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It was an honor to help with the 2011 Taylor County Fair. The few overworked, unpaid fair board members have so many tasks to do throughout the year. There are months of pre-planning, but the weeks before and during the fair can be overwhelming.
There is constantly something to do, such as seeking sponsors and donations, mowing, spraying, weed eating, hanging banners, hanging and watering the beautiful flowers, building the stage, stocking the concessions, setting up gates and tedious daily upkeep of the grounds by picking up litter and emptying the garbage cans.
It's no surprise that good help is often hard to find, especially when the job doesn't pay at all. I am appreciative of this group of dedicated men and women who are committed to building something to represent our community in a positive way. The fair board works very hard without pay, thanks or recognition. They do it simply because they care.
Special thanks to our most valuable volunteer, Roger Brooks. He is reliable, efficient and pleasant to work with and a blessing to everyone. He became a part of our local county fair through his dedicated participation. Without a single complaint, Roger worked with us nearly every night of the fair, regardless of the heat or the late hours. One night when it was time to leave, Roger told me that he couldn't leave until the bleachers were all cleaned up. He just would not leave them a mess. That is one example of Roger's work ethic and, I believe, is praiseworthy.
Our sponsors are invaluable, so special thanks to all of them. We couldn't do it without you. Everyone has something they can contribute, even if it is not money. Share your thoughts, ideas and help us to make each year's fair bigger and better. I encourage each of you to become involved in our community for the sake of our youth.
If you want to become involved, visit our website at www.taylorcountyfair.org and look up Taylor County Fair on Facebook.
Taylor County Fair Board