The Adams County Agricultural Society has found a successor for a former board member known for volunteering with someone who also has long helped out at the fairgrounds.
The Ag Society Board appointed Patrick Niles during the board’s monthly meeting on Tuesday to fill the remainder of former board member Randy Queen’s term. Queen moved out the county in June.
Board Chairman Justin Wahl said Niles will fit right in.
“He knows a lot about the rodeos,” he said. “Also he is a former 4-H’er and he loves to help out with the animals and the kids. I think he’ll be a great asset for the board.”
Niles, 28, who works for a local farmer, was involved in Adams County 4-H from age 5 to 18. He has long been a volunteer helping out with the Oregon Trail Rodeo and Nebraska High School Rodeo, Adams County Fairfest and anything else that needs done.
“I’ve ran in the past (for the Ag Society Board) and I’ve volunteered quite a few years out there and have grown out there with 4-H,” he said.
He lost by one vote to incumbent Trish Hinrichs while running for the Ag Society Board in 2016. That is also is when Queen was last re-elected.
Ag Society Board terms are three years.
Niles is very dedicated, Wahl said.
“He volunteers a lot of time out there at the facility, the way it is,” he said. “He’s won volunteer of the year, committee of the year, a lot of awards moving forward from there,” Wahl said. “He spends a lot of time out there volunteering. Anything he can to help, he will do it. I think that’ll really fit in to what we need out there, as well.”
Wahl said Niles fit all the needs the board was seeking to address. He said Niles will bring new ideas and knowledge of the rodeo to the board.
Niles’ young age did not come up when applicants were being evaluated for the vacancy.
“I really didn’t look at it that way, I just looked at someone who would be a really great asset for what we need,” Wahl said when asked whether Niles’ youth would be an attribute.