Meadville Tribune

February 14, 2014

Titusville man nominated to fill vacant county fair board post

By Jane Smith
Meadville Tribune

MEADVILLE — A Titusville man has been nominated by the Crawford County Fair Board to be appointed to the board to succeed retiring Ivan Rose.

The fair board voted at Thursday’s meeting to nominate William Good to the position. The nomination was unanimous among the seven board members in attendance with the exception of C. Sherman Allen, who abstained as he also is a county commissioner and will have to vote on the appointment.

The fair board presents its nomination to the three-member board of commissioners for appointment. Commissioners may act on the nomination at next Thursday’s meeting. Absent at Thursday’s meeting were fair board members Walter (Boots) Dunn and Rose.

Good is a retired math teacher from Titusville High School where he also was a basketball coach. He also has been active with the 4-H program at the county fair and is a past director of the Dayton Fair in Armstrong County. Board member Ron Kerr said Good will have a “lot of good input from his experience at the Dayton Fair that can useful at the Crawford County Fair.”

The vote came following an approximately 15-minute executive session called to allow fair board members to review the candidates who were interviewed by the nominating committee. Others who applied for the position included former fair board secretary Charlene Vlasnik; Greg Rose, son of Ivan Rose; Jerry Donovan; and Doug Gilbert. The nominee must come from the eastern section of Crawford County according to the bylaws, which requires three members from the central, western and eastern segments of the county.

Animals can be taken out on Saturday

In other action, the board voted to keep the time that animals may be taken out of the fair at the same time as in the past — 8 p.m. on the final Saturday. However, nobody can take entries from the home economics, art and photography and other displays in the Home Show Buildings until 1 p.m. on Sunday and must be removed by 2:30 p.m.

The board voted to hire extra security guards to be at the buildings on Saturday evening and Sunday morning to make certain that nobody attempts to take items early or give department heads or other volunteers any hassles about taking the exhibits early.

The issue has been an ongoing one for some time. Concern was voiced at last month’s meeting that people with animals then want to go to the home show buildings and get other exhibits at the same time. The consensus at Thursday’s meeting was those people should be told when they enter the goods what times they can retrieve them and that no exceptions will be made. One problem that has occurred in the past is that those trying to get things from those buildings on Saturday night cause a lot of traffic congestion as well as hassles with the volunteers.

Board chooses Zambelli Fireworks

In other business, the board voted to hire Zambelli Fireworks based out of New Castle to set off fireworks the closing night for a cost of $4,000.

The board also voted to retain Nationwide Demolition Derby for the demolition derby events. However, the board has had complaints about rules not being enforced and some illegal changes made to cars. Board member Bill Winters said he will be at the races and if anyone has a concern about a car, they should talk with him and he will immediately address it with Nationwide. The company has been told it must enforce all the rules.