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The Calvert County Fair Board would like to publicly thank those who helped to make our recent fair the success that it was. It takes a lot of people lending much support to hold a successful event, and we feel fortunate that so many helped to support the 2012 Calvert County Fair.

We would like to thank the many volunteers who gave so generously of their time and talents; the businesses, organizations and individuals who placed ads in the fair book or brochure, helped to sponsor events, trophies and awards, or set up booths; Jim GodBold for providing entertainment on the Senior Citizen and Handicapped Day and the Calvert High School Chorus led by Kelly Combs; the Career & Technology Academy for allowing students from the Academy of Health Professions to assist with the handicapped students on the rides and help with preparation and serving food for our seniors; Keri from the Office on Aging and her wonderful staff for their assistance with the Golden Lady and Silver Fox contest; the local contractors who generously provided equipment and supplies; the many judges who shared their expertise; the local newspapers for their coverage; the local fire and rescue departments; the deputies of the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office and Maryland State Police troopers who were on call; Mike Moore for security; Todd Ireland for working out the traffic plan on Youth Day and county roads; the Joy Riders, who assisted with the parking; the Calvert County Board of Education; the Calvert County Board of County Commissioners; the 4-H livestock members; the Calvert High School NJROTC cadets and the Huntingtown High School NJROTC cadets, who were official greeters at the gate, along with Miss Tranquility and her court and Lord Calvert and his court; Kaddie Howeth, 2011 Calvert County Fair Idol for singing “God Bless America”; George Owings, master of ceremonies; the Rev. Joan Jones of St. Edmunds United Methodist Church for the invocation; and the Calvert High School NJROTC Color Guard for its participation in the official opening of the fair ceremony.

We would also like to thank the John Brady Family for coordinating the poultry building, and Gail Hatfield, who was in charge of the livestock barns. Thanks also to the local talent groups and individuals who performed free of charge; those who set up food or commercial booths; and David Cox for use of his field for overflow parking, the BOCC for use of Hallowing Point Park, the College of Southern Maryland for the use of its parking lot and those who brought cans and dry or boxed foods to the fair Wednesday night and on Youth Day.

In addition, we would like to thank those who proudly brought their exhibits, for without exhibits, we wouldn’t have a county fair. Last, but certainly not least, we thank all of those who came and joined the fun. We hope to see you back again next year.

Carol Lee, Prince Frederick

The writer is the president of the Calvert County Fair Board.