quarlesCALHOUN, Ky. (7/11/19) — McLean County residents have something new to be proud of with its new livestock show barn at Myer Creek Park in Calhoun. The show barn was christened Tuesday with a ribbon-cutting ceremony attended by the state’s agriculture head, Ag Commissioner Ryan Quarles.

Quarles joined members of the McLean County Extension District Board, McLean County 4-H Council and McLean County Ag Fair Board for the event, which precluded the McLean County Farm to Fork Dinner. Quarles was also guest speaker for the dinner.

McLean County Agriculture and Natural Resource Extension Agent David Fourqurean told those gathered under the awning of the animal show barn that the construction of the shed and the enhancement of the building by adding heating and air allowing for year-round use through the Department of Agriculture and County Fairs program.

“This is Phase 1,” said Fourqurean about the outdoor structure. “Phase 2 will be working on the existing building, insulating it, putting metal on the inside and heating and air conditioning in that building.”

Quarles said supporting county fairs is important to the commonwealth.

“Saying your from Kentucky, unless you’re from Lexington or Louisville, you tell them what county you’re from,” said Quarles. “That’s the perspective we have at the Department of Agriculture, that we want to help promote and be the voice of rural Kentucky. And, there’s no better way of doing that than supporting our county fairs.”

Quarles said there are about 90 county fairs held each year in the state leading up to the Kentucky State Fair in Louisville. Quarles said despite suffering budget cuts, the county fair program has been maintained.

Rita Dukes Smith
SurfKY News Director

Below, photos of the Farm to Fork Dinner from July 9 are shown, courtesy of Amanda Dame.

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