(Posted July 28, 2022)
By Kristy Zurbrick, Madison Editor
The Madison County Agricultural Society board of directors election took place on July 16, the last day of the Madison County Fair.
Six seats were up for election. Five candidates ran, leaving one seat vacant for now. The current board members will address filling the vacant seat.
The five who ran will take the oath of office at the board’s September meeting. They are returning board member Jason Baker of London and newcomers William Koenig of South Solon, Paul Melampy of Mount Sterling, Ryan Kimbler of London, and Tia Sexton of London.
James Cress, Judy Gallimore, Les Geyman and Amy Nichols, whose terms expire this year, did not run for re-election.
A total of 31 votes were cast in the election. To vote, a person must be at least 18 years old, a Madison County resident, and an Ag Society member. On election day, they must show their driver’s license and their membership ticket.
To run for election, a person must be a Madison County resident and member of the Ag Society. The two ways to become a member are: purchase a week pass to the fair (membership comes with it) or buy a membership ticket to the fair. Candidates must gather signatures from other Ag Society members and return their completed petitions to the fair office.
Other members currently serving on the 15-member board are Paul Gross, Joe Henry, Quinton Keeran, Tina Seaburn, and Kelly Sifrit, whose terms expire in 2023, and Brock Ballah, Brandon Estep, Kyle Seaburn and Bryan Stonerock, whose terms expire in 2024.
The Agricultural Society (also known as the senior fair board) is responsible for operating the fair, managing other events that take place on the fairgrounds, and maintaining the grounds. The board meets at 7 p.m. the first Wednesday of each month in the Coughlin Community Center on the fairgrounds in London.
For information about the senior fair board, call the fair office at (740) 852-1654 or visit https://madisoncountyfairoh.com.