The 2014 Appanoose County Fair is dedicated to Curtis Sebolt in appreciation for the many years of dedication to the Appanoose County Fair.
Sebolt has lived in Appanoose County all of his life. He first became involved in the fair by joining the Franklin Farmhands 4-H Club as a member. Several years later he became one of their assistant leaders. He was then asked to serve on the fair board in 1973, where he served as the beef superintendent for 10 years, vice president for five years and president for 31 years. He has served on the board for a total of 41 years.
He became interested in the Association of Iowa Fairs and was elected to the district board, serving as vice president and then president. Several years later he advanced to the state level and served nine years, becoming vice president and then president in 2004.
While in 4-H, Sebolt received several awards, some of which were beef showmanship, Grand Champion steer, Champion Angus steer, 4-H Chicago trip, livestock judging team, County 4-H officer, Honorary 4-H member, Fair Dad, 4-H Hall of Fame 2004, 4-H Alumni award 2012, Association of Iowa Fairs Hall of Fame award for Outstanding and Dedicated Service to Iowa Fairs in 2012. He served on the Adult 4-H Committee and several others over the years.
Sebolt was always willing to help out in the community whenever possible. He was selected by the Jaycees as the Outstanding Young Farmer. He also helps with Pancake Day by frying pancakes and still helps in the trailer mixing the batter.
The things that he enjoyed the most at the fair was helping the kids with their projects when he could. He loved to watch them get their projects prepared and then show them, not only the animals but the Home Economic projects as well.
The fair has always been a family affair, starting with Sebolt’s grandad, Jess Exline, who built the horse barn that was destroyed by fire recently. He also built some of the other buildings on the fairgrounds. Sebolt’s dad served on the fair board before him and now his son, Craig, has served on the board with him for several years.