

The fair board also approved purchasing an online ticket sales system called Saffire. They will pay $1,000 to have it set up and then it’s theirs to use as long as they need or want.

Upgrades are done quarterly and included in the price. They do have to pay a fee per ticket sold online. 

Tickets will also be sold at local stores too and should start soon.

Saturday will feature the demolition derby. There will be no spectators in the pit this year. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for kids 6-12 and ages 5 and under are free.

The board approved that schedule and rates. 

Other news

Society member Jessica Heberlein asked to purchase new U.S. flags for the grounds. With that, Vice President Patrick Molling asked to put a flagpole near the grandstand because the current one is not visible enough. The board approved the motion.

The board also approved the purchase of a tri-fold machine for brochures. Groundskeeper Craig Welsch said they cost about $200 on Amazon.

Next meeting

The next meeting of the Houston County Agricultural Society is June 16, at 6 p.m., at the fairgrounds.