Tradition, tech keep 'Great' in fair
Jim Henderson to be feted, volunteers sought
This photo shows a crowd at The Great Stoneboro Fair in 1908 watching a trapeze act in the grandstand. The fair is celebrating its 145th anniversary this year and runs Aug. 29 through Sept. 3.
August 28, 2012
STONEBORO — The Great Stoneboro Fair has had its share of changes over the years to keep operations up to date, but organizers promise they'll continue to uphold the traditions fair-goers know and love.
"We want them to think it's like going home," said Vivian Hefferman, who's in her 12th year as fair secretary.
Those traditions include rides, games, food, live music, demolition derby, animals, exhibits, fireworks, contests and the Mercer County Antique Power Association display.
This year marks the fair's 145th anniversary.
Vivian Hefferman, left, fair secretary, and Mary Lewis, fair treasurer, display a few mementos from past fairs on the porch of the fair office. "This is the place where people come back and meet their friends," organizer Nancy Henderson said.
"This is the place where people come back and meet their friends," organizer Nancy Henderson said of the fair, which is "Always on Labor Day."
The fair runs Aug. 29 through Sept. 3 at the grounds on U.S. Route 62 and the 2012 fair book is dedicated to Mrs. Henderson's husband, Jim, director of the fair board for 39 years; he passed away March 28.