The 125th anniversary edition of the Madison County Fair featured a revived fairgrounds with new buildings and fresh paint on most of the remaining structures. A positive energy swirled about the grounds as fresh sponsorial support bubbled up and spread over the in-town fairgrounds.
Dusty Parker, ag society president, said he heard “a lot of positive comments on the look of the fair.” He felt those positives outweighed the negatives, “if there were any.”
Parker said he observed full grandstands throughout the fair indicating good choices of special events by the ag society.
“That was impressive,” he said. “If you’ve got the grandstand packed, you know you did the right thing. Hopefully we’ll keep the energy going.”
Impressive also was the amount of work that boosted the fair to the next level, particularly from the junior fair board.
“In talking to other fair officials, Madison County is one of a few fairs where kids are actively involved,” Parker said.
Treasurer Brenda Roseberry said she remains in the midst of tabulating all the receipts from the gate and grandstand and withheld any comment either positive or negative on the attendance.
Giving an overview Roseberry described Monday and Tuesday as slow, because of what she described as potentially bad weather. “Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday were better,” she said.
She said she hopes receipts will be enough to pay the bills.
Parker said he’s welcoming “new blood” to the ag society board of directors, but laments that many, many years of experience is lost as four of the five positions will turn over. Les Walters, vice president and Brenda Roseberry, long-time treasurer, did not seek re-election. New board members include: Darrel Champer, Joe Henry, James Cress and Duane Powell.
Quinton Keeran retained his seat on the board. He called the attitude “continuing progress.”
“Speaking for myself and the board we’re excited to keep the changes coming and keep things happening for the kids and the community,” Keeran said.
Dean Shipley can be reached at (740) 852-1616, ext. 1617 or via Twitter @DeanAShipley.