EDITORIAL written 7/27/23
This is a station editorial, I'm Randal J. Miller, station president.
Our local county, 4-H, junior, and livestock fairs around Central Illinois have been in full swing this summer.
Our announcers have traveled to many of these fairs interviewing 4-H'ers and adults that have shown their cattle, pigs, rabbits, chickens, and culinary exhibits, that they've put hundreds of hours of work into.
One of the greatest pleasures I have as a radio station owner, is to hear these interviews and the passion these kids and adults put into their animals and projects. You can sense it just from how they shared how they turned their animal or exhibit into something they were proud to show at their Fair.
There's another group of people that are quite literally the unsung heroes of all the Fairs we broadcast from each summer. That's the HUNDREDS of Fair board members and volunteers all over Central Illinois, that do the work most people DON'T see, to get their Fairgrounds ready for the animals and exhibits to show up.
That work is YEAR-round, but especially in the days before and during a Fair. You'll see them working in the barns, or on the grounds, or making sure an event goes off without a hitch.
That includes all the livestock shows, the pageants, the auctions, the pulls, and the Demo Derbys.
It takes HUNDREDS of people that volunteer their time, to make the Fairs in Central Illinois, some of the BEST in the state.
So, if you know of someone who's involved in one of the Fairs you attend, shoot them an e-mail, text or phone call, and let them know they are APPRECIATED. They quite literally are the unsung heroes of our Central Illinois fairs.
We are grateful for their commitment and passion to keep our fairs going and thriving across our coverage areas. Thank you Fair volunteers, and know that we all APPRECIATE what you do!
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