MEDINA - A familiar face will begin working year-round at the Medina County Fair Board office.
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Amanda Shenberger, of Ashland County, was hired Wednesday as administrative assistant, the board announced Thursday.
She has been assisting fair board President Mike Gall in the office for the past 13 summers.
Shenberger, 30, will work on daily operations at the office, including organizing the fair and non-fair-related events, that used to be taken care of by the late Marilyn R. "Lyn" Maxwell, who served as fair board secretary for 27 years and died in December.
"We're really excited to have her and very happy she accepted the position," Gall said.
"She brings 13 years of fair experience with her and she's helped out with every aspect of getting the fair together."
He noted that Shenberger is not an elected official, as the board formed the administrative assistant position to fulfill the duties within the fair board office.
He said board member Beverly Fry was recently appointed as secretary of the board.
Shenberger will work full-time in the summer months - June to September - and part-time for the remaining nine months of the year. Her hourly pay rate was not disclosed.
Gall said Shenberger has extended her help during her spare time, nights and weekends the past few months since Maxwell's death.
"She has performed beyond any expectation that I would've had," Gall said. "Hopefully, we can return to some normalcy in the office at this point."
Shenberger works as a physical education teacher at St. Edward School in Ashland.
She has a bachelor's in physical education and teaching and a master's in special education, both from Ashland University.
"She will continue to teach physical education on Tuesdays and Thursdays during the school year," Gall said.
Other fair news
With the 2017 fair scheduled for July 31 to Aug. 6, the board met Wednesday and discussed the following items:
- Tickets for the Gary Allan and Brothers Osborne concert Thursday, Aug. 3, are still available. Gall said about 2,000 tickets were sold since they went on sale Saturday, May 6. Capacity is 8,200 for the event. Tickets are $30 plus a $3 service charge and are can be purchased by visiting www.medina-fair.com, at the box office, or by calling (330) 723-9633.
- The board approved new landscaping at the show arena area and adding stone to the new beer garden.
- An update is scheduled for the digital sign on Lafayette Road and roofs will be replaced or fixed on the restroom and building No. 21 on the grounds.
- The board approved chipping and sealing the area behind the community center and in front of the announcer's booth.
- Several first aid kits and automated external defibrillators were purchased.
- A final list of 2017 fair sponsors was approved.
- Black River Band Boosters were hired to take tickets at Gate No. 1 and Buckeye Christian Church was hired at three other gates during the fair.
- Black River Academic Boosters were hired to be grandstand ushers.
- The floor in the Brunswick United Methodist Church building will be replaced.
- Four credit card units will be rented for the gates this year.
- The board said it is looking to purchase more picnic tables.
- Extra fair T-shirts are available and the purchasing committee recommended offering them to the public at a reduced price.
- A pay rate was approved for security officials during the fair. The figure was not disclosed.
- The board was informed that there will be several new events, including a hot dog-eating contest, sponsored by Donut Hut. More information will be released at a later date.
Contact reporter Halee Heironimus at (330) 721-4012 or firstname.lastname@example.org.