Wow, it’s over! The Clarke County Fair is over for another year.
The ribbons and prize money has been picked up and the exhibits are back home. Thanks to the Boy Scouts the fairgrounds trash has been dumped and Lloyd has the track ready for the next tractor truck pull. As for the food stand, we had some rough night and some good nights, but everyone had fun. A large note of thanks go out to the unsung heroes of the grill, French fryer, the endless wrapping of sandwiches and let’s not forget the first volunteers you saw when you walked in door, the ladies and gents that had to yell over all the noise, “would you care for a drink”, I suspect they will be dreaming of sweet tea for months.
During the day the CC High School Honor Students were there every day with some help from a great group of volunteers from around the community. If they are the example of the next generation, then this country is truly blessed. At night we had some fantastic groups, like the Blue Ridge Hunt Club, the Clarke County employees, the Town of Berryville employees, Boy Scout Troop 34 and a special thanks to the St. Bridget’s church congregation, they came in and worked two different nights, truly a fantastic feat.
I must extend a special thanks to the Ruritan membership and the food stand co-chairmen and co-chairwomen, all who endured long hours, extraordinary demands on their time and energy and, in one case, a nasty fryer burn and for another, the recognition that he is destined to be the next “Fryer King”.
James “Sarge” Willis