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Ken Coates Sr. Announces Retirement

November 15, 2016 – Greenville OH

The Board of Directors for the Darke County Agricultural Society recently honored retiring employee Ken Coates Sr. Ken was hired in April of 2001 as a mower. Ken remained in that position until for one year, when he was promoted to Assistant Caretaker and worked under Head Caretaker John Robinson. In 2004, Ken and his wife Ona, moved into the Caretaker residence on the fairgrounds. When John Robinson retired, Ken then shared the Head Caretaker responsibilities with George O’Dell until 2008, when he became Head Caretaker. Ken has been a great asset to the Darke County Agricultural Society over the past 15 plus years. Ken is responsible for the setup and teardown of approximately 300 annual non-fair events as well as the 9-day annual fair that begins the 3rd Friday of each August. Ken supervises a staff of maintenance workers that are also responsible for upkeep of 195 acres, 53 buildings, 20 restrooms, 228 horse stalls and a vast inventory of tools, equipment, pens, cages, tables, chairs and many other items that are used both fair and non-fair time. Ken can always be found working outside of his normal hours and on weekends. Ken has a passion for his position and treats everything at the fairgrounds as if it were his own. Ken is truly a “jack of all trades”, as Ken’s skills include welding, fabricating, plumbing, carpentering, minor electrical repair and service/repair of all motorized equipment. Ken will truly be missed as caretaker because he shows a true passion and love for his work. Ken’s hard work and determination shows in all the jobs he works on and Ken is one of the people that helps put the “Great” in The Great Darke County Fair. The picture shows Board President Brian Rismiller giving Ken a monetary retirement gift as well as a toy skid loader at a recent meeting. The remaining 10 Board Members and Fair Manager are also in the photo. Ken’s last day of work will be November 30.


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