New Dairy Barn officially opens


ROCKSPRINGS — Dairy cattle at the Meigs County Fair now have a new home.

The ribbon cutting for the Ohio Valley Bank Dairy Barn, featuring Roy and Pat’s Dairy Lane, officially opened on Monday morning with a ribbon cutting ceremony.

The Holter family has long been part of the Meigs County Fair and agriculture in the area, with the fourth generation of the family, great-grandson Porter Webb, taking part in the Dairy Cattle PeeWee Showmanship on Monday morning following the barn opening.

Webb and his great-grandmother Pat Holter were two of the representatives from the Holter family who cut the red ribbon to officially open the barn. Also taking part in the ribbon cutting were Roy and Pat Holter’s children Jan, Ann, Alan and Ed, along with Ohio Valley Bank representatives Branch Manager Dan Short and President/CEO Tom Wiseman.

Roy Holter, who passed away last year, established the Holter Holsteins Farm in 1946, along with his parents, Homer and Ada Holter. Since that time, the Holter children and grandchildren have joined in the family farm.

Over the years, he has served on the Farm Bureau, the grange and was a past member and President of the Meigs County Fair Board, among other roles.

The building, located in the area of the cattle barn (which now houses beef cattle) and the Ridenour Family Livestock Arena, the new dairy barn is a combination of grant funding and local contributions.

Senior Fair Board President Wes Karr stated that all fairs in the state were eligible to apply for a maximum $100,000 grant which was a 50-50 split between grant and local match. Meigs County applied for the maximum, which allowed for the barn construction, as well as upgraded electrical in the camping and midway areas.

Locally, Ohio Valley Bank donated $16,000 toward the local match, with the Pat Holter family donating $14,000 toward the project. In addition to the naming of the barn and the walk way, the large fan in the barn is in memory of Roy Holter.

Karr said that the donations and the grant, allowed for the additional electrical work to be completed, in addition to the barn.

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Pat Holter, seated, and her great-grandson Porter Webb cut the ribbon for the Ohio Valley Bank Dairy Barn which features Roy and Pat’s Dairy Lane in memory of Roy Holter and in honor of Pat Holter.
http://www.mydailysentinel.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14/2017/08/web1_8.15-Dairy-Barn-1.jpgPat Holter, seated, and her great-grandson Porter Webb cut the ribbon for the Ohio Valley Bank Dairy Barn which features Roy and Pat’s Dairy Lane in memory of Roy Holter and in honor of Pat Holter.

The Ohio Valley Bank Dairy Barn, featuring Roy and Pat’s Dairy Lane, is located near the Ridenour Family Livestock Arena at the Meigs County Fairgrounds.
http://www.mydailysentinel.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14/2017/08/web1_8.15-Dairy-Barn-3.jpgThe Ohio Valley Bank Dairy Barn, featuring Roy and Pat’s Dairy Lane, is located near the Ridenour Family Livestock Arena at the Meigs County Fairgrounds.

By Sarah Hawley

shawley@aimmediamidwest.com

Sarah Hawley is the managing editor of The Daily Sentinel.