Thanks to all who make the fair go

Posted: Sunday, September 05, 2010

Well, another Kenai Peninsula State Fair in Ninilchik has come to a close. With sunshine and support from the community, what success we enjoyed. A fair doesn't just happen, though, and 4-H would like to thank everyone who helped before, after and during the event! To the fair managers who made such an effort to accommodate 4-H families and honor our own Matti Martin, we say a huge thank you!

To the many people who attended the fair and the businesses and individuals who specifically came to the 4-H Market Livestock auction to bid, buy and support, our heartfelt thanks go to you! Thanks to the Soldotna Rotary Club and the many members who help for sponsoring the auction; to our faithful Rotarian accountant, Bob Lambe; to barbecue master, Carrol Martin; to Norm Blakeley who has been our auctioneer for more years than either he or I like to think about; to Dr. Jerry Nybakken and State Veterinarian Bob Gerlach who come every year to check the animals before they enter the fairgrounds. The many donations that are made by local businesses are received gratefully!

No fair just happens. Listing every volunteer who helps make things happen would be impossible. Everyone just pitches in and the jobs get done. The whole cycle reminds me of the pictures of my grandpa's huge team of horses pulling the threshing machine -- all working together! The 4-H building exhibits get judged and results are recorded. All the animals (from rabbits to beef) are weighed, vet checked, entered, cleaned, judged, showed, sold or returned home. Kids are judged for showmanship and herdsmanship. And all this has to have a paper trail. Tents go up and come down, meat and beans are barbecued, pens are cleaned, breakfasts are served. But the amazing thing is, most everyone has a fun time doing all of that and the crazy wheelbarrow races and water fights make all the work fade as families get to know each other and enjoy the busyness that fair brings. So I want to say a heartfelt thank you to all the wonderful folks who make the fair what it is: a lot of work, but a lot of fun and excitement! And even more, an opportunity for kids to grow and learn!

Nancy Veal

Kenai Peninsula 4-H

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