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Meyer elected president of Illinois Association of Agricultural Fairs

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[January 25, 2014]  SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois Association of Agricultural Fairs has elected Ron Meyer of Manteno as its next president. Meyer was chosen last weekend during the association's 104th annual convention at the Crowne Plaza hotel in Springfield.

"My vision for the future of IAAF is to continue to strengthen county fairs in order to showplace agriculture," Meyer said. "We are excited to partner with University of Illinois Extension in an economic impact study."

Meyer has served on the board of the Will County Fair for 37 years, including six years as president and 16 years as treasurer and dairy superintendent. In addition, he has been director for the Northern Zone of the Illinois Association of Agricultural Fairs for four years.

He and his wife, Lois, have two children and five grandchildren. They farm and show Holstein dairy and beef cattle.

William Redshaw of Rushville was elected vice president. George Fewkes of Albion will serve the next two years in the past president position.

Directors elected from the Northern Zone were David Engelbrecht of Leaf River and Ken Tyrrell of Sheridan. In the Central Zone, Sandy Hoke of Tuscola and Jill Hardesty of Fischer were elected. In the Southern Zone, James Walsh of Carmi and Russell Vandeveer of Salem were elected.

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The IAAF directors-at-large elected were Marvin Perzee of Ashkum, representing the Northern Zone; Tom Moore of Jerseyville, representing the Central Zone; and Bill Jennings of Olney, representing the Southern Zone.

The board reappointed William H. Fugate of Fairbury as secretary-treasurer and Marla Behrends of Forrest as publicity chairman.

[Text from file received from the Illinois Association of Agricultural Fairs]

The Illinois Association of Agricultural Fairs, a nonprofit corporation formed in 1910, serves 103 Illinois county fairs and expositions. Its purpose is to provide guidelines, inform, and monitor or initiate legislation that promotes and assists Illinois county fairs. The association is volunteer-based and dedicated to the promotion of agriculture, development of youth and as a showplace of American agriculture’s traditions and future agricultural innovations.

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