Support the fair’s big carnival

If you haven’t already heard, the Marion County Fair Association has landed the biggest of fishes for this year’s event. I’m talking about Wagner’s Carnival, which is the biggest and best one we have ever had since I can remember. It is so big that part of West D Street running along the north side of the fairgrounds will need to be blocked off to accommodate it.

I am hoping everyone who has kids or grandkids will step up this year and buy wristbands for the ones who will enjoy it the most. When I was a kid I always looked forward to the fair and the carnival rides. The ones we had when I was a teenager would look amateur compared with what is coming to town in July.

I invite you to check out the carnival’s website at

Everything I have heard and read about this company is first rate. If we want them back again, it will take a big effort on our part to make them glad they came. So, in addition to our kids and grandkids, how about inviting their cousins and friends from anywhere.

This year’s fair books are now available and can be found at locations around the county. See the ad on Page 6B, which tells you where.

It’s time to prepare your entries for 4-H and open classes.

Following is a letter to the editor seen in the Northern Wyo­ming Daily News in Worland.

Headline: Objection from a former sailor

“To the editor, I object and take exception to everyone saying that President Obama and Congress are spending money like a drunken sailor. As a former drunken sailor, I quit when I ran out of money. (signed) Bruce L. Hargraves, Retired USN, Worland.

I understand we had three storms come through this area during Friday night. When the power went out in the house around 10:30 p.m., I flipped the light switches I knew would be off, and pulled the plug on everything else and went to bed.

I think it’s a good thing to be a sound sleeper but probably not if I was by myself.

When I went out walking the next morning, I noticed a pile of vinyl in the gutter just down the street from the office. My first thought was that part of someone’s roof blew off. As I got closer, I realized the Free Press sign had blown off the building.

We had been wanting to take it down for some time but just hadn’t gotten around to it. I’m glad it came off at night and didn’t hit anyone on the ground.

I’ve always said it should always rain and storm at night.

A week ago we received a document from the Kansas Press Association about protecting a newspaper from a disaster. I read through all of the things to consider when preparing for bad things such as flood, wind, tornado, fire and decided it would be a daunting task to be fully ready.

I think tornado and fire would be our two biggest risks. If it floods in downtown Hills­boro, it would be time to call in the Ark.

Then, over the weekend, a large fire in downtown Ells­worth consumed the Ellsworth County Independent-Reporter and destroyed most everything, including computers and their morgue of newspapers.

A press release stated the staff plan to have a fantastic paper out this week, and on time.

Apparently they were ready for the worst.

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