2012-08-02 / Front Page

Fair To Again Pay Premiums

Jana Malot obtains sponsorships, donations
By Chanin Rotz-Mountz

If you ask Jana Malot where she was born, she may tell you the fair. In fact since retiring, Malot has spent much of her free time trying to breathe life back into the small, but fun-filled, Fulton County Fair. With much effort and dedication, she may have just done that.

On Tuesday morning, Malot shared with the “News” that through some newly acquired donations and sponsorships, premiums have been restored for the 92nd annual fair that will get under way Saturday evening, August 11, and run through Saturday, August 18.

Malot said she loves seeing the kids participate and enter their own exhibits at the fair and hopes the restoration of premiums may see the number of entries grow.

Any size donation was accepted from local businesses in the fundraising process. However, a $5,000 donation entitles a business or even resident to a full-day sponsorship. For example, JLG Industries’ sizeable donation earned it a sponsorship on Saturday, August 18, that will wrap up with the much-anticipated livestock sale.

According to Malot, Phantom Fireworks will continue to sponsor Friday’s schedule of events as in years past. The company, which boasts a location in Warfordsburg, has been a proud sponsor of the fair for multiple years and generously donates all fireworks used in the evening’s final display.

In addition, Community State Bank of Orbisonia came forward with a much-appreciated donation, earning the bank a sponsorship on Tuesday, also known as Family Day. As part of its sponsorship, the bank has agreed to donate labor to operate the fair gates and take admission money, Malot said. The bank will also allow high school students to pitch in at the gates, under direct supervision, to help fulfill any community service hours associated with a school project.

“They’ve really stepped up,” said Malot of the bank’s donation.

Also active in the cause to help restore premiums this year was Hamilton Hyundai/Nissan, which has earmarked its donation to help with livestock project premiums. Fulton Precision, located in the Industrial Park, has also donated funding to help with premiums for youth livestock projects located at the lower end of the fair, Malot stated. Meanwhile, a donation from Dana Signs, also of McConnellsburg, is set to help with premiums for projects and bake sale items on display in the upper buildings.

Malot noted there should be enough funding in hand to pay premiums for youth-related projects. In the event money is still available, premiums can be awarded to some of the adult fair entries.

Sponsorships are still being sought for Monday, August 13, and Wednesday, August 15, and Malot and fair officials are willing to make accommodations to accept donations up to the day of the fair and beyond for next year’s weeklong event.

Never one to rest easy, Malot already has plans in place to move forward with accepting donations and sponsorships for next year. Money received could be used as matching funds in the event she is able to obtain grant funding to continue improvements at the fair.

Any area residents and businesses interested in making a donation toward the fair are urged to contact Jana Malot at 717-571-8637 or the Fulton County Fair Board Office at 717- 485-5730.

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