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Fair prepares future leaders

The Fisher Fair beef show was held Friday morning / CIFN photo.

FISHER – The Fisher Fair is preparing for the next generation of leaders.

A junior fair board has been established to get younger people involved with the fair process – such as the business side of things and behind the scenes work. This is the perfect way to show the youngsters what it takes to run a fair.

“Hopefully, that’s the next generation of our fair board,” said Fisher Fair vice president Todd Cotter.

Fair president Jill Hardesty agrees that new blood is needed to keep kids interested. That’s not an issue just facing the Fisher area, but the entire state.

“You’ve got to get those kids interested,” Hardesty noted.

Fisher High School student Lacey Cotter is involved with the inaugural junior fair board and has been busy during fair week selling pork raffle tickets and hosting bingo. Junior board members even spent time working a shift at the gate. Lacey also helps with multiple fundraisers throughout the year.

“I’ve pretty much been involved with the fair since I was born,” she admitted. “Just because they’re adults and you’re teenagers doesn’t mean they don’t care about what you think. Don’t be afraid to tell them.”

Hardesty considers this week’s fair “awesome” so far with a little rain to settle the dust on Tuesday. Around 50 riders participated in the donkey races which returned for the first time in several years.

“We hadn’t had those since about 2003,” Hardesty explained.

The fair officially started Tuesday with the queen pageant. A new Miss Fisher Fair was selected along with a little Miss Fisher Fair and the Junior Miss.

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