Front Row: Sandy Free, Peggy Gray, Bill Pickerrell, Brad Cosenza, Guy McCorkle, Jenny Nelson, Mary Ludwick, Noah Kemper, Kelley VanHoose, and Barry Dean Haubeil.
Back Row: Gary Prater, Keith Chain, Shaun Boggs, Dan Elliott, David Clary, Steven Clever, Barry Haubeil, Bryan Bethel, Andy Hill, Matt Clifton, Jeremy Gearhart, Paul Corcoran.
Not Pictured: Jaluv Hoop, Karlton Wheeler
According to Article II, Section 2 & 3 of the Constitution of the Ross County Agricultural Society, all members of said Society are hereby notified that the annual election of Directors shall be conducted by secret ballot at the office of the Secretary. The election held during the week of the fair, is Thursday, August 10, 2023, between the hours of 2:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. In order to vote, the member must present their signed membership card. If card is not signed, you will not be permitted to vote.2023 Election Information
The following individuals represent their respective townships as members of the board of directors for the Ross County Agricultural Society, sponsor of the Ross County Fair. Click on any of the names to read their bio.
2 daughters – Katelyn, Allison
Elected to the board in 2006.
I am exofficio of all committees but chose to serve on: Over Site / Rules / Budget / Screening / Contracts / Audit Committee, Ticket Distribution Committee, Multi Purpose / Commercial Buildings Committee, Advertising / Entertainment / Publicity / Website/Marketing Committee, Fair Office Committee and as a Department Head for the Small Animals/Poultry Barn.
Moving to Ohio in 1966 as a second grader and being raised in the city I really never had a good understanding of what the fair was all about. In fact, as I grew older in my high school years I thought the fair was only for country kids and really never liked going to the fair. As a young adult many of my friends would invite me to the fair but because of my thoughts as a youngster I always declined the invitation stating "the fair just wasn't for me." When my children were of age my oldest daughter Katelyn decided she wanted to join the We Feed'em Well 4-H club. We talked her sister into doing the same and the family became members. The girls began by taking many different types of project to the fair but seemed to like their animal projects the best. I felt that if the girls were going to be part of 4-H and the fair that it was only right that I volunteer my time to the fair as well. So I petitioned to be voted in as a board member, was elected in 2006 and have served proudly ever since. Today, me or the girls wouldn't miss the fair for anything, love the fact that it is all about family, and are proud to be part of the best fair in all of OHIO.
For me, the fair is all about the kids and family. I love watching the pride and patience the young people demonstrate with their animal project and I look forward to Tuesday nights for the 4-H events. I enjoy the shows at the bandstand and working to find different acts to bring to the fair. I very much enjoy the camaraderie of the campground and the interactions and friendships developed during the fair.
Married to Annette
5 children – Steve, Matt, Amanda, Seth, Courtney
Elected to the fairboard in 2013.
I have been involved since 1968, 4-H advisor for 26 years.
Vice President of the Board, Beef Barn.
Contracts/Personnel, Grounds/Utilities, Security, Camping, Parking & Traffic, Outside Exhibits/Farm Antiques.
Livestock projects, fair food, farm equipment display, animals, shows.
Married to Gene Ludwick
3 Children - Shay, Julie, Jeb
5 Grandchildren - Addison, Jayden, Jackson, Vincent, Nick
Mary was hired as the Secretary in February 2018.
I was a 10-year member of 4-H and my children were all in 4-H.
Married to Seth Hoop
Assistant Treasurer (August 2022 to October 2022). Treasurer as of October 2022 to present.
I maintain and schedule the rentals of the buildings and grounds. I can be contact at 740-253-6040.
Married to June Bethel
5 Children – Corey, Wil, Kandis, Tiffany, Larry
Elected to the fairboard in 2012.
I was in 4-H for 10 years, a 4-H Advisor for 20 years, and 10 years on the fair board.
Oversite, Rules, Budget, Contracts, Personnel, Security, Grandstand, Fair Office, Golf Carts.
Swine barn, golf carts, helping with grandstand entertainment.
Agriculture and livestock, supporting 4-H for the kids.
