Fundraiser to benefit Barry County Fair

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

The Barry County Fair Board will hold a fundraiser at the Crowder College Cassville Campus Community Center on Saturday, March 31. The event will offer a supper and an auction.

"Community members should plan to attend to support the kids of Barry County," said Ernest Ray, Barry County Fair Board president and chief executive officer. "All of the money raised during the event will go toward this year's fair."

Attendees will have the opportunity to enjoy dinner from 6 to 7 p.m. Meals will include barbecued ham, chips, a drink and a slice of pie.

The auction will begin at 7 p.m. Brian Rose will serve as auctioneer for the event. Items donated for the auction include: plants; hanging baskets; dog food; gift certificates; a feeder; show tickets; a cheese basket; homemade egg rolls; and a variety of homemade cakes, pies and cookies.

Local FFA chapters and 4-H clubs have also donated baskets for a silent auction that will be held during the event.

"Everything goes back to the kids for the premiums that are offered during the show," said Ray. "The money also is used to pay for show judging."

The Barry County Fair Board was re-organized earlier this year. The newly formed fair board includes four members, who meet at the Cassville Branch Library meeting room on the third Tuesday of each month.

"We are a corporation now, and we have filed for our non-profit status so that all donations made to the fair are tax deductible," said Ray. "We take donations any time throughout the year. We are also still accepting donations for the auction that will be held March 31."

Volunteers are needed for the 2012 Barry County Fair, which will be held at Rockin' P Ranch Rodeo Arena on Highway W in Wheaton on June 29 and 30. The arena is owned by Melvin and Terri Priest.

"We will have the fair books out by May 1 and begin taking fair entries then," said Ray. "We will offer the same shows and categories that we have in the past."

In addition to watching the fair shows, attendees will have the opportunity to browse a vendor booth area during this year's event. Booth space, which is open to area businesses and non-profit organizations, can be reserved for $25.

"Melvin and Terri also have a ranch rodeo planned for Saturday night," said Ray. "We are excited about that too."

The Barry County Fair Board will offer concessions throughout the fair. Proceeds from food sales will provide funding for future fair events.

For more information on the fundraiser of the 2012 Barry County Fair, call 417-489-7893.

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