Saturday, March 17 the Jasper County Agricultural Association board members will provide breakfast and details of their upcoming plans for the fair from 8 – 10 a.m. at the K of C in Newton.

The Jasper County Agricultural Association has been busy making plans for the future. Earlier this year the group applied and received confirmation that the Jasper County Agricultural Association is a 501(c) 3 organization. This status recognizes the group as a non-profit organization and can accept donations which can be from various donors allowing the donors to make a donation and receive tax credit for their donation.

The non-profit status will also enable the group to apply for grants to make improvements to the Jasper County Fairgrounds.

The Jasper County Fair will celebrate 150 years in 2020. Since the first fair there have been lots of changes over the years, the grandstand was destroyed and a new grandstand was built. Area residents have attended and participated in the exhibits of the fair in varying venues. Some can remember showing cattle under the trees, and housing livestock under tents. Over 50 years ago the current 4-H livestock building and show ring were added to the fairgrounds.

During these past 50 years there have been approximately 200 youth annually use these buildings to exhibit their projects. These kids learned about local agriculture and exhibiting skills in the show ring and outside the show ring assisting each other with their exhibits with older youth assisting the younger 4-H and FFA members all while being guided by caring adults.

Time and wear and tear on the building has created a need to replace the current 4-H show ring and livestock barn. The Jasper County Agricultural Association will be raising funds to provide a new building offering a new show ring and area for all animals to be housed in one spot eliminating the need to bring livestock across the road and providing a safe environment for the public to view the animals during the fair as well as provide a safer environment for the youth exhibiting during the fair. The new facility will offer area youth and adults the opportunity to show for another 50 plus years, promoting agriculture and developing skills they will carry into their future education and career choices.

With the new facility the fair will be open to having other events in the new facility.

Join the Jasper County Fair Board members for breakfast Saturday, March 17 from 8 – 10 a.m. at the Newton K of C. Board members will be present to answer question and provide details of the 3 year plan, March 17.