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Let's make next year's Fillmore County Fair even better

Fri, Jul 25th, 2008
Posted in Commentary

The Fillmore County Fair has now concluded for 2008. Though some may feel that there are many aspects to criticize, I think we should take a few moments to think about all the positives of our local county celebration.

Most agree the Fillmore County Fair centers around the Fillmore County 4-H program; the youth and families who are involved. All the 4-H judging competitions and events are family oriented, free, and open to the public. You can view at least nine different species and learn about them from the youth or the information supplied by the judge during the shows. There are also general exhibits on every subject imaginable.

Another positive of our Fillmore County Fair is the healthy family environment. Our law enforcement didn't have to deal with any violent incidents or crimes. This rural fair is where a 5-year-old child can be lost and the whole fairgrounds are looking for them. During the demolition derby they make the announcement and the child is found safe in the grandstand.

The cost of our county fair is also a positive - it is free. Parking is free if you choose to walk a block; otherwise it is only $2 per day or $7 for a 5-day pass (that's only $1.40 per day.)

Although the county fair didn't offer a carnival this year, there were four different inflatable's each day. They were safe with no moveable parts to fall off and they were not under surveillance for possible hazards. They were also operated by clean-cut staff.

There were other free aspects of the fair with two open-class livestock shows and the Preston Historical Society's display in the "old" one-room school house. The fair also offered free evening shows in the big tent with at least one being sponsored by local businesses.

So how can we help to make the fair even better? We can volunteer to help. If you are a business, consider sponsoring a show or event. If you are an organization, help plan an activity for fairgoers. If you are a community in Fillmore County, adopt a day at the fair. If you are an individual, volunteer to help with some of the many tasks that need completing to hold a successful five-day fair, or consider serving on the Fair Board as one of the directors. There are three directors from each of the five commissioner districts.

Next year is the 150th Fillmore County Fair. Let's help make it an even better county fair!

Sheila Craig lives in Preston.

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