07-17-18 Learn more about the Proposed Ag Innovation Event Center and the 103rd Yuma County Fair…

Learn more about the Proposed Ag Innovation Event Center and the 103rd Yuma County Fair…

(The BARN / FarmCast Radio – Briggsdale, CO) July 17, 2018 – For 103 years the Yuma County Fair has gained the reputation over a wide area as having one of the finest County Fairs in Colorado and this year there are numerous reasons to come out and support the event and check out the plans for a NEW Ag Innovation Event Center too.

Joining the BARN by telephone is Dave Vondy, Business, Public Relations and Fundraising Consultant On the Ag Innovation Event Center to discuss the new facility at the Yuma County Fairgrounds and also preview the 2018 Yuma County Fair…



Ag Innovation Event Center

Summer Celebration & Party Under the Big Tent

Tuesday, August 7, 2018


A special thanks to Tent Sponsors Nutrien Ag Solutions and West Plains Commodities.  A special thanks to Darcy Stallings for the Tables and Chair donations!

Live Auction Items:

Draft as of 7/31/18 – Accepting additional live and silent auction donations as soon as possible for the event.  Please reach out to anyone associated with the Ag Innovation Event Center for more information…

*** Draft – Some items may switch positions in the live and silent auction depending on what additional items get donated… A final master list will be available the day of the auction. Thanks for your support! ***

