Marcus Fair answers the call

Friday, August 12, 2016

No matter what or how various events impact them year to year, we must pause to applaud the devoted organizers of the annual Marcus Community Fair for another successful event.

The admirable stick-to-itivness of the many dedicated volunteers speaks volumes of the resolve and community spirit continually put forth in Marcus. The way residents rally to support their fair and natives return from near and far to revel in the four-day "community reunion" is what living in rural Iowa is all about.

This year's fair marked the 80th annual and was the 32nd consecutive year of free gate admission for fair-goers. As always, the fair focuses on the community's ties to agriculture, industry, and business -- the very backbone of rural Iowa towns.

Thanks to a generous donation from Cherokee County, various fundraisers, and local supporters, the Marcus Fair remains a summer-time staple for the community and much of NW Iowa.

A 20-member Fair Board works year-around to plan and organize the event, while dozens more residents answer the call to pitch in whenever and wherever they are needed.

Such spirit of community is a resounding testimony for all involved.