Senate Bill 191 reorganized the Fair Board to add two members and dedicate more seats on the board to agricultural interests. The final version of the bill passed both houses of the Kentucky General Assembly unanimously, and Gov. Bevin signed the bill into law on April 27.
"The reorganization of the State Fair board, through Senate Bill 191, assures world-class agricultural events, such as the National Farm Machinery Show, the North American International Livestock Exposition, and the Kentucky State Fair, will continue for years to come," Commissioner Quarles said. "With solid agriculture representation on the board, members will play a key role in shaping future decisions that will advance Kentucky's agricultural economy and benefit all people of the Commonwealth.
Commissioner Quarles is one of three ex-officio members of the board, along with Nancy Cox, dean of the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment; and Don Parkinson, secretary of the Kentucky Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet. The state presidents of the Kentucky FFA Association and the Kentucky 4-H Organization are non-voting ex-officio members.
The Fair Board oversees operations for the Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center, located at the Kentucky State Fairgrounds, and the Kentucky International Convention Center, located in downtown Louisville.
Appointed for one-year terms were:
- Lynn (reappointment);
- Michael Poynter Sr. of Stanford, the former president of the Kentucky Association of Fairs and Horse Shows;
- and Marshall Coyle (reappointment) of Owingsville, representing the Kentucky Farm Bureau. Coyle is a former president of the bureau.
Appointed for two-year terms were:
- David Wallace of Verona, representing the state at large. Wallace is the former president of the Kentucky 4-H Foundation and vice-president of the Boone County Fair.
- Mike Grisanti of Louisville (reappointment), representing the Louisville Convention & Visitors Bureau. He is a businessman and investor.
- Joe Goggin of Danville, representing animal agriculture. He is a cattle farmer, a member of the Kentucky Angus Association Board and president of the Boyle County Farm Bureau.
Bevin appointed these people to three-year terms:
- David Williams of Danville, representing agribusiness. He is president of Burkmann Feeds.
- Phil McCoun of Shelbyville, representing the state at large. McCoun is the chairman of the Kentucky Corn Promotion Council.
- Hoppy Bennett of Shelbyville, representing the American Saddlebred Association. He owns Undulata Horse Farm.
Appointed to four-year board terms were:
- Ryan Bivens of Hodgenville, past president of the Kentucky Soybean Association.
- Sharon Furches of Murray, representing the state at large. She is the former president of the Kentucky Women in Agriculture.
- Jennifer Yue Barber of Louisville (reappointment), an attorney, representing the state at large.