Friend of the Fair Award

Congratulations to our very own
He received the 110th Annual Convention Friend of the Fair Award from the
Illinois Association of Agricultural Fairs in 2020

Steve was nominated for his service to the Boone County Fairboard for 29 years. This service comes naturally, as he literally grew up on the fairgrounds. His father served as the vice-president and president for a total of 34 years, and his mother was the fair secretary for 47 years. Two brothers, his sister, and a brother-in-law, wife and daughter have served or are currently serving as board members for a combined total of 165 years of service to the Boone County Fair.

Steve is heavily involved in overseeing the operations of the grounds, and is a welcome presence on the hiring committee for the grounds crew. He is well respected and his opinion is looked to and considered before decisions are made.
As a Livestock Superintendent Steve has demonstrated effective administrative and interpersonal leadership. He brings a broad range of experience and skills in addition to tireless work ethics to the Boone County Fair.

When asked what his favorite memory of the fair is, he says “when I won Grand Champion Barrow I think I was about 15.“ That says it all folks!


When you run into Steve this year at the Fair, congratulate him on a job well done good and faithful servant!


Congratulations to our very own

He received the Friend of the Fair Award from the
Illinois Association of Agricultural Fairs
in 2019

This prestigious award is given to a select few individuals each year that exemplify the love of county fairs.  Butch has been a Boone County member for 18 years.  Presently as a member of County Line Grange.  He has been on the fair board for 11 years, and as a livestock superintendent he is responsible for the overall care and handling of all animals entered at the Boone County Fair.  He cites, as his most notable contribution to the fair, the building of a new wash rack for the swine bran; and arranging for the transportation of hogs and dairy milk from the grounds at the end of the fair.  But, it is what he said about his best memory of the fair that sets him apart.  It's his willingness to work and help the many good people that exhibit at our fair that serves him well with the job he does.

Butch keeps the swine barn as the cleanest animal barn at the fair.  So clean, in fact, that he and a local TV newscaster actually ate a donuts off the show ring floor.  Butch, and his wife Becky, and family and friends are justifiably proud of what they have accomplished at the fair and we on the board are proud to have Butch as a true and hardworking, Friend of the Boone County Fair.