Published On: Wed, Feb 1st, 2012

Heine earns State Fair group’s highest honor

HARTINGTON —Dedicated, hardworking and enthusiastic were the three words used to describe Allen Heine as he was honored as the “Fair Person of the Year” at the 2012 Nebraska Association of Fair Mangers Convention held in Kearney.
Heine has served on the Cedar County Fair Board for a quarter of a century, taking on leadership roles as the Ag Society president for two years and secretary for eight years.

Several members of Heine’s family, which included his six sons, were in attendance at the Convention when the award was announced.
Greg Heine, one of Allen’s sons, is currently serving on the Ag Society Board along with his father.
Greg is the youngest member on the board while his father is the oldest board member.
“Heine is a caring and compassionate person and he always has a smile,” said Don Maxon, President of the NE Assoc. of Fair Board Managers, as he  presented the award to  Heine.
The last time a board member from Cedar County was presented the award was in 2003 when Clarice Holm was the recipient.
Heine’s hard work to help make the Cedar County Fair a successful event each summer is a year long process. From acquiring and updating property insurance policies, lining up judges for competitions, managing and filing budget documents and searching out his share of sponsorships for the event, Heine portrays enthusiasm and commitment as a fair board member.
Heine has represented the board at the Zone Five Conference the last four years.
Cedar County Fair’s history of success would not be what it is today without Heine according to the Cedar County resident who nominated Heine for the award.
Heine has served as chairman for open class events, AK-SAR-BEN Farm Family Awards and school exhibits for the past ten years. He has also served as chairman of the commercial exhibits for three years.
Heine has computerized open class entries, the exhibitor list and premium payout for the event. He worked on re-writing the Ag Society rules, policies and procedures for exhibitors, vendors and superintendents to follow at the fair and helped secure a “Best of Show” award for all open class entries and cash awards.
According to Heine, the Cedar County Fair is a big summer event for all ages including little ones, teenagers and senior citizens.
“The Fair is a place where the community can come and see the exhibits which can be shown off and displayed with pride,” Heine said. “We have some terrific exhibits in open class, school, and 4-H.”
Heine is not afraid to get his hands dirty. He pitches in with cleaning fairground buildings, setting up exhibits and helping out with a variety of duties which includes opening up and closing fair buildings at the end of the day. He obtains the use of all-terrain vehicles which are utilized by fair board members at fair time.
Heine has served on numerous boards in his community including Goldenrod Hills Community Action Agency for 15 years, Center for Rural Affairs for nine years, Lewis & Clark NRD for nine years, Northeast Nebraska Agency on Aging for eight years, Missouri River Bank Stabilization Assoc for 19 years and the East/West School Lunch Board.
Heine has been a 4-H leader for the past 15 years.