People attending this year’s Ottawa County Fair in Oak Harbor will be able to keep their cool with a new 4-H Jr. Leadership Ice Cream Stand within the FirstEnergy Pavilion at the fairgrounds, enhancing the 4-H youth group’s biggest annual money-maker.
The Ottawa County Fair Board will also be marketing new naming rights for the FirstEnergy Pavilion, which was built five years ago, reports Ottawa County Fair board member Mike Libben. Companies now have the opportunity to have their name on the newest building on the grounds, which is situated at the entrance to the fair. It is home to entertainment throughout the week of the fair and available to rent throughout the summer.
The additional funding from the naming rights will go towards completing the 4-H Jr Leadership Ice Cream Stand. Interested parties should contact the OCAS at 419-898-1971.
The construction of an ice cream stand inside the First Energy Pavilion, instead of the elderly stand-alone trailer, will be done in time for the 2022 Ottawa County Fair on July 18-24, said Libben, thanks to a donation last Thursday, Nov. 11 of $10,000 in seed money from AgCredit of Fremont. Branch Manager Lauren Martikan and Loan Specialist Becky Keller made the check presentation.
“A goal in recent years has been to replace the 1980’s era booth that has been used for so many years by the 4-H program,” said Libben. “The plan was to do the work in 2021, but building costs sky rocketed. The Ottawa County Ag Society (OCAS) is committed to getting this project done for the 2022 fair, and the AgCredit donation is a big part of the funding.”
A non-formal educational, youth development program, 4-H is offered to individuals age 5 and in kindergarten to age 19. In Ohio, 4-H youth development reaches more than 240,000 youth each year – helping kids “learn by doing” through hands-on activities.
The AgCredit Mission Fund awards grants to organizations that are positively impacting the quality of life in rural Ohio. The grants are awarded on an application-based system within four focus areas: Educating young, beginning or future farmers; Maintaining or improving the quality of the rural environment; Supporting the advancement and utilization of technology for the benefit of farmers and rural cooperatives; and programs, projects or initiatives that enhance the quality of life for farmers and rural communities
“The AgCredit Mission Fund allows us an opportunity to invest in the future of agriculture and positively impact the quality of life in rural Ohio,” said Brian Ricker, AgCredit President and CEO.