It was announced on Jan. 3 that the three-person Agriculture and Recreation Board was officially defunct, as all three members resigned.
The board was made up of Chairman Dale Powell, Vice Chairman/Treasurer Daron Bell and Secretary Rayetta Boone, an all-volunteer team in charge of overseeing the Agricultural Park and putting on the county’s four-day Agricultural Fair each July.
The G.C. Ag. Fair is the county’s only qualifier for the Kentucky State Fair Agriculture competitions, and without a board to put together the fair, there was temporary confusion within the local ag. community as to how local 4-H, FFA and Homemaker entrants would continue to qulify to participate in the state-wide event.
To remedy the problem of having no volunteers to continue on in Powell’s, Bell’s and Boone’s wake, Judge Executive Gary Logsdon recommended at the Friday, Jan. 17 Fiscal Court meeting that the court take on the duties of the Ag. and Rec. Board themselves.
Following the meeting, Logsdon said that there “might be more interest later” from volunteers wishing to fill the positions, and added that the Fiscal Court would “gladly let them” take over those responsibilities if that becomes the case.
Jack Ewing, the Grayson County Extension Agent for Agriculture and Natural Resources, echoed the sentiment that there is simply not as much interest from volunteers hoping to serve the ag. community as there once was.
“A lot of things have dwindled down in terms of participation,” he said.”Volunteers are just worn out.”
Ewing said that the projects and oversight carried on by the Ag. and Rec. Board are important, but “it’s going to have to have some significant support, in my opinion, to keep going.”