County Fair organizers tout 2016 success, seek leaders and volunteers for 2017 run


County Fair organizers tout 2016 success, seek leaders and volunteers for 2017 run

The Williamson County Fair is now looking for community-minded individuals who might have a desire to serve in a leadership capacity following the Aug. 5-13 run of this year’s fair.

“Many of our committee chairs have been fulfilling their roles for the past 12 years, and we welcome folks who want to become more involved as an event chairman in a number of different areas,” said Rogers Anderson, Williamson County mayor and board chairman for the Williamson County Fair.

While a rainy August provided some logistical challenges, the 12th annual Williamson County Fair set a number of records while making a significant impact on the community, according to a news release.

The Fair proved to be successful in many ways, said officials, touting a considerable increase in the number of competitive entries.

With over 6,600 total entries across multiple categories, 4,300 winners placed in the top three and earned a cash premium. Categories including the quilt, sheep and cattle shows saw a record number of entries, with over 300 animals shown as part of the livestock exhibit.

Despite battling rain and the forecast of bad weather, attendance remained relatively steady.

“Our traffic counts were down a bit due to the rain and forecast of rain throughout the Fair, but we’re very pleased with the event overall,” Anderson said. “Every year, we try to introduce new features, and adding the online sales and accepting credit cards at the gates made the experience that much more convenient for our visitors. New and expanded partnerships with Page, Ravenwood and Centennial high schools helped the ticket booths, ride entries and parking system run smoothly.

“We especially want to thank our volunteers, vendors, the business community and an army of volunteers for their generous support of the Fair. Another way we highlight giving back to the community is our annual ‘Pay It Forward Night,’ benefiting GraceWorks Ministries.”

Williamson County residents and visitors brought in over 6,000 pounds of donations, including various canned foods and household items, such as diapers and laundry detergent, Anderson said. These donations helped to fill a huge need for GraceWorks and the people they serve, he added.

“Once again, the willingness of our Fair visitors to step up and support their neighbors reminds us of what a special place we live in.”

GraceWorks Food Pantry Coordinator Phil Rutledge said the donations are much needed, particularly at this time of year.

“This will fill in many of the empty shelves we have and allow us to provide nutritious baskets of food to our neighbors in need,” Rutledge said.

The Williamson County Fair will return Aug. 4-12, 2017. For more information, visit www.williamsoncountyfair.org.

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