LIMA — Starting just two weeks ago, Monday, May 2, 21-year-old Troy Elwer is now the new Promotions and Operations Manager of the Allen County Fair.
Elwer is a 2022 graduate of The Ohio State University in Columbus having earned a bachelor’s degree in agriscience education, with a minor in production agriculture and agribusiness. In addition to his fair management role, Elwer is employed on his family’s 200-acre corn and soybean farm in Delphos. It’s a three-generation operation, Elwer explained, with his grandfather, his father, and himself. And all three of them also hold full-time jobs.
Elwer said he began participating in the Allen County Fair at age three through porcine “Peewee Showmanship,” and after joining 4-H at age nine, he began exhibiting pigs at both the county and state fairs.
“I have some pretty deep roots in the Allen County Fair,” said Elwer. “It’s a large reason I applied for this job and why this job was so enticing to me.”
While he is new to management, Elwer said he extremely grateful to more experienced individuals he is working with to assist him through his first few weeks on the job, and says, therefore, he places the highest priority for a successful transition into the role on the importance of networking and building relationships.
Elwer’s responsibilities bring him into contact with members of the Board of Directors, fair office staff, maintenance, sponsors, vendors, and the public. He manages the day-to-day operations; creates, negotiates, and reviews contracts as well as sponsorship marketing agreements, and attends meetings to help ensure the fair’s continued improvement and growth. He will also be working closely with Rosanna Scott, the new head of marketing. Together, they will create ads, press releases, and organize press conferences to promote events not only during the nine days of the fair but throughout the year.
“I want to maintain those relationships and help sustain the longstanding traditions of the Allen County Fair that have been around for the past 171 years,” he said.
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