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    MACEE BEERS joins other Fayette Elementary School students for the annual Mini-Cheer performance during the half-time break at the basketball game.
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    CHILDREN at Stair District Library’s Family Story Time toss scarves into the air during an activity. The evening program provided a mix of stories, songs, dancing, crafts and snacks Monday evening. The program is offered at 5:30 p.m. every Monday for five more weeks. The program is designed for three to five year olds and their family.
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    THE INTERVIEW—Evelyn Joughin (right) records the interaction with an iPad while Jack Varga, next to her, asks questions of Morenci Elementary School principal Gail Frey. Morenci senior Sam Cool (standing) listens. Cool serves as the editor for the newspaper written by members of Mrs. Barrett’s second grade class.
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    WRITING CODE—Brock Christle (left), a Morenci fifth grade student, takes a look at the progress being made by fourth grader Anthony Lewis. Libby Rorick, a sixth grade student, is next in a line of girls trying out the coding tutorials. This year marked Morenci’s second year of participation in the Hour of Code project.
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    MORENCI’S three Skelton brothers were remembered with both tears and laughter last week during a candlelight vigil at Wakefield Park. Several people came out of the crowd to give their recollection of the boys who have now been missing for five years.
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    REMIE RYAN (left) tries to dodge the foam wand held by Hayden Bays during physical education class at Morenci Elementary School. In the background, Lauryn Dominique and Brooklyn Williams stay clear of the tag. Second grade students were working on cardiovascular health on the first day back from vacation. For the record, Safety Tag is a very difficult sport to photograph.
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    MORENCI student Dalton McCowan puts everything into a dead lift attempt Saturday morning during the Wyseguy Push/Pull event. Lifters helped raise more than $1,600 for the family of the late Devin Wyse, a former Morenci power-lifter who graduated last year. Commemorative T-shirts are still available by contacting teacher Dan Hoffman.

Two Fulton County Fair individuals honored 2012.04.11

Written by David Green.

Two Fulton County residents were honored by the Ohio Fair Managers Association (OFMA) during the organization's 87th annual convention in Columbus.  

Carl Buehrer of Delta was inducted into the OFMA’s Hall of Fame for his contributions to the fair industry, and Jeanne Johnson of Fayette was named Outstanding Fair Supporter of the Year in District 1 by the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA).    

Carl Buehrer

Carl Buehrer was elected to the Fulton County Fair Board in 1972. A year later, he was elected Fair Board president, a position he has held ever since.  

While many fairs have struggled to survive, annual attendance at the Fulton County Fair has grown from 100,000 to more than 250,000 and the number of exhibitors and vendors has increased exponentially under Buehrer’s common sense leadership. The Fairgrounds itself has expanded from 48 to nearly 200 acres, and is today regarded as one of the best-maintained and beautiful fair sites in Ohio.

Buehrer has also served as OFMA District 1 Director for six years, and is a member of the Fulton County Fair Foundation. He was inducted into the Fulton County Agricultural Hall of Fame in 1994, has been awarded Honorary America FFA and Honorary State FFA Degrees, and is active in a variety of community organizations. 

Jeanne Johnson

Jeanne Johnson was one of just nine people in Ohio to be named Outstanding Fair Supporter by the ODA this year.  She was honored for her work as Fulton County Fair Board secretary, a position she held from late 1992 until she retired after the 2011 Fair.

When Johnson started the job, Fair records were still kept manually. Within nine months, she had “computerized” the entire Fair record-keeping, beginning an ongoing process of modernization that has enabled the Fair to efficiently manage the ever-increasing demand for record-keeping that has accompanied its tremendous growth.  

During her service as Fair Board secretary, Johnson saw open class entries grow from 6,600 to over 8,000 per year, and there was a dramatic increase in Fair Week camping as well as off-season rentals over the past 20 years.  Demands for other forms of record-keeping by the government and insurers have grown, too.  

Representatives from Ohio’s 94 county and independent fairs and the Ohio State Fair attended the OFMA convention, held at the Greater Columbus Convention Center.

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