LIMA — Allen County Fair General Manager David Grimm spoke to a room of Rotary Club members Monday about the possibilities the fair will bring to the area this summer.
Grimm, who took over as fair manager on Oct. 1, was enthuastic about what the fairgrounds do for the area, not only during fair season, but throughout the year as well.
“It has been a grind catching up on all the things that come along with taking over as fair manager,” Grimm said. “We have plenty of things planned for the upcoming fair and hope to continue the long-standing tradition of bringing great events to the Allen County area.”
Speaking in front of almost 60 Rotarians in the North Hall at the Veterans Memorial Civic Center, Grimm spoke about the role the fairgrounds play in the community, both the fun atmosphere it provides for a variety of events along with the economical productivity that comes from being able to host such events.
“The Allen County Fair provides a great place for multiple shows and businesses to commute and bring business to our county,” Grimm said. “Being able to sustain and maintain all these events is something we are proud to say we can do now and heading into the future we hope to entice new, outstanding acts to the area.”
Another topic of discussion were the promotions and activities that will be taking place at the Allen County Fair this year. Multiple displays of farm animals ranging from goats, chickens and cattle, demolition derby, high school band and cheerleading competition and the Tiger Toss, a new activity that will feature eight Bengal tigers performing three times a day for a half-hour each time.
Leadership is a vital aspect to making sure all goes well during the week of the fair. Matt Otto, director of Allen-Lima Leadership, said Grimm has done a good job of following in former fair manager Jay Begg’s footsteps.
“From an outsider's perspective it seems as if Grimm has come in and provided the necessary leadership skills needed to transition from one fair manager to the next,” Otto said. “Grimm sat down with a whole new staff and has put together a plan that is vital to the present and future success of the Allen County Fairgrounds.”
With the fair preparing to commence Aug. 16, Grimm said he is ready for the yearlong planning of the event to finally come to fruition.
“Every day since I started, we have covered more details, details, details than you could imagine,” Grimm said. “This has been an almost yearlong process for everyone on staff and we are ready to provide the great people of Allen County and anyone who travels to our fair a great time.”