(Posted Dec. 23, 2015)
By Kristy Zurbrick, Madison Editor
Plumwood area resident Dave Gallimore recently resigned from the Madison County Agricultural Society board (a.k.a. Senior Fair Board), citing health reasons. He served as a board director for the past 22 years.
“I consider fair board as a team effort, and I was no longer able to keep up my part of the team,” Gallimore said. “It was time to give it up and let a healthy person take over.”
The board appointed Les Geyman of London to fill Gallimore’s seat. They didn’t let Gallimore go completely, though, naming him as an honorary board member.
“We still appreciate all of Dave’s vast knowledge,” said Darrell Champer, board president. “He knows the history—the things that worked and didn’t work. And he knows the grounds inside and out.
“The honorary board seat is a non-voting position, but it lets him still be active without needing to do all of the physical work.”
Gallimore first became a senior fair board member when his children were involved in 4-H. He stayed with the board even after their 4-H years because of his interest in “the fair, livestock and the kids.”
“I wanted to maintain it for the youth of the county,” he said.
During his tenure, Gallimore held various offices, including board president and vice president. He also managed the campsites at the fair, sending out applications before fair week, tending to the waiting list, and preparing and maintaining the campsites.