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Quality of Life
Darke County Swine & Community Pavilion
The Swine & Multi-Use Pavilion is a 28,500 SF pre-engineered building located on the Darke County Fairgrounds in Greenville, Ohio. This building will have heating & air conditioning, prep kitchen, in-house bathrooms, and a large community room for year-round, multi-function use. The Great Darke County Fair is one of the largest fairs in the state and serves over 1300 4-H and FFA students, who work year-round on livestock, industrial and domestic arts projects that are shown at the fair.
Duane Morris Government Strategies
650000- Insurance Pay-Out
500000- Corporate Donation
800000- Local capital campaign(140 individual gifts)
1950000- Total Outside Sources of Funds
Construction or Capital
This project has been on-going for over year and has nearly $2 million in committed funds to date. After a devastating fire, an insurance payment for $650,000 was met with $500,000 corporate donation from Cargill. Additionally, a local capital campaign was launched that has raised $800,000 from local donors and businesses.
Within the next 6 months
The Great Darke County Fair brings an enormous community impact to Darke County and greater Western Ohio. For over 160 years, this fair has operated as one of the largest and most acclaimed fairs, operating for 9 days every August, drawing in 200,000 people for livestock shows and auctions, agri-business exhibits, food/entertainment, and harness racing. The Swine & Multi-Use Community Pavilion will serve to house the swine shoes and auctions during the show, but will be used year-round for the 1300 Darke County youth involved in 4-H and FFA for livestock shows, ag education training, and community meetings. Additionally, the capabilities of this building will allow the Darke County Ag Society to rent this facility out for use for other events and agri-business needs.
Each year, the Great Darke County Fair operates one of the largest county and youth fairs in the state of Ohio. Each of the buildings on the fairgrounds are used to full capacity to house animals, students, and hold shows/auctions. In 2019, the swine had to be housed temporarily in the goat barn, which compromised the programs of many youth farmers. Having an operational space for the swine for the 2020 Great Darke County Fair that will then be able to host year-round activities for over 1300 FFA and 4-H students that represent every school district in Darke County would mark a successful project.
Construction and planning of this 28,500 SF Swine Pavilion will create jobs (approx 25) for many local contractors, plumbers, electricians and construction workers. Additionally, the capabilities of this new facility will help `maintain the operations of the Darke County Agricultural Society, which employs a staff of 5 full-time employees. Additionally, additional jobs may be created to help manage and maintain the new facility, especially with rental activity.
Most importantly, the ag education programs and activities that take place within these barns are career-building in themselves. Most, if not all, of the 1300 students enrolled in these FFA and 4-H programs will eventually pursue schooling and jobs in the agriculture and agri-business realms.
Food & Agribusiness
No, the Darke County Agricultural Society has never received state funding in its 164 years of operation.
The Darke County Agricultural Society is a 501c3 and has direct connections to the Ohio Department of Agriculture and Ohio Department of Natural Resources.