We've got to promote our community

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By The Staff

The Kentucky State Fair is a showcase for what Kentucky has to offer. That's why we were disappointed to find that Taylor County wasn't represented in the "Pride of the Counties" display.

The Tourism Commission and Chamber of Commerce boards of directors elected not to participate this year. And neither City nor County governments nor any other local agency chose to pick up the ball.

Marilyn Clarke, tourism director, said it takes many volunteers to man a booth at the state fair and, in the past, even when there were those who volunteered, not all of them showed up to work.

The responsibility certainly shouldn't all fall to Clarke. With so many choosing to stay closer to home on their vacations during these difficult economic times, we hope some local organization decides to pick up that ball and run with it by the time next year's state fair rolls around.

On the state fair Web site, it reads, "Every county in Kentucky has a different story to tell and the Kentucky Farm Bureau Insurance Companies Pride of the Counties exhibit area gives them an opportunity to do just that. Fairgoers can take an exciting trip around the state without ever leaving the grounds as they pass through each exhibit, seeing many of the wonderful things the Commonwealth has to offer.

"Each county reveals its unique society and industry in displays of items ranging from historic objects and crafts to local treasures and commercial commodities. Fairgoers will be able to learn many interesting and historical facts about the Bluegrass State. Booths contain information on everything from the lakes of Kentucky to the floral clock in Frankfort to the birthplace and boyhood home of Abraham Lincoln in Larue County."

Last year, 62 Kentucky counties participated - and Taylor County was one of them, as it had been for years before that. This year, 66 counties participated.

A booth at the state fair is a great way to promote a community's offerings.