As the owner of a general contracting company, Bill Veevers is a sweat-the-details kind of person.
It’s the details that make the difference in any project. So, when the idea of a county fair advanced to a reality, County Mayor Rogers Anderson approached Veevers about “a little job” he wanted him to do.
“Well, I always enjoy a little work now and then, so I asked him what the job was,” Veevers said.
The “little job” was to oversee the facilities and logistics of the soon to be Williamson County Fair.
Veevers said that, in a weak moment, he agreed. That was 15 years ago, and he still makes sure every “i” is dotted and every “t” is crossed before the ribbon is cut on the fair’s opening day.
Veevers takes care of the fair’s layout and “makes sure everything fits together” — inside and outside the arena. Each committee chairman makes a list of their needs — tables, chairs, bleachers, porta-potties, electrical outlets, water — every need, no matter how insignificant. It’s that insignificant item that can become important at the wrong time.
“I make sure, when the acts arrive, that they go to the correct location and we have the proper electrical system set up,” he said. “I take care of getting what people need.”
In 2003, when planning began for the first fair, “None of us on the board of about 30 people ever experienced organizing something so large as a fair,” Veevers said. “We just wanted to make sure we had a clean, safe, family-oriented fair.”
The first couple of years were very much a learning experience for everyone, and yet most fair visitors didn’t notice.
Now, each year at 6:15 p.m. on opening day, after the ribbon is cut and the doors officially open, “We can sit back, relax and go with what we got,” Veevers said.
Well, that’s not all true. He still rides around the fair numerous times each day in his assigned Gator to keep watch over all the little details.