Gov. Corbett Visits Fair
Winding his way through the 4- H exhibits, livestock barns and booths Saturday evening, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett paused to speak with local farmers, businessmen and -women and area children as the 93rd annual Fulton County Fair came to a close.
From senior citizens to the 5- week-old newborn he met along the way, the governor told those gathered in the livestock auction barn and arena that county fairs are steeped in “tradition.” As an elected-state official, Corbett added it is his hope that this tradition continues for many years to come.
“When your children are grandparents, we hope they’ll still have that opportunity to come to the fair,” said Corbett, who presented county fair Vice President Pat Bard with a “ceremonial check” totalling $14,922.46 from the state Fair Fund.
The much-needed money comes several years after fair funding was cut on a state level in 2007. Of the 117 fairs that were once in existence, eight have since closed their gates, according to Boots Heatherington, state Fair Funds administrator, who accompanied the governor during the special check presentation and announcement.
Heatherington went on to note that the state legislature had been challenged to step up funding efforts for local fairs, which resulted in the check presentation. Local state-elected officials were thanked for their support.
Heatherington was also proud to announce that the 2013-14 state fiscal budget, which was approved several weeks ago, includes an additional $20,000 allotment for the Fulton County Fair. The money was said to be for the community and not for items such as pensions and benefits.
As part of the tradition referenced by Corbett, longtime 4-H leader, mentor and fair supporter Pat Decker was recognized for her efforts and countless years of support. Decker told the crowd even though many play roles in seeing the fair come to fruition, she was just “glad to be a part of this fair.”