Jay Begg is a lifelong resident of Allen County and is the sixth generation of his
family to live on and manage the family farm located in Monroe Township. Jay is married to Stephanie and they have raised
five children and have nine grandchildren (with grandchild number ten due in April, 2013).
Jay graduated from Columbus Grove High School and attended classes at OSU Lima. A 4-H member for ten years, Jay exhibited
dairy cattle at the Putnam County Fair and was active in the Allen County Dairy Service Unit, selling milk in the Fair Booth,
beginning at age 8 or 9 ("as soon as they trusted me to make change") and serving later as Treasurer of the organization. Jay
is a Director of the Allen County Cattlemen Association, served as President and is a recipient of The Cattlemen's Outstanding
Service Award. A long time member of the Allen County Farm Bureau, Jay served as the County President for four years. As
the Farm Bureau's representative on the Ottawa River Coalition, Jay served as Chairman of the Coalition in 2004. A graduate
of the 1994 Allen-Lima Leadership Class, Jay has served on the Allen-Lima Leadership Board of Directors. Jay's community
service also includes time spent on the Lima-Allen County Chamber of Commerce Board, the West Ohio Food Bank Board,
Lima-Allen County Convention and Visitor's Bureau, the Columbus Grove School Board and the Ohio Fair Manager's Association
Board of Directors.
Jay comes to the office of Commissioner as an active farmer and having recently retired after 17 years as Fair Manager and
secretary of the Allen County Agricultural Society. He became manager in December of 1995 overseeing the Allen County
Fair and the day to day activities of the Allen County Fairgrounds. Jay has long been active in the operation of the Allen
County Fair, as a 4-H advisor, assistant superintendent and a Director of the Allen County Agricultural Society for nine years
before becoming Fair Manager..
"Allen County has tremendous resources and opportunities. Through my service as Commissioner, I hope to build upon those strengths to keep Allen County a great place to live and raise a family."
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