Smith named 2014 Grand Marshal

Posted on December 18th in News


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Darrel Smith and his wife, Linda, with the bench crafted in his honor. (Submitted photo)

Darrel Smith and his wife, Linda, with the bench crafted in his honor. (Submitted photo)

Darrel Smith was introduced as the Grand Marshal for the 2014 Harney County Fair, Rodeo and Race Meet Sunday, Dec. 15, during the Volunteer Appreciation Christmas Party.

Smith served as vice-president of the fair association in 1977 and 1978, and president in 1979 and 1980. He was fair association director from 1974-1982, and again in 1986 and 1988.

Smith was appointed to the fair board by the county court in 1983 and 1984.

Smith was working for Les Schwab when he moved to Burns in 1969. His boss at the time, Orville Cheek, was on the fair board, and Cheek persuaded Smith to help out with the very first demolition derby, which at the time was held Friday night of fair week. Smith continued to stay involved with the derby for many years.

In introducing Smith, Harney County Fair Manager Don Slone noted that Smith gave many hours of his time, energy and experience to the fair, along with his wife, Linda.

Randi Johnson was introduced as the 2014 Harney County Rodeo Queen, and the fair theme for 2014 is “How the West Was Fun!”

Slone presented the 2013 fair report that cotained the following information:
Exhibits — 201 adults entered 1,198 open class exhibits; 160 youth entered 528 open class exhibits; 186 4-H and FFA youth entered 919 exhibits.

Fairgrounds events — There were 135 youth events, with 6,317 people attending. That is 24 more youth events, but 426 less people than in 2012.

There were 175 public events, with 24,236 people attending. This is three less events, but 1,956 more people attending than in 2012.

There were 80 private events, with 3,641 people attending. This is 25 more events and 1,325 more people attending than in 2012.

There was a total of 390 events, with 34,194 people attending. That is 46 more events and 2,855 more people.

Volunteers — There were 558 volunteers and sponsors working directly for the fair board in 2013. That is one more volunteer than in 2012.

Estimated hours by those volunteers were 8,242, or the equivalent of 3.96 full time employees.

At minimum wage, those volunteer hours would cost $84,668.

Financial statistics — The expense of the 2013 fair was $180,000. The income was $187,000.

The estimated gross dollars earned by 35 community organizations during the fair is $449,942, or $119,892 more than in 2012.

The 4-H and FFA auction alone grossed $239,724, or $56,294 more than in 2012.

The estimated gross dollars generated by community organizations at the fairgrounds during the off season was $110,432, or $6,821 more than in 2012.

The economic impact of the 2013 fair to Harney County is $5.5 million. Economists say, on average, money rolls over 7.5 times.

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