Married to Alyssa
3 children - Carson, Nicholas, Bryanna.
Elected to the board in August 2017.
Golf carts, Jeep Fest, Multipurpose building.
Multipurpose building, Fire/EMS.
Rabbit show, Jr. Fair night, Entertainment and bonding with fair.
Married to Carolyn
2 children - Emily and Sarah
Elected to the fairboard in 2015.
10 year 4-H member exhibiting cattle.
Beef, farm and antiques.
I want to support the Ross County Agricultural Society and represent Union township to the best of my ability.
Junior Fair livestock shows and sales, and farm equipment displays.
Married to Nan Pickerrell Clary
2 children – Elly Jo and Bo Clary
1 grandchild – Sadie Mae
Elected to the fairboard in 2006.
Worked many events with Union Twp F.D., over 30 years camping, and working with horse shows.
Horse and Grandstand.
Harness racing - 4-H horse barn, Grandstand entertainment, P.A. - sound system, Tickets.
Bring in events to please people and still make profit to help make improvements.
Married to Tamra Clifton
3 children – Tasha, Amber, and Cassie
4-H Advisor for 4 years
Elected to the fairboard in 2021 – 1st year on the board
Commercial Building, Grandstand, Hog Barn
2 children – Josh and Max
3 grandchildren – Les, Kendall, Ava
Elected to the board in 2001 – 21st year on the board
Ticket/gates/ticket distribution, Parking & Traffic, Rides & Games, Multipurpose & Commercial Buildings.
Married to Shannon
2 children – Macie and Todd
Elected to the fairboard in 2019.
Been involved with the Fair and participated in the fair since 1971.
Camping, Kiddie Tractor Pull, Goat Barn, Building and Grounds.
To maintain building standards.
Livestock, camping, 4-H exhibitor for 10 years.
Married to Chuck Free
4 Children - Valerie Free Jones, Ross Free, Lora Free Webb and Kristen Free White
11 Grandchildren - Morgan Jones Strange, Grace Jones, Stella Jones, CJ Jones, Charlie Free, Annie Free, Garrett Webb, Emmitt Webb, Hazel White, Claire White, and Eli White.
1 Great Grandchild - Sterling Strange
4-H advisor for 36 years
New Construction, Grandstand, Advertising, Sponsorships, Bandstand, Kiddie Tractor Pull, Home Arts, Schools.
Helping with new construction for a new commercial building in the near future. Getting sponsorships for all events and new signs on therace track. Helping with the other committees I serve on.
My grandpa, Ed Fuller started the camping at the fair, he served on the board for 30 years. My husband Chuck Free served on the board for 10 years. My daughter Kristen Free White was 2007 Ross County Fair Queen and 2009 Ohio Fairs Queen. All four of my children Valerie Free Jones, Ross Free, Lora Free Webb and Kristen Free White were 10-year members of 4-H. They showed pigs and the girls were in the Buckskin Stitcher’s & Mixers 4-H Club. They also served on the Jr. Fair Board and 4-H Committees. I am an advisor for the Buckskin Stitchers & Mixers 4-H Club for 35 years.
I thoroughly enjoy our amazing fair! I love helping 4-H members and watching them grow into awesome young adults! I also like helping on all the committees with the other fair board members.
Married to Beth
2 children - Samantha Gearhart & Hunter Hempstead
Elected to the fairboard in 2015.
Grounds/Utilities, Portable Toilets/Trash, Camping, Outside Exhibits/Farm Antiques.
Trash & Porta Pots, Dairy
Married to Kevin Gray
2 Daughters – Emily and Megan
Elected to the fairboard in 2009.
I was in 4-H, my daughters were in 4-H, and my mother-in-law was on the fairboard.
I serve on the following committees – home arts building, fair catalog, ticket distribution, fair office, bandstand entertainment, goats and sheep.
I help set up and edit the fair catalog; coordinate the set up of the home arts building for the displays; work in the fair office the week of the fair; work with 4-H and the community to address concerns and improve the fair.
