Fair board accepts donation

| February 17, 2015
Pictured from left are: Seth Dotson, John McAllister, Andrea Finton, Ron Seitz, Mike Yoder, Terry McCurdy and Rod Lindsey. Beacon photo by Mark Fortune

Pictured from left are: Seth Dotson, John McAllister, Andrea Finton, Ron Seitz, Mike Yoder, Terry McCurdy and Rod Lindsey. Beacon photo by Mark Fortune

COSHOCTON – Members of The Coshocton County Agricultural Society – otherwise known as the Coshocton County Fair Board, graciously accepted a check in the amount of $2,500 from Mike Yoder, who represented Monsanto, at their regularly scheduled meeting on Monday evening, Feb. 16. The money came from a contest that was won by local farmer Andrea Finton, who decided that a good place for the money was the county fair, and specifically the youth swine building. Andrea and husband Steve are involved with the county fair and several local organizations. John McAllister, representing the junior fair, said, “This is a wonderful donation and we are very thankful to receive it.”

Yoder said, “This is the America’s Farmers Grow Communities program, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund. Andrea applied for the award and won. I think this gives the local farmers a way to give back to their communities and local organizations that are special to them.”

“This gives Monsanto a way to give back to local communities – they realize that the local farmers have a big role in their respective communities.”

Andrea Finton said, “The money will go to help put up new pens in the youth swine building. I chose that because all of the youth work really hard with their projects during the summer. I think it will help showcase their projects during the fair. We’ve been involved with the fair and the swine for many years. All three of our children have shown pigs at the fair. I’ve known about this project for a couple of years now and am glad to be able to help.”

“I was very happy and pleased when I found out I had won the contest.”

“I think it’s wonderful that they sponsor this for all the rural communities, it really helps with projects like this.”

The swine committee will be using the funds to put up new pens hopefully before the 2015 county fair.

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