To the Editor:
Some folks measure the success of our fair by the number of attendance. After attending our fair for nine days, I think a different measurement of success is needed. In the past we have watched our attendance grow and continue to break records; however, as I enjoyed the fair, it was apparent to me that our volunteers added the extra enthusiasm to make this a successful fair. With our temperatures in the 90s and high humidity, it would be easy for our folks to be hot and irritable. Instead they were happy - smiling and helping others to enjoy the fair. Our volunteers made this fair successful.
Even when the rains came they went out of their way to help our guests. I saw Mike Cox carting folks who needed help. He shared with me that many folks just needed a ride when it got either too hot or they just got too tired. Robert Cash was another who was always on the go, carting folks all over the fairgrounds. I was carrying a load to my booth, and Hale Moss (Mr. Wilson County Fair himself) gave me a ride. One evening, while I was working at the Gideon booth, a little boy came up to us and shared that his parents were lost. Mike Dunn stayed with him until officers from the sheriff's department came. Soon he was reunited with his parents, but just another example of everyone working together to make our fair wonderful.
To whoever cleaned the grounds each day - wow - my hat is off to that team! Each day when the fair opened, the trash was picked up, garbage cans emptied, and everything was in great shape. Not only did our volunteers and fair board members work together to make this a great fair for all of our visitors, this fair helps Wilson County to stay connected as a community. Hundreds of old friends and neighbors have the opportunity to stay connected in real life - face-to-face - not just on Facebook. A handshake, warm embrace and a smile are much different in person.
Our law enforcement was so professional. They were an integral part of our safety at the fair. I want to thank each of the men and women who served to protect us.
Helen McPeak and staff - fair board members, volunteers, vendors, law enforcement and guests who just came - enjoyed one of the best fairs in the world!
Yes, a big THANK YOU to everyone who helped make this year a wonderful success at the Wilson County Fair.
State Rep. Mark Pody