People who attended the Community Dinner at the Bartholomew County 4-H Fairgrounds on Thursday raised more than $8,500 for the fair program.
The money came from auctioning off the days and streets for the 4-H fair, an annual fundraiser that is used for improvements at the fairgrounds. The money will go toward a new goat barn at the fairgrounds.
The winner of the Rural Service Award, which has been presented since 1954, went to B. Parker Newsom Jr. for his many years of service. For the past 49 years, he has auctioned countless animals at the fair, runs his own successful auctioneering business and donates his talent as an auctioneer to many organizations for fundraisers.
The Community Dinner is a program of Bartholomew County Farm Bureau and the Bartholomew County 4-H Fair Board, with volunteers from area organizations.