Livestock building paid for at Box Butte County Fair

A May 30 challenge by Westco and Mobius to raise $150,000 by fair time was met … with Westco and Mobius jointly adding $30,000 to the fund. Mobius General Manager Tonya Mayer says the over half-million dollars in donations is typical of the generous spirit of Box Butte County residents.

The first of many large contributions came from Farmer's Co-op Elevator Company in February of 2012. Their $50,000 donation helped legitimize the campaign. In recognition of their generosity, the show ring in the new barn is named for the company. Hemingford Public Schools also lifted a large chunk of the fundraising burden, by developing a collaborative agreement with the Ag Society. The school will rent the barn for use as a bus shed when the Fair is not utilizing it.

But, going into the fair, another $50,000 was still needed, and Mayer says she was a bit nervous the Westco and Mobius challenge might come up a bit short.

However, the August 10 livestock auction saw a hog donated by area 4-H members sell for over $33,000, with all proceeds going to the Raise the Roof Campaign.
Mayer says it was certainly a great moment in the rich history of the Box Butte County Fair.

Westco Chief Executive Officer David Briggs says he is thrilled the goal was met. And he says he is very pleased with the new facility.

In recognition of all donors, a brick memorial is being planned near the west entry of the barn. Donors will have their name or company logo inscribed on a brick to be included on the wall.

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