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The Jersey County Fair hosted its 26th talent competition Tuesday evening at the grandstand, where former director Connor Ashlock announced he was passing the torch down to his successors, Kallie Flowers and Holly Steckel.
Flowers has served as Ashlock’s co-director for several months prior to Tuesday’s show.
“It takes many hands to make a fair work, more so than what people realize. So, when someone comes along who possesses a passion for agricultural fairs, you grab hold of them and never let them leave,” Ashlock said to the audience Tuesday evening. “All my committee exemplifies a love for the fair, but when it came time to determine who is going to take the helm, Kallie, a former fair queen herself, and Holly, who has worn a good number of hats around this track these last few years, are those two individuals who I have chosen to lead this talent show into the future.”
Ashlock was asked by his predecessor and first director of the talent show, Alex Foster, to take the position following the 2018 fair. Ashlock assumed the role in time for the 150th Anniversary of the Jersey County Fair and held the position until he passed down the role to Flowers and her co-director, Steckel.
Ashlock will remain a part of the talent show as a committee member.
Flowers and Steckel plan to work with their committee to improve on the talent show for contestants and spectators and are already planning for next year’s fair.