  1. 2 CSU Football Tickets to the “Ag Day Game” versus Illinois State, 2 Ag Day BBQ Meal Passes and a parking pass to the “Ag Day” September 22, 2018 at the new CSU On Campus Stadium: Sonny Lubick Field at Canvas Stadium. Colorado agricultural growers and producers prepare Colorado’s premier outdoor barbeque from quality Colorado food products. (Donated by the Bob & Darlene Carpio Family)
  2. 10,000 Bushels of grain (corn or wheat) in the next calendar year to be picked up and delivered to CHS free of freight charge for CHS customers or future clients. CHS is willing to come and pick up grain within a 50-mile radius of the Yuma Stations. Estimated value $1,500 – $2,000. (Donated by Mr. John Ptacnik of CHS Yuma.)
  3. John Elway Autographed Football (Donated by Rob Nelson, Mirr Ranch Group)
  4. Trip 1 – National Western Stock Show & Rodeo Finals Tickets January 2019. Enjoy one of the biggest ag events in Colorado.  Get up close with 4 row 8 tickets by the bucking chutes for the NWSS Rodeo Finals.  The 4 tickets also include NWSS grounds admission as well.  Make your plans to be there in January for the National Western Stock Show!  (Donated by the Wagon Wheel Ranch)
  5. Vacation Trip 2 – Mexico Resort for 4 Nights (Quick Get-a-way)
  6. Jim Powell Art Collection Galary I – Windmill Collection. Signed Limited Edition Art with Custom Framing, Conservation grade glass (acid free mat and backing) (Donated by Jim Powell) (Frames donated by Simply Frames & Blach Services, LLC.) Estimated Value $400 each.
    1. Windmill A
    2. Windmill B
    3. Windmill C
  7. Memorabilia Package I: Denver Broncos Sports Memorabilia (Choice of 3)
    1. Elway/Manning Super Bowl Collage
    2. Peyton Manning Touch Down Record
    3. Von Miller Super Bowl 50 MVP
  8. Jody Buck Custom Art Piece “Colorado Ag” 16”x20”x75” Mixed Media
  9. Vacation Fishing Trip 3 – High Mountain Drifters Guide Service Half a Day Gunnison, CO Float Fishing Trip in the Gunnison Country – Gunnison, Colorado Spring/Sumer 2019 (Via Trade from Western State Colorado University Athletics & Jed Gleghorn) Overnight hotel lodging compliments of All-American Consulting in the Gunnison, CO area.
  10. Ballyneal Golf for 4 on one of the greatest sand hill courses in the world. Get away from it all and enjoy the pleasant peacefulness of Ballyneal Golf located in the sandhills between Wray and Holyoke, CO.  An amazing course and opportunity. (Donated by George Seward & Seward Family Farms)
  11. Memorabilia Package II: Celebrities (Choice of 3)
    1. So God Made a Farmer – Paul Harvey
    2. Johnny Cash & Elvis Presley
    3. Triple Crown Winner – Justify
  12. Farmers Package: 130 acres of aerial or ground application to keep your crops looking great. (Donated by Yuma Ag)
  13. Lisa Blach Custom Art Piece
  14. Trip 4 – 2019 Cheyenne Frontier Days Wyoming Get-A-Way Packages: Enjoy the wild west with a great day of festive events. Start the day with 4 tickets in the CFD Box Suites above the famous Cheyenne Frontier Day Bucking Chutes and witness some of the greatest cowboys and cowgirls in the world. Wrap the day up with 4 tickets to the evening concert to make a great memory! (Donated by Lex Madden, Michael Schmitt & Chuck Petersen of Torrington Livestock & Cattle Country Video).
  15. Karl Mecklenburg (Denver Broncos Ring of Fame Linebacker from the 80’s & 90’s) (Autograph jersey donated by All-American Consulting. Frame and matte donated by Simply Frames & Such)
  16. Custom Built Cowboy Knife by artist Kerry Weed with choice of wood or antler handle of winners choice and inlaid with winning bidders brand, sheath included. These custom one of a kind Cowboy Knifes have brought over $1,000 at other benefit auctions. See Kenny Rogers for more details…(Donated by Kerry Weed)
  17. Vacation Trip 5 – Napa Valley, CA (Appetite for Wine Tour) Enjoy the best of California Wine County in this amazing package.
  18. Memorabilia Package II: Golf Enthusiasts (Choice of 3)
    1. Tiger / Jordan “Golfing”
    2. Palmer & Nicklaus “Smokin”
    3. Celebrity Tin from a Celebrity Golf Tournament (Donated by Rob Nelson, Mirr Ranch Group)
  19. Trip Hunting Package 6 – Prairie Storm Hunting Package (Prairie View, KS – East of Norton, KS) – 2 Person Quail / Pheasant Hunt in January 2019. Includes overnight stay in the Prairie Storm Hunting Lodge. (Donated by Prairie Storm Outfitting & All-American Consulting)
  20. Jim Powell Art Collection Galary II – Signed Limited Edition Farm & Ranch Art with Custom Framing, Conservation grade glass (acid free mat and backing) (Donated by Jim Powell) (Frames donated by Simply Frames & Blach Services, LLC.) Estimated Value $400 each.
    1. Harvest Night
    2. Cowboy Sunset Walk
    3. Cowboy Sunset Silhouette
  21. Vacation Trip 7 – Mexico Luxury for 7 Nights (Luxury Package) More details to come…
  22. Shaw Family Guided Antelope Hunt in the Yuma County Area. Join the Shaw family this October 2018 for a one-of-a-kind private land owner voucher antelope hunt. Available to in-state or out-of-state hunter.
  23. Ty Blach Major League Baseball (MLB) Memorabilia (Donated by Ty Blach & the Blach Family) (TBD)
  24. Vacation Trip 8 – One Day of Magic at the Masters (Golfers Dream) More details to come…
  25. Memorabilia Package IV – Baseball
    1. Colorado Rockies Legends
    2. Babe Ruth & Lou Gehrig
    3. Joe Dimaggio & Marilyn Monroe
  26. Vacation Fishing Trip 8 – Guided Wyoming Fly Fishing Trip, Blue Ribbon Trout Steam in Casper, Wyoming. Donated by Coach Mark Lenhardt & All-American Consulting via Jed Gleghorn Hunt Trade.
  27. Custom ”Red Angus Calf” Art Drawing by Alyse Wenstrom.
  28. Vacation Trip 5 – TBD
  29. Denver Broncos – Super Bowl Rings Box Set
  30. Your Donation Item here…
  31. Meat Package (Choice)
  32. 20 pounds of fresh salmon fresh off of a fishing trip, (Donated by Bryan Dickson & Simplot Soilbuilders)

Silent Auction Items:

  1. Barbie Miner Items TBD
  2. Studio 909 Hair Salon Gift Package
  3. Private dog obedience lesson – one hour. One handler and one dog to train with an American Kennel Club Canine Good Citizen Evaluator in Yuma or Sterling within the next three months. $100 retail each of two lessons. (Total retail $200) (Donated by Tammy Fehringer, American Kennel Club Canine Good Citizen (CGC) Evaluator)

Draft as of 7/24/18 – Accepting additional live and silent auction donations as soon as possible for the event.  Please reach out to anyone associated with the Ag Innovation Event Center for more information…

Thanks for all your support and contributions!

