Extension homemakers play key role in County Fair

Friday, July 18, 2003

"The Extension Homemakers Clubs in Poinsett County have traditionally given hundreds of volunteer hours to make the exhibit portion of the County Fair a rewarding venture for exhibitors and fair-goers alike," according to Debbie DeRossitte, County Extension Agent -- Family and Consumer Sciences.

Set for August 5 through 9, the 2003 County Fair offers both entertainment and education. The exhibit building will open on Tuesday, August 5, from 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. to accept exhibits from county residents for judging. Volunteers from the Extension Homemakers will serve as superintendents of each judging category and will aid exhibitors and judges in the exhibition process.

"Several of our volunteers have worked every year since the fair began in the early fifties," said DeRossitte. "I marvel at the dedication of these club members who brave the heat and long hours without air conditioning just to continue the tradition of the fair."

According to Shelby Hunt, President of the Poinsett Extension Homemakers Council, exhibitors benefit at least two ways from participating in the fair judging.

Exhibitors are able to increase their skills by having their products evaluated by professionals. "Ribbons and cash incentives are a secondary compensation to our citizens who display their talents and skills," Hunt said.

Persons interested in exhibiting at the fair should follow the rules and regulations found in the 2003 Fair Catalog. The catalog, which also includes a schedule of fair events, will be provided to Tri-City Tribune subscribers in the July 21 edition of the newspaper. Copies of the catalog are also available at the County Extension Office, 302 North Main in Harrisburg and at The Modern News office.

Judging will be conducted on Wednesday, August 6, from 8:30 a.m. until noon. According to DeRossitte, the fair building will be closed to the public during that time. Certified judges from surrounding counties will judge all exhibits. Extension Homemakers will also host their Annual Rice Buffet on Thursday, August 7 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event, a fund-raiser for the organization, will include home-prepared dishes made with rice. Cost for the event is $4 for adults, $2 for children ages seven to twelve, and $2 for children ages six and under.

According to Hunt, chairman of the event, carry-outs will also be available.

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