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By Gaylen R. Blosser For The Daily Advocate

Fairgoers weighed in on the new cattle barn this year at the fair.
Fairgoers weighed in on the new cattle barn this year at the fair.
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GREENVILLE – The Darke County Fair Board pulled off the seemingly impossible task of providing a state of the art facility for the youth of our community after a December fire destroyed the two-large cattle barns at the North end of the fairgrounds.

“I think it is tremendous because when the barns burnt in December the conversation for the next few months was, we are going to have to have a tent, there is no way we can get through all the things that have to happen through all the regulations and bid cycle to be able to get a building for the fair,” said Ohio Ag Net’s Dale Minyo.

“Two weeks ago this board was not very sure that that facility was going to be able to be used,” said Darke County Fair Board Director Jerry Marker. “It was going to be used, but it was not going to be complete. Hats off to the contractors involved because the last two-weeks they have really done a good job to make this thing happen.”

Along with the fire went 60-years of memories for many FFA and 4-H beef and dairy kids that kept their cattle in the destroyed facilities.

“Unfortunately the nostalgia went with the fire,” said Ted Finnarn local attorney and longtime member of the 4-H livestock committee. “You have to move forward.”

“I like the new building,” said 16-year old Nicole Sherry of Greenville. “We have a lot of memories in the old building but it’s a good change.”

With change comes opportunity for opinions both positive and negative but with the new cattle building the opinions could not have been more favorable.

“I come each year [to show cattle],” said Emily Langenkamp of Rossburg Ohio. “I love the new building. It’s not as dusty as the last one and there is a lot more room in this one.”

“It definitely is a lot cleaner and a lot nicer for us,” said Grant Flory from Grenville. “I like the new one a lot better.”

“I’ve been showing cattle at the fair every-since I was four and I am 16 now,” said Greenville resident Nicole Sherry. “It’s brighter, it’s more open, cleaner, better ventilation, and the floors are good. We go to a lot of different shows and this is probably the nicest facility that I have shown in in a long time. The dairy facilities are excellent.”

“A beautiful structure serving multiple needs with a concrete frame all the way around,” said Ag Net’s Dale Minyo. “It’s high enough for lots of air movement and the the dairy and beef guys and gals have a facility right next to the show ring.”

“Extremely positive [comments], said Fair Board Director Jim Zumbrink. “It has been real good. I haven’t heard any complaints. Just 12-weeks ago today there was just nothing there.”

“That is a state of the art milking parlor,” added Zumbrink. “All the milking equipment is right up to today’s standards.”

“I think the fair board made excellent choice on the two-buildings that were destroyed by fire,” Finnarn said. “They are going to be very functional and versatile to use for the fair during the whole year.

I went to a couple other county fairs to see what they had done on improved buildings and the fair board is right on target.”

“The floors are better than most barns we show in and we show all over,” said Bill Sherry, father of Nicole Sherry. “They are as good if not better that other locations. Anybody that doesn’t like this building needs to go home.”

“It’s a wonderful building,” said Darke County resident and longtime fair goer Jerry Bunch. “It’s one of the nicest improvements they have ever made.”

The new cattle building is an excellent testimony to the determination, cooperation and quality of Darke County folks in making the near impossible possible.

“To get it done between December and the following August is tremendous in and of its self,” said Minyo. “Obviously the community got behind it and said this is not committee work this is just stuff we need to get done and they got it done.”

“It took good cooperation from everybody,” said fair board director David Niley. “Everybody had to work together … they all worked together and have done a beautiful job.”

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