Fair board president Malin presents a plaque of appreciation to Jeff Louderback for his service to the fair board for 18 years. Louderback spent most of those years supervising the livestock entries and shows with the help of his wife, Teresa. L&T photos/Larry Phillips
• L&T staff report
At Thursday evening’s Five State Fair Association’s annual meeting, two additional fair board members were elected by the association.
Moving onto the fair board for three-year terms were Erin Russell and Larry Johnson. They join Norvan Correll, Russ Almes and Darrell Long as the five members on the fair board appointed by the association.
The remaining four board members were appointed by the Seward County Commission for one-year terms. They include Jennifer Malin, Jana Christian, Larry Phillips and Lenny Bearce.
After the association meeting, elections were conducted for the officers of the 2014 Five State Fair Board.
Malin was re-elected as president, Almes was selected as vice president, Christian will remain as secretary and Bearce was elected as treasurer.
The fair dates approved for next year will be from Friday, July 25 through Sunday, Aug. 3, 2014.
Several board members will be participating in the Colorado Association of Fairs in Colorado Springs, Colo., at the end of October, where fair promoters and event coordinators use the convention for bookings at fairs across the country.
The board approved allowing those attending the fair convention to book acts or events on the spot if needed rather than wait for total board approval. Also, five board members will be on the trip, so a quorum will be represented.
The board also honored outgoing board member Jeff Louderback, who has been on the board and the association for 18 years. He received a plaque and appreciation from the board for his tireless service in helping put on the fair each and every year.
Gift certificates were given to Seward County Activity Center Director Linda Johnson and director of building maintenance Delbert Stebens for their assistance during this year’s fair.