EATON — In preparation for the Preble County Fair, the 2017 Jr. Fair Court came together to paint and make improvements to the Toney Building. The king and queen, their court, and species royalty spent Friday, July 14, working to make the building better.
The Toney Building is one of the two buildings in which the nutrition and arts displays are located. It is also the building which displays the portraits of the former kings and queens. The court also has to make storyboards about themselves, and those are also displayed in the Toney Building.
“We’re just trying to get it cleaned up, so that when we get all of our pretty stuff put up, it looks pretty,” Adult Advisor Kim Fields said. “We decided to do this because the building is a mess. They’re working on the fairgrounds and they’ve painted the outsides of the buildings and I’ve wanted to do it for a couple of years and haven’t been able to pull it off. This year Dean Wigger listened and he bought us some paint and some brushes and here we are.”
For the Preble Counyt Fair King and Queen, working on the Toney Building was a way to give back to the fair.
“We’re trying to give back to the fairgrounds for supporting us, and everything they do,” Jr. Fair King Hunter Owens said. “We figured that repainting the Toney Building was the best way to do it. We’ve painted, we swept all the walls down, we’ve reattached boards, and we’ve cleaned just about everything.”
Jr. Fair Queen Gabby Cooper echoed his sentiments. “We’re doing this to give back to the Fair and to make sure everything is ready when fair time comes,” she said.
This is just one of the many things that the Jr. Fair Court does before the Preble County Fair even begins. One of the main things is visiting other fairs. They have been to Wayne County, Clinton County, Madison County, and Montgomery County. The Butler County Fair is coming up and the court will visit that fair as well.
This upcoming Saturday, July 22, they are even volunteering at the Bistro at Eagles Point.
Fields added, they are doing all of this on top of their Jr. Fair duties.
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