Someone is getting a new temporary home at the fair. Everyone looks forward to coming to the Scioto Country Fair, but this year, there is something new for the 4-H Chickens and Rabbits — they have a brand new barn.
The old barn was much smaller and closed in tightly, but this new barn is state of the art. It is open, and it is large, so much more so, than anything they have had before for these small creatures. Up until now, the 4-H kids that showed either chickens or rabbits, had to have their shows outside at the back of their barn.
Now, come Monday morning, the poultry (chickens), will make their grand entrance for the show in their new home, with plenty of space to spare. The rabbit and chicken barn is huge, it is open so the wind can blow through it and keep both animal and humans much cooler and safer.
Speaking with Darren LeBrun, the Scioto County Engineer, about how this barn came to be. He stated that Eugene Gahm told him, just a few weeks ago, that they were trying to get the new barn placed where the old one had stood, however, there were some issues with the state permit, so they moved it to their now permanent home, just a way down from the original barn. LeBrun and Scioto County Commissioner, Bryan Davis both said that the barn was started about four weeks ago, thanks to the Gahm’s and Mark Distel & Lee Detwiller of Distel Construction, Co.
And now, it is up and ready to go for next week’s fair. Davis said it exceeded his expectations and LeBrun said that the new siding on the bar, blends in very well with the other buildings. They continued to speak about how the weather this year is supposed to be good, unlike last year, where it was blazing hot.
LeBrun was quick to point out that the community needs to know just how hard the fair board works. LeBrun continued that when he was young, he showed cattle and now his son shows cattle and they go to fairs around the state, and they are hard pressed to beat this fairground.
“It’s a credit to the fair board, it’s a credit to the Commissioners, and the citizens and volunteers in the county that take pride in the fair,” Lebrun said.
According to Lebrun, the Commissioners and the Fair Board worked out the money. Gahm and his boys brought their equipment for free and all the groups pulled together in the same direction for the same cause.
“A short 30 years ago, I was here as a kid, and attended and had animals at the fair, and some of my best memories are being at the fair, so I hope that the kids today have some of the opportunities that I had when I was younger,” Lebrun said. “I think everyone here is on the same page and want that for the kids. This gives the kids something to do. It’s easy to see the negative stories, but you come out to the fair and I can point out dozens of good stories as far as, this one did this, or that in 4-H, that they could not have done otherwise, for example, the work ethic that they developed during their time here.”
Davis said the barn had room for growth for years to come.
“There’s room for expansion in the new barn, plus there is room for them to have their show down here,” Davis said.
He also commented that last year, they did not have chickens at all because of Bird Flu.
Everyone who took part of the barn unveiling credited Eugene Gahm and sons for donating their equipment and time to get this barn up and ready.
Sunday at the Fair, (as all bring the animals are brought in), should be all smiles and it will surely be something to see, as the 4-H kids with rabbits and chickens get their first glance at the new barn.
Reach: Kimberly Jenkins 740-353-3101 ext. 1928