Everything! Watching the 4-H kids show their projects; seeing all the animals, booths, home art displays; the food; the rides; the community feeling of camping with friends; knowing the Ross County Fair is a place friends and family look forward to each year.
Married to Robin
2 children – Misty and Barry Dean
Elected to the fairboard in 2001.
Lifetime camper, 4-H member.
Grandstand, Building Maintenance, New Construction, Contracts/Personnel, Oversite/Rules/Budget.
Mew construction, event prep at infield.
Married to Genica
2 children - Ryder and Aria
Elected to the fairboard in 2016.
9 year member of 4-H.
Ohio Jeep Fest, Ticket distribution, Audit Committee, Advertising/Entertainment publicity, website/social media, goat barn department head.
Cattle show, grandstand entertainment, camping.
Married to Lisa A. (Moody) Hill
One son Austin.
Elected to the fairboard in 2014.
My father was Concord Township's director for 25 years. I was a Jr. Fair participant for 12 years.
Kids and the projects and making sure it all runs smoothly and according to plan.
Married to Lindsay Kemper
2 children - Max and Miles
Elected to the fairboard in 2022.
I was in 4-H many years and showed pigs. My wife did as well, she showed cattle.
Security, parking & traffic, concessions, outside exhibits, farm antiques, golf carts, and beef.
Married to Rebecca "Sue" McCorkle
4 children – Gary, Jeff, Brad, Pam
Served on the board from 2000-2015. Was appointed to fill vacant township seat on the board in March 2017.
I attended the fair as a youth. As an adult, I volunteered labor, and received the award of "Outstanding Fair Supporter" in 2007.
I serve on the following committees – grounds/utilities, new construction, camping.
Making the fair the best and most exciting in Ohio and supporting both 4-H and Jr. Fair.
Married to Brian Nelson
3 children – Nicole, Morgan, and Robbie
1 grandchild – William
Elected to the board in 2010.
4-H member for 10 years, 4-H advisor for 30 years.
Grandstand/Entertainment, Camping, Fair Office.
I am in charge of renting campsites for the fair, ordering and distributing ribbons for the open shows, working in the fair office, helping with grandstand events, and working with DUNF forms.
Watching the kids show their animals and going to grandstand events.
Married to Brenda Pickerrell
3 Children – BJ, Joe, Andy
5 Grandchildren – Hannah, Jackson, Zane, Carleigh, Paisley
Elected to the board in 1999.
Harness Racing, Open Horse Show, Horse Barn Supeintendent.
Married to Elaine Prater for 42 years
Children – Craig and Trisha
Grandchildren – Zach, Cody, Parker, Kylie
Elected to the board in 1985.
OFMA Director for 6 years.
I became involved with the fair as 4-H member and continued my involvement since them.
I serve on the following committees – entertainment, security and grandstand; I am also Past President of the fairboard.
Providing a venue to showcase the talents of our youth and provide good wholesome family entertainment.
Married to Jay VanHoose
3 Children – Bailey, Layne, and Jesse
3 Grandchildren – Paisley, Presley, and Mavrick
Elected to the board in 2022.
I serve on the Grandstand, Bandstand entertainment, rides and games, fair office, and Sale committee.
Though I am new to the fair board, I am not new to the Ross Co Fair. I was in 4-H for 10 years and showed in open class before I was in 4-H. My two oldest children were also in 4-H and my youngest is currently in 4-H. For 15 years I volunteered during the livestock auctions at the fair. Assisting the auctioneers, taking bids, and keeping record of the bids and buyers. I have always loved the Ross County Fair, and I am so excited to help make the best better.
My duties are to help find entertainment for the grandstand, bandstand, and new games and rides, update the emergency response plan, and help oversee the goar barn.
Too many to list so I will pick my favorite. My interest has always been the livestock shows. When I was in 4-H, I took market pigs. My absolute favorite was showmanship. I love watching the kids show in showmanship in all breeds. Spending time with friends, family, and neighbors at the fair is the best. The Ross County fair has always been a homecoming for so many friends and family. Some who you only see once a year, and that you share the same love for the fair. That is special and I am proud to be a part of that, and for my children and grandchildren to be a part of as well.