Every year when I sit down and reflect back over the year and the upcoming Fair, I can't help but think of all the people that are involved in the Fair and come to the Fair every year. This past winter I was at a fundraiser auction with my family we met a family who attends the fair every year. Their 10 year old son was telling me how his favorite ride was the "Super Slide", which I told him was one of my favorite rides with my own kids. He then told me all the things he saw, all the food he got to eat and the animals he got to feed or pet, then told me that his "most favorite part of the fair was the curly piece of wood that he got from the Wood Turner in the demonstration area". That is what the fair is all about; creating memories no matter how big or small with families, kids, teens, and everyone; exposing people to things they otherwise never would be. The fair would not be the place we all love if not for that.
Over the winter here at the fair we were busy finishing up updates and improvements to Coolidge Hall. In addition, major renovations to Horse Barn and Stalls, which I know the Mounties will enjoy this year. The 2012 Fair Theme is "It's All About the Food"! As time is steaming ahead, we are working on both filling the 2012 Fair with new food and exciting entertainment! Some interesting food you will see at the Fair this year will be Fried Kool Aid, Fried Bubblegum, Fried Oreos, Pig in the Mud (for those of you not up on your interesting Fair food, that is bacon dipped in chocolate), and of course all the traditional favorites!
As always, I want to thank the office and grounds staff for all their hard work getting ready for this year. Of course all of our volunteers and exhibitors for whom help make the Fair so great, year after year.
Hope to see you at the Fair and hear your favorite part of "It's all About the Food"!
JAMES P. O'BRIEN
No Pets allowed at the Fair Except Guide Dogs
2013 Exhibitor's Handbook Coming Soon!