Arena/Expo Building Groundbreaking

Harvest Ridge, Holmes County’s new fairgrounds and all-purpose exposition center, is one step closer to becoming complete with the arena groundbreaking held Feb. 21.


In early February, the Holmes County Agricultural Society accepted the $1.885 million bid of Ivan Weaver Construction to build the arena/expo building.


The first shovels full of dirt for the groundbreaking were turned by (left to right) Kim Kellogg, Harvest Ridge Board vice-president; Ohio State Senate President Larry Obhof’ Tara Sheldon Harvest Ridge Board president and Holmes Co. Agriculture Society secretary; Tom Jeffries, Hardwood Furniture Guild treasurer; Shasta Mast, executive director of the Holmes County Chamber of Commerce; Kerry Taylor, Holmes County Fair Board president; Mark Weaver of general contractor Ivan Weaver Construction; and Ray Eiler, Holmes County Commissioner.


To meet the goal of using the arena in time for the August 2017 fair, site prep work is getting underway immediately.


This 48,000-square-foot building will add immense versatility to Harvest Ridge. It will serve as the show and sale arena for the fair, but more than that, it will allow the community to host a variety of consumer, trade, agricultural and cultural shows.

Ohio State Senate President Larry Obhof, left, presents a proclamation to Holmes County Fair Board President Kerry Taylor noting the groundbreaking for the new arena/expo center at Harvest Ridge


Added to the 35,000-square-foot Tom, Eva & Sterling Humrichouser Livestock Pavilion and the 8,000-square-foot William T. Baker Family Building, Harvest Ridge will be the largest and most versatile event venue in the region.


With the help of a $500,000 capital budget appropriation and fundraising efforts of the Hardwood Furniture Guild, approximately $1.6 million has been raised toward the arena / expo building.


The Harvest Ridge Board and Agricultural Society will be working quickly to close the funding gap for the new building and complete other projects, such as the grandstand.


For more information or to contribute, please call Shasta Mast at 330-674-3975 or Tara Sheldon at 330-674-0869.