First State Bank funds new fairground shelter house

By Patricia Beech

People’s Defender

A shelter house built by the First State Bank of Adams County is one of the newest features of the 2018 Adams County Fair.

Senior Fair Board PresidentLiz Lafferty called the 800-square-foot structure, “another great asset for the fairgrounds”.

“We have seen it packed all week with families, 4H groups, FFA groups, and the Junior Fair Board members,” said Lafferty. “It’s a wonderful gathering spot.”

Located near the center ring, the shelter house is handicapped accessible and features six coated picnic tables, also provided by the First State Bank (FSB).

According to FSB President and CEO, Mike Pell, the space will provide an additional site for activities, as well as a place for folks to gather and enjoy the fair.

“Our goal was to have the shelter house completed in time for use during the 2018 fair,” said Pell. “The agricultural community is so important to us and we were thrilled to build a shelter house that will be enjoyed by all fair-goers for generations to come.”

The shelter house project began in April and was completed in early summer. The building was completely funded by FSB and built by Larry Napier of Napier Construction.

Employees from FSB and members of the Adams County Fair Board on Friday, July 6 gathered at the fairgrounds for a ribbon-cutting ceremony to officially inaugurate the new structure.

Pell called the yearly fair “one of Adams County’s bright spots”.

“A few years ago our Leadership Adams organization inspired Liz Lafferty and others to breathe life into the fair and the fairgrounds,” he said. “We chose a contribution to the fairgrounds to support their efforts and to let them know they’re doing a wonderful job, and we’re proud to be a part of it.”

Adams County Commissioner Diane Ward called the shelter house a “wonderful addition” and praised FSB for providing the much-needed structure.

“It’s amazing that we’ve had people donating money to help build up our fairgrounds,” Ward said. “We’re all very grateful to Mike Pell and the First State Bank for stepping in to support our youth here in Adams County.”

First State Bank offers customers a full range of products including traditional, personal, commercial, and agricultural loans and deposit solutions. Additionally, FSB customers have the option of convenient online and mobile banking. FSB Mobil App users also now have the option of mobile check deposit, so check can be deposited anywhere, anytime.

Dedicated to providing exceptional customer service and high value products while enhancing shareholder value, FSB has been a trusted and respected community institution since 1884. With a loan production office in Clinton County and banking center locations in Adams, Brown, Highland, Fayette, and Hamilton Counties – all banking center operations and management are locally controlled.

The official ribbon cutting ceremony was held on July 6 for the new shelter house at the Adams County Fairgrounds, funded by First State Bank. (Provided photo) official ribbon cutting ceremony was held on July 6 for the new shelter house at the Adams County Fairgrounds, funded by First State Bank. (Provided photo)
Ribbon cutting ceremony held on July 6