The making of a community fair
1968. At a Lion's Club meeting, it was brought up that the club needed to form a community fair association. Jim McPherson stood up at the meeting and suggested the club hold a fair type event as was held in the past at individual local schools. The comment from the members felt that this fair idea was a thing of the past and it would no be successful at this present date or time. A member named Tim Bancroft also stood up and commented that Jim's idea was good and that he would help out the idea together if he wished. Three other members also stood up and agreed that they would help Jim and Tim look into and coordinate such an association. The idea was passed.
Jim proceeded to investigate other historical fair identities throughout the local areas. He put together a rough copy of fair type entries which included such items as animals, garden vegetables, table displays, photography, wine making, baking, quilting, etc.
There was some concern as to community participation.
The fair was slated to be held in the Rudolf barn on the Twelve Mile Coulee Road.
On the evening of the day previous to the event, it was calculated that only twelve event applications were received. Jim confirmed with the other working directors and it was decided the fair would be held in any case regardless as to the amount of entries received.
The morning of the fair, participants arrived leaving a total of over 120 entries! The fair was recorded as being successful, and has continued for the last 50 years, as of 2018.
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