The Scott County Fair Association held their Annual Membership meeting last Friday night at the Scott County Senior Citizens Center and the theme for this year's fair will be "90 Years & Still Going." This was adopted to highlight the fact that this is the 90th consecutive year that the fair has been held. Oneida Mayor and Fair Board member, Jack Lay stated that the Scott County Fair is the only fair that can claim this in Tennessee, as most cancelled their fairs during periods of wartime.
The fair will take place from August 22nd through August 27th, 2016.
Mayor Lay stressed during his remarks the need to emphasize exhibits over rides, as that is the heart of what county fairs are suppose to be. All persons interested in entering an exhibit this year should start planning now. They would really like to see more Agricultural, crafts, and canning entries this year, so encourage your friends, relatives, and neighbors to enter.
There is also a strong need for more volunteers to work the exhibit halls and entry acceptance.
Lay acknowledged that the James Gang will be back again this year to provide the rides and amusements.
When asked about new booths in the Ag Building, acting Fair Manager Donny Morrow stated that as soon as baseball and softball were out of the building, new booths would be worked on for this year's fair.
A deadline of July 1st was agreed too for all advertising going into this year's fair book. The book is tentatively scheduled to be printed on July 11th. Distribution should take place the following week at the latest.
Reigning Ms. Scott County, Cierra Sexton, was recognized by the board and presented with a gift from the board. She gave a brief talk about her experience and thanked those who had accompanied her on her various trips.
For those of you who are like me and had no knowledge of the association and its board members, here is a brief description.
The board has 11 members that oversee the fair. Richard 'Dick' Smith was the Fair Manager last year, but his illness is preventing him from being able to serve in this role for 2016 so Donny Morrow will be the Fair Manager this year. In fact, it is asked that all residents remember Dick in their prayers because he is currently in really poor health.
As far as who is actually on the fair board, here is its makeup following the election that was Friday night: Dick Smith, Jack Lay, Donny Morrow, Gabe Krahn, Alice Ellis, Penny Woods, Rose Krahn, Charity Lay, Cheryl Boyatt, Clara Terry, and VeRhonda Hembree. VeRhonda will replace Tom Payne on the board.
It should be pointed out that members are elected to 3 year terms and that the annual meeting is where the election is conducted. Normally there are 3 positions elected each year, but this year there were 5. The incumbents automatically appear on the ballot and additional nominations can be made from the floor. The 3 candidates receiving the most votes (or 5 this year) then serve on the board for 3 years before being up for re-election unless they resign their position.
The five up for re-election on Friday night were: Charity Lay, Jack Lay, Tom Payne, Clara Terry, and Alice Ellis. Tom Payne was not present at the meeting and VeRhonda was nominated from the floor. VeRhonda out polled Payne for the 5th spot with all others retaining their positions on the board.