Last year's Marcus Fair was rather remarkable with the Westernaires from Colorado putting on a couple of performances. I thought the schedule this year worked out good but I also thought that perhaps on late Sunday afternoon, the crowd would drift away. Was I wrong!
It really was a pleasure to see folks visiting with each other enjoying their sandwiches and ice cream. Many were still checking booths out and the rides.
I also was quite pleased with the Marcus Fair Board. You talk about people who want to work and get the job done without procrastinating about doing it. That group has really spruced up the grounds. Even the hand-washing stations were a great addition. I think it was a detail that many places wouldn't have provided but with the scare of the new flu strain, it provided a safety factor.
The entertainment has been the best. The chain-saw sculptor did outstanding wood pieces that brought perhaps the highest dollar ever for such items. The crowd got into the bidding process and with the artist helping to attain good prices, it worked. I'm sure he will be asked back as he himself was delighted with the fair. He did every thing he could.
The same was true for the hypnotist. The building was packed that night. If laughing is good for your health, we are all better off for it.
Probably another factor that makes this fair such a hit is that many former residents come back to town for class reunions or simply just to see their family or old friends. It is like one big family. You don't find that situation in large towns.
But getting back to the Board, they really have improved the facilities so much, I really don't know what else is in dire need there. But rest assured, there will be improvements made. They attended to everyone's needs and then some. Yes, the Marcus Fair will continue as long as the younger generation want it to be. Most of the Board members are in their young middle years as the torch has been passed to them to get the job done. They certainly didn't drop the ball. What wonderful memories it makes for the future.
We went down to Onawa for their 150th Anniversary Parade celebration. What a disappointment. I don't think the parade lasted a half hour, with long breaks between units. One of our grandsons went with us and he noted right away that it wasn't half as good as the Paullina parade last year celebrating their 125th. I told him that it takes smaller towns to get the job done when everyone pitches in. They know that if they don't, it simply won't happen.
So, even though the economy isn't the best, remember to do what you can in your local communities to keep them alive and well. This year's Marcus Fair parade went on for an hour or more and it was constant.
With school starting, promote your local school activities. All of these programs need local support to keep them where they are. It's good for kids, it's good for families and good for the taxpayers.