Confer active in Montgomery County
Dean Adkins - Tue, 07 Aug 2012 16:03:26 CDT
(Red Oak)---It doesn't matter if you're young or young-at-heart, our KMAland county fairs have a lot of meaning for folks and some are always willing to go the extra mile to make sure their local county fair is not only strong but on the right track for future growth. Kerry Confer of rural Red Oak is one of the folks.
Kerry and his wife, Amy, live on the family Century farm about five miles west of Red Oak where Kerry manages his corn-soybean-wheat rowcrop operation while also taking time to help Gary Querry on his ground as well. Amy works for the Red Oak school system. The Confers have three children; Matthew, Mark and Elizabeth. Matthew lives in Shenandoah with his wife, Kari while Mark resides in Omaha with his wife, Katie. The Confers are happy to announce two grandchildren are on the way this year as well!
Kerry says his crops are looking decent considering the heat and lack of moisture, thinking his corn might average around 120 to 140 bushels per acre at harvest this fall. The Confers also promote good conservation as plenty of terrace work has been taking place on the family farm this year. Just because Kerry uses older equipment on his farm doesn't mean it doesn't look great as you'll see his passion for the red iron as you make your way up the driveway. One look at the Farmall 806 or 1256 will let you know these tractors might be used daily but are still extremely well-cared for.
As for the fair, for Kerry it's the Montgomery County Fair in Red Oak, where he is President of the Fair Board. Active in the fair since he was a kid, Kerry took the reigns of President this year after 15 years on the board and is already moving aggressively ahead as initial plans are underway to build an 80' x 180' livestock barn in an area between the present white 4H exhibit building and the livestock show arena.
Room for the new facility would be made by tearing down the three existing old hog barns at that location. Kerry says the new building would tie in nicely with the white 4H exhibit building and the show arena barn, which was built in the 1950's. Kerry is excited about the possibility of a new livestock facility, but like everything else it's going to take money to make it happen.
If you'd like to learn more about what the board has planned and/or would like to make a donation to help get the project rolling, feel free to give Kerry a call at 712-621-0445. He'll tell you about some other available contacts in the video below. We thank Kerry Confer for his dedication to farming and to him and the rest of the board as they work hard to ensure the future growth of the Montgomery County Fair in Red Oak.