Fair Board holds annual meeting, elects new president

Jordan Gerard

The Houston County Agricultural Society had a change of leadership after its annual and regular meetings on Sunday, Nov. 17.

Pat Molling was elected as the president for the society while former president Eldon Pohlman was elected to the vice president position. 

Also changing leadership was the treasurer position, which now belongs to Tonya Tewes. Secretary Emily Johnson was again elected secretary and also a new position – fair manager.

Those duties include coordinating events on the fairgrounds, overseeing contracts of scheduled events and other responsibilities.

Members were re-elected and newly-elected to the board including incumbents Mike Meyer, Pat Molling, Kendra Van Gundy, Jessica Heberlein, Jon Kulas, Mike Zezulka, Rikki Witt (new) and John Troendle.

Troendle was elected as an associate board member, which means he has a term of one year and cannot vote as an associate.

Overall, the board agreed the past year for the fair went well. Molling said the fair had a good year with the beer tent, while member Lonnie Tweeten commented, “The veterans memorial was a huge asset” and thanked Johnson for bringing that in. 

In other business during the annual meeting, the board approved changes to the bylaws, which include adding the fair manager position, clarifying the secretary and treasurer position cannot be held by the same person, and relatives to the first degree cannot hold officer positions at the same time. 

Wages for officers only changed with the secretary and fair manager position, which were $1,500 and $2,500, respectively. Other positions stayed at $1,000 for the president, $500 for the vice president and $2,500 for the treasurer.

Rental rates for buildings on the fairgrounds were approved at $9 per square foot. 

Regular meeting

Treasurer Deb Houdek reported the haunted house event at the fair in October brought in a net income of $5,673.45. About 1,160 people attended the event, with Friday, Oct. 25, being the most popular night where 321 people attended.

“A lot of people liked it,” Houdek said. “It’s a good fundraiser. A lot of work but I think the community liked it.”

Johnson announced the tear down of the hog and sheep barn had begun. Bids were also received to erect a shell to get the building started. 

Other news

The board was excited by several grant opportunities that could bring improvements to the fairgrounds.

Several topics were discussed at length about grandstand events, potential headliners for concerts, new radios for better communication during the fair and fixing the open class registration form on the website, but no formal action was taken.

Next meeting

The next meeting of the Houston County Agricultural Society will be held Dec. 15, at 5 p.m. at Good Times Restaurant in the basement.