Ag Innovation Event Center

Yuma County – CO

Executive Board

Dave Blach, President

Kenny Rogers, Vice President

Gary Hoffner, Treasurer

Nicole Frank, Secretary

Curt Fix

Michelle Smith

Business Committee

Andrea Anderson

David Blach

Chris Blecha

Reece Bowman

Bob Carpio

Curt Fix

Nicole Frank

Rob Harding

Kim Langley

Dan Seedorf

Michelle Smith

Business, Marketing & Fundraising Consultant

Dave Vondy, All-American Consulting

Grant Writer

Tammy Fehringer

General Committee

Jaden Blach

Duane Brown

Daniel Gonzales

Jed Gleghorn

Kim Langley

Joel Lemons

Maggie Metzler

JoLynn Midcap

Ross Morris

Chad Richards

Sonya Shaw

Dwain Weinrich

Ag Innovation Event Center Fundraising Committee, *Executive Board Member

Dave Vondy – Consultant

Bob Carpio

David Blach*

Jared Coughlin

Justin Coughlin

Steve Coughlin

Jed Gleghorn

Gary Hoffner*

Kenny Rogers*

Michelle Smith*

7/17/18 Press Release – Ag Innovation Event Center – Yuma County – Colorado 

The Ag Innovation Event Center Executive Board would like to invite you to the upcoming Yuma County Fair and festivities.  On Tuesday, August, 7, 2018 we will be hosting an Ag Innovation Event Center Summer Celebration & Party Under the Big Tent!  We will have a live band starting right after the PRCA Rodeo around 3:00 pm on the north side of the rodeo grounds of the Yuma County Fair.  Between sets of the live band, we will have a fundraising auction for the Ag Innovation Event Center.  The live band and live fundraising auction will go from around 3:00 – 5:30pm.
We will have a variety of fundraising auction items including vacation packages, sports memorabilia, celebrity memorabilia, hunting packages, CSU Football ticket packages and a host of other live auction items.  Those interested in donating to the auction can contact Dave Vondy, Ag Innovation Event Center Consultant or any of the Ag Innovation Executive Members: David Blach, Gary Hoffner, Kenny Rogers, Michelle Smith, Nicole Frank, or Curt Fix.  We greatly appreciate all of the support received so far.
“This will be a great event and we are looking forward to seeing everyone,” noted David Blach, President of the Ag Innovation Event Center.  “The last year has been very successful and we have been able to hire a grant writer in Tammy Fehringer to coordinate our grant writing processes. Additionally, we have hired Dave Vondy of All-American Consulting to serve as our Business, Public Relations & Fundraising Consultant.  We are excited to see the momentum continue to rise for the Ag Innovation Event Center,” stated David Blach.
“Over the last couple of years we have formed the executive committee and supporting committees to analysis and prioritize needs to take the project to the next level,” noted Kenny Rogers, Vice Chair. “We have a passion for agriculture and we want to see that passed on to the next generations.”
The executive members and Dave Vondy are working to collect fundraising auction items to prepare for the upcoming fundraising auction August 7, 2018.  If you, your business or family would like to donate to the auction, please contact any of the members associated with the Ag Innovation Event Center and they can coordinate some options. “We have a big feasibility study coming up that we will need to pay for to get this project to the next level.  There are many pieces and steps to go through.  The Ag Innovation Event Center is a culminating dream of many individuals and we are working with the communities and stakeholders to negotiate and work through each of the next steps to move this project forward. It is a very worthwhile project for the tri-state region and we want to build a multi-purpose facility that has something for everybody,” stated David Blach, Ag Innovation Event Center President.
“We would love to see everyone out for the event Tuesday, August, 7, 2018.  It should be a fun event for everyone to get involved with and have a great summer celebration, a special thanks to all those who have and contribute to support the Ag Innovation Event Center and the vision for our future,” Ag Innovation Event Center Executive Board.

Ag Innovation Event Center Summer Celebration & Party Under the Big Tent!
Live Band & Live Fundraising Auction
3 – 5:30 PM
Tuesday, August 7, 2018
(Look for the big tent north of the Yuma County Fair Rodeo Arena)
Proceeds to benefit the Ag Innovation Event Center Project!
Save the date and invite your friends!

Respectfully submitted,
Dave Vondy,
Ag Innovation Event Center Business, Public Relations & Fundraising Consultant

Check out the promotional video for the proposed Ag Innovation Event Center at the Yuma County Fairgrounds