Fair Association names new board members

Bob Choiniere elected MCFA President

Posted 8/18/20

The Madison County Fair Association (MCFA) announced their Board of Directors for the new term via Facebook last week, which includes Bob Choiniere as MCFA President.

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Fair Association names new board members

Bob Choiniere elected MCFA President

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The Madison County Fair Association (MCFA) announced their Board of Directors for the new term via Facebook last week, which includes Bob Choiniere as MCFA President.

Choiniere served on the MCFA Board from 2013-19 before stepping aside last year because of the association’s rule requiring board members to take a year off after serving back-to-back terms. He stayed on as the association’s Ground Manager, however, and will now continue his long-standing involvement with MCFA and agriculture as the board’s president.

“I have been with (MCFA) as a parent, committee person or board member since 2003,” said Choiniere. “That is when my daughters were first eligible to show, and I have been involved ever since.

“Everything that gets accomplished is a team effort, it is never done by one individual. It is a great team effort that has been put into place under the leadership of (former MCFA President Karl Radde), and all the previous presidents we have had. I hope I am up to the challenge of doing the same things that our previous presidents have done, and that is to see our fair grow.”

Radde will now take the role of Vice President. It will be his final year with the board, he announced in an email detailing the new positions.

“It has been my great honor to serve the association as president these last four years and I look forward to assisting (Choiniere) transitioning to the role of president,” said Radde. “He brings his years of prior service on the board and his experience as a former Ag teacher to the association and I know he will do an awesome job.”

The annual meeting of the MCFA was held in conjunction with the drive-through exhibitor check pickup July 28. At the meeting, Choiniere, Jay Hardy, Amy Farris, Brian Baker and Jill Rouse were elected to serve three-year terms on the MCFA Board of Directors. Sara Hudson was also elected to fill Jon Blakley’s unexpired term.

Departing from the board, along with Blakley, were Mike Dutton, Auburn Rose and and Justin Rhodes.

At the Aug. 11 Board of Directors meeting, Choiniere was elected the new MCFA President. Other elected officers will include Radde (Vice President), Rouse (Secretary), Hardy (Treasurer) and Hudson (Reporter).

Clara Kelly was also hired to replace Laney Smith as show secretary.

“I want to thank (Smith) for all her hard work over the last several years, as she has been indispensable to the association during the time she has been with us,” said Radde.

Radde also included his thanks to all departing individuals for their dedication and service in the email.

“I am proud of all the work the MCFA has accomplished,” said Radde. “Especially the “2020 Drive-Through Fair” this year. I look forward to what the MCFA will continue to do for the youth of Madison County.”

Choiniere taught agriculture for five years in Bastrop and 13 years in Iola. He has also worked in the oilfield business as a member of a chemical company out of Teague.

As he readies to take over as president, Choiniere is looking to the association’s immediate past and his previous involvement for inspiration.

“Our fair was very diligent under the leadership of (Radde),” said Choiniere. “We thought outside the box and were able to find a way to have our (2020 fair) and stay within the state guidelines (in regards to the COVID-19 pandemic). Those are the kind of things that I think, moving forward, it will be important for us to able to do: think outside the box when conventional ways of doing things are not available.”

When asked about future plans for the association, Choiniere mentioned the possible pursuit of a Madison County Expo Center.

“We are in the stages of doing some planning and things of that nature,” said Choiniere. “That is one thing I think would bring a lot of business and growth to Madison County and a major project for us to undertake.”

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