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the Sandy Creek band on Thurs­day, the Time Trav­el­ers on Fri­day and the fair will con­clude with South­ern In­flu­ence per­form­ing on Satur­day. All en­ter­tain­ment runs from 7 p.m. un­til 10 p.m.

All pro­ceeds from the fair go to the So­cial Cir­cle City Schools Schol­ar­ship Fund, which awards be­tween $5,000-6,000 in schol­ar­ships each year. The Ro­tary has also do­nated more than $10,000 this year to help­ing teach­ers af­ford sup­plies, and pro­ceeds from the fair will also go to­wards th­ese funds.

The fair be­gan seven years ago when Ro­tar­ian Norm Dil­lon was looking for a way for the Ro­tary to make a con­tri­bu­tion to So­cial Cir­cle.

“I was driv­ing down I20,” Dil­lon said, “and I saw the McNair set-up in Cony­ers. The idea stuck with me, and I pulled over. I found an older gen­tle­man sit­ting on a golf cart — it was Hugh McNair.”

Ini­tially, McNair wasn’t sure So­cial Cir­cle would draw any sort of crowd. It ac­tu­ally wasn’t un­til later, when Dil­lon spoke to McNair’s daugh­ter, Lisa, that the idea would be­come a re­al­ity.

“’Why didn’t I think of that,’” Dil­lon re­calls Lisa say­ing. “She thought of the Blue Wil­low, and de­cided So­cial Cir­cle was a great place for a fair.”

Af­ter one year of plan­ning, the first So­cial Cir­cle fair opened to the pub­lic in 2003. It was a smash suc­cess, and, ac­cord­ing to Dil­lon, Hugh McNair con- tacted him again and of­fered a sev­eral-year con­tract to re­turn.

“McNair has made it so easy,” Dil­lon said. “It’s a re­ally good part­ner­ship.”

The So­cial Cir­cle Ro­tary, 21 mem­bers strong, all work to­gether to make the fair pos­si­ble — even though it was Dil­lon, dubbed “Mr. Per­sis­tent” by his fel­low Ro­tar­i­ans - who truly brought it all to­gether.

“It’s a team ef­fort,” Dil­lon said, “We’ve done a re­ally good job with it, and we’re re­ally looking for­ward to it this year.”

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