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SHERIDAN — The Sheridan County Fair Association held its first board meeting with its new director Thursday night. Jamie Ringley gave a detailed director’s report based on his first couple weeks of observation and meetings with various user groups.
“I didn’t want to be too in depth, but I can’t help it. It’s just who I am,” Ringley said, following the meeting.
“I’ve been composing it since the second I got here because I knew this was coming up in a week. I think everyone should be on the same page, even if it’s two pages worth of director’s report written in all caps. I was happy to impart everything that I’ve learned and am concerned about.”
In the meeting, Ringley said he’s been concentrating on connecting with fairgrounds user groups including the UW Cooperative Extension Office, the Sheridan County Land Trust, the Sheridan County Sportsman Gun Club and Sheridan Cat Rescue, among others. Ringley said he has a list of 33 different user groups he will continue to connect with over the next few months.
“It’s going along very well. Everyone has unique perspectives on the use of the fairgrounds,” Ringley said.
Members of the fair board discussed hosting a meet and greet for user groups and community members to connect with Ringley and other fairgrounds staff in April. Ringley also said the website has been updated to be more user-friendly.
In his report, Ringley listed improvement projects he’d like to pursue, as the budget allows.
• A leaky roof on the shop. The fairgrounds previously spent $4,000 to replace rubber grommets in the roof, but the fix doesn’t appear to have worked, Ringley said.
• Ringley received a cursory bid of $800 to establish power to Rotary Park for the sprinkler system.
• After touring the grandstand toilets, Ringley said he wants to make repairs to get them updated once permits are granted.
• In the past week, the fairgrounds spent $142 to level the ground in the horse stalls. Ringley said he wants to add another layer of top soil and do weekly inspections to make sure the stalls stay safe.
In other business, the fair board discussed progress on hiring a maintenance operator and the best time to hire seasonal summer staff. Board members also discussed ways to save money such as minimizing outsourced lawn care, distributing electronic versions of board packets and having volunteers from 4-H and Future Farmers of America help with painting around the fairgrounds.
“That is the involvement we’re looking for,” Ringley said. “It’s not just coming to do your thing but also community involvement in upkeep, which leads to caring about the facility and making it part of one’s life.”