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Plans for 2013 Williamson County Fair in full swing

Carole Robinson
Celia Dodd of Circle T. Farm in the Flat Creek area at last year's fair.


As Williamson County Fair organizers proudly display three first place trophies won at the annual convention of the International Association of Fairs and Expositions in Las Vegas, they are also preparing to get into full swing for the ninth annual Williamson County Fair – Rock Around the Fair.

Williamson County Fair won first place for the 2012 fair website.

“We want to thank Studio 202 web designer Daryl Stevens for all his work,” said Terri Kimbel, administrative coordinator for the fair.

The fair also won first place for a black and white newspaper ad, and first place for the five-photo series of the birthing piglets.

Circle the dates on the calendar for the 2013 Williamson County Fair, which will officially open with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Friday Aug. 2 and run through Saturday Aug. 10.

Carole Robinson
Allison and Kate Welch, Lindee and Avery Skiles, MaMaddie, Abbie and Owen Neidheart.

Less than eight months is not a long time for organizers and the hundreds of volunteers who work to put together a successful event – but they always manage to pull it off.

Because so many volunteers are needed to organize and open the annual fair, new volunteers are always welcome.

“The fair is not just about agriculture – there are a broad range of committees to join,” said Kimbel, “You don’t have to be a farmer, or know anything about agriculture to volunteer, you just need a heart for community service.”

There are volunteer opportunities for teenagers to senior citizens.

Organizers can always use extra volunteers with computer experience to work with entries in the fair office, or those who like to work hard for setting up and taking down the fair. People who are good with social media can work from home posting photos and generating excitement before and during the fair.

“Drivers for courtesy carts are always needed during the fair as are ambassadors,” Kimbel added. “There are a lot of young people out there who enjoy getting involved in the community. The fair is a great place to volunteer and you can do as much or as little as your time allows.”

This year organizers are adding a Decorating Committee to create a Rock ‘n Roll atmosphere throughout the grounds.

“We are looking for creative people who can come up with ideas and work with other committees to infuse the theme,” Kimble said. “And we are always looking for amateur photographers willing to take pictures around the fair and share them with us. We can’t be everywhere and sometimes we miss activities and shows.”

Anyone interested in working on a committee or chairing a committee should email Kimbel at terri@williamsoncountyfair.org.

Carole Robinson
Brushing a lamb in the Children's Barn at last year's fair.

Opportunities for teens and young adults also include membership on the Junior Fair Board. Julie Ozburn, a former fair volunteer and now a UT Extension Agent will be working with the Junior Fair Board. She is seeking enthusiastic teens and young adults age 13 – 20 who want to make a positive difference in the Fair and their community.

The Junior Fair Board’s mission is to build leadership teams for the future.

“Even when you’ve finished high school you can stay on the Junior Board,” Kimbel said. “One goal could be to transition eventually to a full board member. Experience as a junior member will make the transition smoother.”

Ozburn is currently accepting applications for the board. Visit www.williamsoncountyfair.org to check out the board bylaws and find a copy of the application. The first Junior Board meeting will be held Tuesday, March 7 at 6 p.m. at the Agricultural Extension Office at the Ag Expo Park with regular meetings the second Tuesday of each month. Get additional information by calling Ozburn at 615-790-5721 or emailing her at julaozbu@utk.edu. 

 

Contact Carole Robinson at crobinson@williamsonherald.com

Posted on: 1/10/2013

 
 

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