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Wednesday, August 21, 2013 12:20 AM

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LIMA — The Lima Allen County Chamber of Commerce will induct Calvin Leimbach and J. Edgar Begg into the Allen County Agricultural Hall of Fame during Friday’s monthly Wake Rattle and Roll breakfast program at the Allen County Fairgrounds.

These two inductees are the very first to receive this distinction and according to the Chamber’s agri-business committee chair Beth Seibert, “The decision was obvious. Our goal with the Hall of Fame is to annually recognize local agriculturalists that have been instrumental to the success and excellence of agriculture in Allen County, either as a farmer or in an agriculturally related field. Both of our charter inductees truly reflect the award’s purpose of honoring and giving public recognition to those who have brought distinction to themselves, have made outstanding contributions to their professions and whose community involvement has served as a stimulus to others.”

Leimbach’s service to Allen County agriculture is largely defined by his 31 years of service (1951-1982) as the OSU Extension Ag Agent. Beyond that, his community service record is quite extensive and remarkable. Those that have worked with him the closest found his dedication to building relationships and cooperative efforts fundamental to his success.

Born and raised in Erie County, Leimbach not only made a career in Allen County, but he made it his home. Despite some health limitations, he and his wife Doris are expected to be present for the award ceremony Friday morning. Leimbach’s nomination came from the Chamber’s Ag Committee.

Begg was nominated by the Allen Soil and Water Conservation District as its first Board chair, critical to the formation of the local District and bringing the resources of the USDA Soil Conservation Service to Allen County in 1945. His nomination was co-sponsored by his grandson, Jay Begg. As a lifetime Monroe Township farmer, Edgar is cited with countless examples of innovation, progressive farming and excellence in production agriculture. His community leadership record is also very distinguished. Begg is being honored posthumously (1906-2003), but family members will be accepting the award during the presentation.

The Chamber invites the public to come out and participate in honoring these two individuals at the fairgrounds Friday. The Wake Rattle and Roll breakfast program starts promptly at 7:30 a.m. Cost of the event is $4 for members and $6 for non-members - includes continental breakfast. No advance registration is necessary for this program. The program will be conducted in the Youth Activities Building on the north end of the fairgrounds and parking at that time of the morning is generally wide open. There is no fair gate fee to attend this event.

 

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