Monday, July 19, 2010

Volunteers at your county fair deserve recognition

All over rural America this summer, thousands of community-minded volunteers are braving record heat, thunderstorms and the inevitable hassles of a county fair to make theirs a success. Every fair has one or more volunteers who really make that happen, and they deserve recognition in the local news media and beyond.

My favorite fair volunteer is my wife, Patti Cross, and she is the subject of a very nice feature story by Kristina Betsworth and photos by Tricia Spaulding in today's edition of The State Journal in Frankfort, Ky., in the wake of last week's Franklin County Fair. Since this item is personal, and the point of it is to encourage other papers to follow suit, I'll limit our excerpt to the last three paragraphs of the story:

In the end, Patti says all of her hard work pays off.

“All it takes is one or two little faces beaming after they have won a competition or ridden a midway ride or had their first funnel cake or seen their first sheep,” she said.

“The enjoyment of the community is what it is all about.”

The State Journal's site is subscriber-only, but if you want a copy of the story e-mail me.

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