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Volunteers make a fair go ‘round

Volunteers are a huge part of many non-profit organizations and the Woodford County Fair is no exception. The fair relies on volunteers for events throughout the year, especially during the annual county fair. With a tight budget, these volunteers are definitely what keep the association on a continuous path to success.

With a wide variety of committees, it is easy for volunteers to find a niche that appeals to them at the county fair. From entertainment, to animals, to finances, to maintenance, and beyond, for both the young and the old, the options await those who want to help.

“The fair would not be possible without the support of the volunteers,” said Mary Lou Watkins, President of the Woodford County Fair Association.

Her interest in the fair began when her children were in 4-H over 30 years ago. As a 4-H leader for several years, she spent so much time with the 4-H activities at the fair that she joined the Fair Association. She has been involved in many aspects of the fair through her years of service.

Through directors, their families and other friends of the fair, many volunteers are brought in for the annual fair. All of these volunteers appreciate the fact that the fair is such a community tradition, and they want to help keep it a place for their kids and grandkids as well.

The fair is important to the entire community and especially for area youth. But things have changed. We need to step out of that comfort zone and stay competitive because of other activities in the community.

With this in mind, the Fair Association is hosting an informational session on the 2018 fair on Monday, Feb. 19, at 7 p.m. at Payton Hall, Woodford County fairgrounds. Learn more about the Association and what it does to bring the best week of entertainment possible to Woodford County. This is your opportunity to be a part of the fun and excitement of planning a fair. Learn more about livestock shows, motorsports, horse shows, exhibits, pageants and special events. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, call 502-219-0806. With unrelenting support and interest from Woodford County citizens and volunteers, the fair will continue to grow into an event where generations will keep the rural and urban communities united in the county fair tradition.

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