Fair Association celebrates successful year

Spencer, Iowa — Nearly 300 members of the Clay County Fair Association heard positive reports about the “The World’s Greatest County Fair” at its annual meeting held October 24.

“My report can really be summed up in five words: we had a great Fair,” said Fair & Events Center CEO Jerome Hertel.  Hertel also summed up his first impression of his first Fair as the new CEO as “Authentic, meaning- being exactly what it’s claimed to be, The World’s Greatest County Fair“.

Thirty-four employees and volunteers, representing a combined 465 years of service to the Fair, received “Fairs of Service” awards.  Four individuals – Barb Gough, Mitch McKeever, John Weiskircher, and Jeff Amis – were honored for 40 years of service.

One retiring member of the Board of Directors was also recognized for her service, Cindy Kress was first elected to the Board in 2018 and has served in a variety of roles, including superintendent in the Creative Arts department.

Nine members were elected to the 27-member Board of Directors for a three-year term: Mike Bryan, Quinton Harmon, Dana Metcalf, Bonnie Pullen-Lehman, VerDon Schmidt, Joel Stave, Chuck White, Brent Cuttell, and Kathy Anderson.

In the Board organizational session held following the annual meeting, Greg Lear was elected as chairman, Tracy Small was elected as vice chairman and Dennis Larson was elected as treasurer.  Joel Stave and Kevin Tlam were also elected to serve on the Executive Committee.

About The Clay County Fair & Events Center Rooted in Tradition, the Clay County Fair and Events Center is a year-round facility that annually hosts more than 300 events, including its signature event, the Clay County Fair powered by SMU. Known as “The World’s Greatest County Fair” since 1917, the Clay County Fair attracts more than 300,000 guests each September for nine-days of world-class entertainment, competition, food, fun, and the largest farm machinery show at any fair in the United States. Additional information can be found at claycountyfair.com.