Long­time fair vol­un­teer

Record Observer - - Opinion -

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.

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