Purdy named Grand Marshal

Posted on December 19th in News

Carol Purdy displays the belt buckle presented to her by fair manager Don Slone (right).

Chrissy Moon introduced as 2013 Fair Queen

by Randy Parks
Burns Times-Herald
With about 75 people in attendance at the Harney County Fair Volunteer Appreciation Christmas Party on Sunday, Dec. 16, Carol Purdy was introduced as the 2013 Grand Marshal.
Purdy was presented with a commemorative belt buckle and sweatshirt following the announcement by Fair Manager Don Slone.
Chrissy Moon, a junior at Crane Union High School, was also introduced as the 2013 Harney County Fair Queen and presented with a buckle by the out-going queen, Kiely Banton.
Those in attendance had the chance to vote on the 2013 fair theme from five choices. The winning selection was “A Family Affair with Country Fair.”
The other choices were “How the West was Fun,” Giddy-Up and Go to the Fair,” “Thrills & Squeals, Kick Up Your Heels,” and “Celebrating 89 Years of Critters & Crafts.”
Purdy was born in 1937, grew up near Boston, Mass., and came to Harney County in 1955.
Purdy has volunteered for the Harney County Fair for 35 years in various departments, but has spent her time mostly in the crop section of the Open Class exhibits. Her sister-in-law, Dorothea Purdy, served as Grand Marshal in 2007.
Following a steak dinner, Slone presented the statistics for the 2012 Harney County Fair.
He reported 316 adults entered 1,190 Open Class exhibits, 202 youth entered 499 Open Class exhibits, and 178 4-H and FFA members entered 819 exhibits. All numbers were an increase from 2011.
As for fairgrounds events, there were 111 youth events with 6,743 people attending. That was six more youth events, but 1,472 fewer people than the previous year.
There were 178 public events with 22,280 people attending. That was eight more events and 2,192 more people attending than in 2011.
There were 55 private events with 2,316 people attending, which was nine fewer events and 2,133 fewer people attending than in 2011.
There were a total of 344 events with 31,339 people attending, which was four more events and 1,413 fewer people.
There were 557 volunteers and sponsors working directly for the fair board in 2012, a decline of 115 volunteers from the previous year.
Estimated hours by those volunteers were 8,975, or the equivalent of 4.31 full-time employees.
At minimum wage, those volunteers would cost $75,356.
The expense of the 2012 fair was $173,000, with an income of $169,000.
The estimated gross dollars earned by 38 community organizations during the fair was $369,351, or $72,245 more than 2011. The 4-H and FFA auction grossed $183,431, or $10,944 more than 2011.
The estimated gross dollars generated by community organizations at the fairgrounds during the off-season was $103,612, or $5,366 less than in 2011.
The economic impact of the 2012 fair to Harney County was $4.8 million, or 7.5 times the fair revenue.
George Wilber and Tammy Gini were recognized with plaques for serving in the parimutual betting booth at the fair from 2005-12.

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