Fair manager honored

Ohio Department of Agriculture Director Dorothy Pelanda and Owen Unkefer (Submitted photo)

COLUMBUS–Owen Unkefer was one of 41 individuals recently recognized at the 94th Ohio Fair Managers Association annual convention at the Greater Columbus Convention Center on Jan. 3 for outstanding service to their local fairs. Of this group, seven received the Director’s Award for Innovation and Excellence for their progressive ideas and actions to improve and strengthen their fairs. Ohio Department of Agriculture Director Dorothy Pelanda presented each winner with a certificate. Those chosen for the special honor received plaques. Unkefer was chosen for the special honor.

Ohio’s 94 county and independent fairs and the Ohio State Fair support the local economy and help educate the public about the importance of agriculture and the many necessities it provides, including food, clothing, shelter, fuel and energy. In addition to setting and approving the dates for the independent and county fairs, the department is responsible for helping to assure the safety of amusement rides, for monitoring livestock shows to help assure honest competition, and for coordinating animal health efforts with designated local veterinarians.

For more information on Ohio’s fairs, visit www.agri.ohio.gov.