LIMA — During the 2014 Allen County Fair public relations dinner held Thursday at the newly renovated Youth Services Building, the fair board took a moment to honor a name from their past while also looking ahead to some big names coming up in the near future.
Jim Stout, a 12-year member and 8-year president of the Allen County Fair Board, was inducted into the Allen County Agricultural Society Hall of Fame during the dinner. Stout oversaw many improvements at the fairgrounds, including such building projects as the rabbit barn. He also received the Ohio Fair Managers Association District 2 Director of the Year Award in 2004. Wayne Williams, one of the directors of the Allen County Agricultural Society, spoke of Stout’s heart for the fair during an award presentation to Stout’s family.
“Jim Stout dedicated many years of service to the youth of the Allen County 4-H program and to the Allen County Agricultural Society,” he said. “His involvement for the betterment of the Allen County Fair deserves recognition in the Allen County Agricultural Hall of Fame.”
PotashCorp was also honored for its contribution to the fair in renovating some of the fairground buildings, including the Youth Services Building.
“It’s not often when you get a call from someone saying they want to help the fair and ask where they could pitch in,” fair general manager David Grimm said.
Grimm also took time to look forward to some of the highlights of this year’s fair, especially the entertainment.
“We’ll have the OSU alumni band playing here on the 15th,” he said. “Anyone who enjoys the OSU band will want to be there for that.”
The biggest entertainment name by a large margin will be Toby Keith, and Grimm was quick to emphasize how important this Aug. 23 concert will be for the area.
“The board of directors went all out to bring in Toby Keith,” he said. “To have him come here is a big deal for the fair, the city of Lima and west central Ohio.”