The week’s events had a jam packed schedule of games, shows and entertainment that the entire family could enjoy. Brian Billings, fair board first vice president, described this year’s fair as a success.
“Besides the opening two days of wind and rain, overall (the fair) was a success for the boys and girls — that’s what it’s all about,” Billings said. “I was so impressed with the exhibits, the livestock and the manor in which (the youth) handled themselves. That makes the fair a success.”
He added that he was proud of the many leaders and volunteers who also contributed to make the fair successful.
“We are small but able to put together a six day fair for the county,” Billings said.
He also said that he spoke to many former Mason County residents who came back to town for the fair and said that they had a great time. However, he emphasized that the area youth make the fair special.
“The fair is not about the entertainment or the carnival. I think overall the county fair is about the youth in this county who participates,” Billings said.
In addition, Billings complimented the many businesses and individuals in the community that stepped forward to show their support of local 4-H and FFA projects during Friday’s Junior Livestock Sale. Two records were broken at this year’s sale, despite the country’s current economic situation. Without the efforts and support of the local businesses and leaders, the livestock sale would not be a success, Billings said.
“I thank (the businesses and leaders) for supporting the fair and our future,” he added.
Although Saturday marked the final day of fair fun, the day was filled with a full schedule of events. The day’s events kicked off with the Open Mason County Youth Horse Fun Show. Other events that took place included the Dash-4-Cash, horse shoe pitching, pedal tractor pull, corn hole playoffs, open horse show, motorcycle motocross and the arm wrestling contest.
Diamond Rio, this year’s headlining act, closed out the 2009 fair with a concert. According to Billings, the fair board tried for several years to secure Diamond Rio for the fair, and was very pleased that the group was able to perform this year in Mason County.