Good Show

ORIGINALLY WRITTEN DON RATZLAFF
Hard work invested for a worthy volunteer assignment deserves commendation. The many volunteers required to pull off the Marion County Fair certainly deserve a huge pat on the back for the work that led to this past week’s successful event.

At a time when many rural county fairs struggle to maintain themselves, our impression is that our local event is bucking that trend. Fair Board President Vida Bartel reports that attendance was up this year and so were entrants in the 4-H and open-class exhibitions.

This didn’t happen magically. We’ve been impressed with the fair board’s effort in recent years to bring in new and additional features. This year, the women’s ranch rodeo premiered with a paid attendance of around 850-actually out-drawing the traditional rodeo for a one-night crowd. Curiosity may be a big reason for the initial response, but we think those who came liked what they saw and will come back again next year.

Another effective idea was to add local talent performances each evening in the pavilion. It gave rodeo an alternate option for entertainment. Reports are that the pavilion was full or close to full all three nights.

Considering the fair board found itself without a director about 10 days before the event, our fair board pulled off a minor miracle. Congratulations, and thanks for giving us four summer days to remember. -DR

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