Staff Reports

Larry Fisher received the Rural Service Award at the Community Dinner on Sept. 15 at the Bartholomew County 4-H Fairgrounds Community Building. The award has been presented annually since 1954.

Fisher received the award for his many years of service to the community. He is finishing his 20th year on the fair board, most of them as president. Fisher served as reserve deputy for Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Department for 37 years and is the Bartholomew County coroner. He also served as one of the first organizers of the Columbus Day parade, which grew into the Columbus Ethnic Expo.

More than 100 people attended the Community Dinner. Days and streets for the 2017 Bartholomew County 4-H Fair were auctioned off, raising more than $11,350 for the Bartholomew County 4-H Fair. The money will be used for fairground improvements.

The master of ceremonies was Sam Simmermaker with White River Broadcasting. The featured speaker was Heather Shireman with the Bartholomew County Soil and Water District. Shireman gave details of the “Pathway to Water Quality” project being installed at the fairgrounds.

The Community Dinner is a program of Bartholomew County Farm Bureau and the Bartholomew County 4-H Fair Board, with volunteers from other area organizations.