POINT PLEASANT — A new $50,000 lamb barn has been built at the Mason County Fairgrounds and is ready for exhibitors and their animals to occupy in less than two weeks.
The “Hartley Market Lamb Barn” was built solely on donations from the community, according to Heidi (Sturgeon) Wood, who along with husband Roger, chairs the barn. It will house both the market lambs and special market lambs during the fair, set for Aug. 8-13.
“The old barn was in poor shape,” said Wood. “When Roger and I took over the barn four years ago, it was our goal to build a new one.”
Both Roger and Heidi Wood have long histories with the Mason County Fair. Roger showed hogs during his 4-H years. Heidi showed lambs, was a fair queen, and formerly held offices on the fair board. Her father, Rocky Sturgeon, serves as co-chairman of the lamb barn and is on the fair board of directors.
Wood stated the plans for the new barn were drawn up last year, and the old barn was razed in April of this year.
She said for the past several years, the market lambs and special market lambs had to be in separate barns. One reason for the separation was the old barn had a dirt floor and was not handicap accessible for the special market lamb exhibitors who were in wheelchairs. She added it made it hard for the “buddies” of those exhibitors who had to constantly travel between the two barns.
The new, bigger barn has 60 metal pens, enough for the 45 exhibitors and the nine special lamb exhibitors expected this year. There are also six animal wash stations, as well as upgraded water and electric lines.
Sponsors who helped fund the barn include City Ice & Fuel, M&G Polymers, Ohio Valley Bank, Pleasant Valley Hospital, Mark Porter GM Superstore, Farmers Bank, Mark Groves and Dr. Lois Bosley, Peoples Bank, Glen Washington, J&J Construction, Supple Law Office, and Jon Parrack Nationwide Insurance.
Those wishing to help with the lamb barn still have the opportunity to do so. Pen sponsorships of $200 each are being taken. Those interested can contact Roger Wood at 304-593-0128.
Sponsoring pens so far are:
Roger and Heidi Wood, Rocky and Susan Sturgeon, George Shell and family in memory of Margaret Shell, Mason County Clerk Diana Cromley, Wilcoxen Funeral Home, Neville Wrecker Service, Michael D. Call Livestock, Joy Sturgeon in memory of Jack Sturgeon, Handley Law Office, Rick, Tanya, Lizzie and Trent Handley, Twin Oaks Federal Credit Union, Kountry Kritters 4-H Club, ICL-IP America, Brinker Machine LLC, Sheriff Greg Powers, Layton’s Garage, Riverside Golf Course in memory of Mary Mae Roush, Lesley C. Marrero, AAMS, Edward Jones, the Jeffers family in memory of Perry C. Jeffers, Karen and Steve Meadows in honor of Alexis Meadows,
Four Seasons Florist, Hudson Family Farms, Yauger Farm Supply, Jackson County Regional Livestock Market, Apple Grove Market, Burton Logging LLC, Letart Corporation, Raelynn Grimm, Tony Grimm, Olin and Jonna Rice in honor of Emma Rice, Shearly Tanned Hair, Tanning and Nail Salon, Crank & Kirkpatrick Animal Hospital, Stacy A. Call Livestock, Lawrence Scarberry Family, Bearing Distributors Inc., Green Valley Livestock Farm, Dr. Bush and Mason Family Dentistry, Hogg & Zuspan, 3M Farms, Tim and Sandra Mullins, Chase and Morgan Liptrap, Sandy and George Keefer in honor of Kristin Keefer Blake and Katrina Keefer Greenlee.
Wood said while the building is finished, there is still work to be done. She said she would like to see large, industrial fans installed to keep both the animals and handlers cool. This year, small fans will be used to move the air until additional funds become available.