By Debbie Raney
In celebration of the 2010 Harney County Fair Rodeo and Race Meet, and in anticipation of the 2011 event, the annual Harney County Volunteer Christmas party was held on Dec. 12.
The evening included the announcement of Ken Bentz as the 2011 Fair Grand Marshal. Bentz has been a resident of the county since his discharge from the U.S. Navy after World War II, when he moved to the White Horse Ranch in Southern Harney County. Bentz moved to Drewsey in 1961, and while raising seven children with his wife, Anne, Bentz served as Harney County Commissioner, and in the words of Fair Manager Don Slone, “has been a true friend of the Harney County Fair for many years.”
Voting for the theme for the 2011 was held during the volunteer dinner. With six possible themes on the ballot, the winning theme was “We know how to work and we know how to play, we’re from the country and we like it that way.” The winning theme was submitted by Tara Woodworth.
The fair queen for 2011, Brandi Carlon, was also presented during the evening. Carlon will represent Harney County throughout the year at various rodeos and events in the Northwest.
Outgoing fair board members Shirley Beaubien and Wayne Evans were given appreciation for their service to the community. Beaubien had volunteered her time to the Harney County Fair for 18 years, and Evans had served for eight.