Campaign passes $2.1 million thanks to Hill’s Pet Nutrition


GREENVILLE — Construction has well begun on the new swine barn at the fairgrounds, from footers poured almost two weeks ago to an early morning steel delivery on Thursday.

“This is a big day, with them unloading steel,” said Brian Rismiller, Darke County Fair Manager. “They’ll probably spend most of the day unloading.”

H.A. Dorsten is the general contractor for the 28,000 square-foot project; their contract was approved by the fair board earlier this month.

The plan is to have the swine facility completed before the beginning of the 163rd Great Darke County Fair starting Aug. 16. However, the swine facility is not the only project in the works.

After a fire brought the original swine facility to the ground on Oct. 25, 2018, an opportunity presented itself in not only one new building but three new functional buildings.

The $2.5 million Great Darke County Fair Campaign will see over 60,000 square feet of new buildings, a number that includes a new goat facility at 21,600 square feet and a new dog barn at 15,000 square feet.

To date, the campaign has passed $2.1 million with a recent gift of $75,000 to be spread over five years from Hill’s Pet Nutrition.

According to a recent press release from Matt Hughes of Cincinnati-based nonprofit consulting firm Fair Funding LLC, the Great Darke County Fair campaign has received gifts from $50 to as much as $500,000.

Hughes shared the success of a fundraising kickoff dinner by the Friends of the Senior Fair Board. The event was held in the Youth Building at the fairgrounds with locally-prepared food and guest speakers back in April.

“The momentum really picked up after that event,” said Hughes of the fundraising campaign with $500,000 from Cargill for the new swine facility, $50,000 for a show arena in the swine barn by Second National Bank, and $25,000 from the Brown Family Foundation towards the show arena at the dog facility.

Many other groups, companies, and private citizens have donated towards the campaign.

All gifts for the campaign matter whether financial donations, sponsoring pens at the swine and goat barn, or even grain, corn, and beans. All are welcome and tax-friendly.
Swine facility completion date targeted before 163rd Great Darke County Fair

By Bethany J. Royer-DeLong

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