Earlier this month, OFBF’s leadership development committee of the state board chose Seth Finton of Coshocton and Kelsey Rumburg of Chardon to serve two years on the junior fair board. The two seniors have been active with their county Farm Bureaus and various youth organizations.
Finton has been president and vice president of the Ridgewood FFA and a member of the Coshocton County Junior Fair Board, Coshocton County Youth Leadership Group, Student Council and National Honor Society. His honors include 2011 Coshocton County Fair King, Academic All-Ohio and State FFA Degree.
Rumburg has been vice president of the Geauga County Junior Fair Board, president of the Geauga Beef and Swine 4H Club and All Cooped Up 4H Club, treasurer of the Geauga County Jr. Leaders 4H Club and member of the Leadership Geauga Youth Program. Her honors include Geauga County Junior Fair Royal Court, Geauga County Junior Fair Board vice president and Willoughby Rotary Student of the Month.
“During their two-year term, they will be responsible for special events at the fair regarding youths and might help with different shows. This is a great opportunity for them because this experience will allow them to network with other organizations like 4-H, FFA and Scouts,” said Darrell Rubel, OFBF’s director of learning delivery.
Both students said they plan to use the experience to help improve their county fair boards and share with others the benefits of Farm Bureau.
The Junior Fair Board meetings start in May in preparation for the fair, which is at the end of July. During their tenure, the two are required to visit two county Farm Bureau board meetings and volunteer for three local Farm Bureau activities.
“We ask them to get involved at the local level to develop their skills and build them as potential leaders for Farm Bureau and the agriculture community,” Rubel said.
In order to qualify, applicants must be 16-19 years old, a Farm Bureau member or a member of a Farm Bureau family, fill out an application and provide three references.