Letters, July 29, 2015

County fair needs community support

Another Marion County Fair is in the books. I have been entering in the fair for over 20 years?ever since we moved to this area. Usually I am really excited to see all the exhibits, but this year the entries were down. I am sure there are many reasons for the decline?maybe the economy? I heard some were very disappointed in the less premium payout, but I am guessing the fair board is trying to keep the budget balanced. With the economy, everyone is having to tighten their belts, so this is no different, and any cuts/changes are usually not welcome.

I have enjoyed the fair all these years and don?t think I ever thanked the fair board for all their hard work all year. I don?t know them all personally, but the ones I know are good people trying to make the fair as good as they can for as many people as they can.

As I reflect on the fair, each individual in Marion County and all the visitors want to get something different from the fair. Some like the livestock shows, some the carnival, some the rodeo, and some like fair buildings to be full of entries. I am sure the fair board will consider all the feedback, the budget and the numbers and evaluate the data. I think we need to trust the fair board that they will put on the best fair they can next year and hope that the people of Marion County will continue to support with their entries and attendance.

Sally Andrews

Hillsboro

Thanks for the support shown to HHS band

Thank you to all who performed with or supported the Hillsboro High School and Community Band in the Marion County Fair Parade. Jost Fabricating provided the trailer, and Steve and Jeanie Bartel provided the truck.

Each of the musicians gave up time for evening rehearsals and the parade. The high school band members performing were Marah Franz, Allison Maxfield, Amanda Bartel, Ellian Weisbeck, Sarah Diener, Eva Franz, and Grace Major. Special thanks go to the following community members who performed: Chris Barlow, Jon Carey, Larry Ediger, Paul Epp, Steve Hanneman, Doug Sisk, Randy Stepanek, and Joey Walter.

Finally, thank you to the well-wishers who were applauding and shouting your encouragement during the parade. You made the performance a lot of fun!

Bruce Major

Hillsboro