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Published: Monday, Aug. 18, 2014 3:09 p.m. CDT

It’s fair time! I don’t know about you, but the anticipation and excitement of the Bureau County Fair still runs deep in my veins. OK, this old body doesn’t stomach the Tilt-A-Whirl and Ferris wheel any more, but there’s just something that ignites a spark when the fair comes to town.

I have so many fond fair memories from days gone by — I hope you do too. As a child, it was the most anticipated event of the summer, and we saved our money like crazy, so we could go on rides and buy cotton candy and a snow cone. Our favorite ride was the live ponies, which were always situated by the old chicken barn and operated by a fellow we called Mr. Wallace. I can’t tell you how many times we went ‘round and ‘round on those old ponies. We also like the cranes, where you’d reach high to place a dime on top of the machines, and then you’d crank a little crane and hope to snag a prize. What fun!

Today, I opt for the shows and a corn dog, but as I walk through the fairgrounds, I still remember those days from long ago, when the excitement of the Bureau County Fair was our ultimate summer treat.

I hope you’ll head to the fair this year. There’s a lot to do, and a lot of fun to be had. Take the kids, the grandkids, and experience it together. You’ll be glad you did. And if you happen to see one of the many folks who help orchestrate this annual event, give them a well-deserved pat on the back. It’s not an easy event to pull off, and these folks give a lot of themselves to offer you a good time.

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On behalf of the Bureau County Republican, I’d like to offer our sympathy to the families of Kathy Hornbaker and Barb Fulara. Both ladies were good friends to the BCR, and I know personally that they helped us with several stories throughout the years. Kathy and Barb were wonderful women, and their deaths are clearly a loss to us and Bureau County. We will miss them both.

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It’s official. This year’s Women of Distinction Award winners have been selected by a panel of judges, made up of some of last year’s award winners. I am in the process right now of contacting those who nominated the winners, and soon, we’ll be notifying this year’s winners that they were selected. Like last year, it’s an outstanding group of women, and I’m thrilled to have them as our newest Women of Distinction. Soon, I’ll be announcing this year’s winners to everyone.

Meanwhile, mark your calendars for our upcoming Women of Distinction Award luncheon on Oct. 16. Princeton’s own Kathy O’Malley is the keynote speaker again, so you know you’ll have a great time. Tickets will be available soon. I’ll keep you posted!

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School has either started or will start soon for most schools in Bureau County. I’d like to wish all the area students and teachers a great school year. I hope it is filled with wonderful learning moments, mixed with a good share of fun. Teachers need parental involvement in order to be successful with your children. Now is the time to let your children’s teachers know you want to be involved. That’s a win-win situation for everyone.

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Friday Night Lights: High school football starts soon. You’ll want to follow your favorite team and athlete in our sports section of the BCR. We hope to see you in the stands, not just for football, but all the other fall sports —volleyball, cross country, golf, boys soccer and girls tennis. Good luck to each and every one of you! And remember — children learn sportsmanship from those they admire most.

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Take some time to attend the Bureau County Fair. You’ll have a great time, and you’ll make some memories that will last a lifetime. And remember ... you are important to me and the BCR.

BCR Editor Terri Simon can be reached at tsimon@bcrnews.com.

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