Thanks to all the volunteers at our county fairs

Some county fairs are wrapping up. Others are yet to come.

All of these local happenings are held in the best traditions of county fairs and agricultural gatherings that have been a highlight of the summer season for generations of people living in our
communities.

Participation in the fairs, both by individuals and organizations, is more often than not a family affair. It’s not rare to find folks today working behind the scenes at our area fairs who once were proudly showing animals and displaying projects as young 4-H’ers or FFA members.

This generational aspect of fair life is just one of the expressions of successful longevity of the Mecosta County Agricultural Free Fair, and others as well.

Each year during fair week in both Mecosta and Osceola counties, and around the state, thousands of kids take part in a wide variety of events and projects. Hundreds of parents and grandparents join in as club leaders, barn supervisors and project developers.

Almost all are volunteers.

And there are many, Many, MANY other volunteers who make fair week so special.

Members of the Rotary and other fraternal and civic groups do their part. The Sheriff’s Posse are on hand.

And a quiet but exceptionally busy group of folks on the Fair Board and in attendant capacities make sure everything is in place and ready to go; runs smoothly when the week begins; and is cleaned up when the fair ends.

In many ways, the fairs and the 4-H participation in the same create an environment of participation, volunteerism and good clean fun for individuals, families, neighbors and friends.

We salute the many volunteers who made the Mecosta and Marion fairs a success this past week.

We offer out thanks to those volunteers still looking at the work ahead in the Osceola and Montcalm fairs and, indeed, in local festivals such as Troutarama in Lake County.

These events bring out the best in each community, and the spirit of volunteerism makes each and every one of the celebrations just that much more special.

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