Longtime fair volunteer
It was so good to hear from my faithful reader, Frances Conley last week. She has been one of the many dedicated 4-H Fair exhibitors and volunteers over the years the Fair has been operating. As she said in her letter, she has been exhibiting for more than 50 years, so I imagine she is the oldest exhibitor they have ever had. She is asking for someone to take over her job as Fair historian. I would be glad to do it if I were a little younger myself. I have certainly been writing about the Fair for 50 years, probably as long as Ms. Conley has been exhibiting. But please read her letter here:
“I just read Dan Tabler’s article ‘Our big 4-H Fair’ in a recent Record Observer. I agree with him and glad I received this year’s Queen Anne’s County Fair guide in the mail. I do appreciate reading it and deciding what I will exhibit in the 2016 County Fair.
Last year I asked Dan if he knew of the oldest exhibitor in the Fair but he didn’t. However. I may be the only and the oldest one. I was a 15-year-old 4-H member in the Price 4-H Club who exhibited in 1942. This was the first year for the 4-H Fair at the present location. The Home Arts Department entered in the 4-H Fair in 1964. I have exhibited more than 50 years since it was opened for adults and 4-H’ers.
It was four years ago when the county fair celebrated their 70th anniversary. I was asked to be 4-H historian and put together a QA’s County 4-H booklet, which was distributed to quite a few people. I’ve received many good comments on the 4-H history. I can no longer be the historian and hope someone will take my place. Give me a call if you’re interested at 410-758-0197.
Hope this year’s 4-H Fair will be great! I hope to be there. -Frances Conley”
••• READ HIS BOOKS There was a note in the papers about the troubles on the Bay span. I began calling for the state to build a second bridge back then and even before. We finally got that second span in 1972, but with the traffic still increasing, I see they are talking about a third bridge somewhere on the Bay. I’m not sure where it will be built, but we are still having long back-ups across Kent Island in the summer weekends, just as we did 50 years ago. Something has to be done.
••• I MISSED A SANDWICH Did you see where the Chick-filA people gave away free chicken sandwiches to all the parade participants following the big firemen’s parade Wednesday at the Ocean City State Firemen’s Convention this week?
Sorry I missed it. The Goodwill Fire Company used to march in the parade, and I was the drill sergeant many years ago. We used to turn out as many as 25 or 30 members for the parade. It was a big thing years ago. Now only Butch Kaufman and I make the trip down to the convention to be delegates at Convention Hall and listen to the speeches. It is always a good time however, as I get to see friends from around the state I normally see only once a year. We usually check out of the hotel early Wednesday and leave town before the parade begins. But we certainly thank the Chick-fil-A folks for offering freebies to the parade marchers — the Goodwill paraders could have done real well if they had offered this years ago!
••• A REMINDER I should have made more mention of the upcoming 4-H Fair early on in the column, as it will be at the 4-H Park the week of Aug. 8-13 with plenty of things to do and see. There are copies of the fair program at the Record Observer office if you did not see one. I’ll see if I can get some to hand out at the library.