Troy Fair holds Senior Day
TROY - The Troy Fair is a time for fun and good times, but on Tuesday it was also a time for recognition and honors.
The fair held its annual "Senior Day" to recognize senior citizens, with vendors set up in the tent in the Lower Meadow. Also, at noon, a former member of the Troy Fair Board of Directors, Mike Powers, was honored as the 2014 Outstanding Fair Ambassador in a special presentation. In addition, he received a citation from the state House of Representatives from state Rep. Matt Baker.
Barron "Boots" L. Hetherington, special advisor to the governor, was on hand to present the 2014 Outstanding Fair Ambassador award, from the Pennsylvania Department Agriculture, to Powers. It's dated July 22 and signed by George D. Greig, the state agriculture secretary.
Powers, who is also the mayor of Troy, appeared to be surprised and overwhelmed by the honor.
"Back many, many years ago when I was asked to join, I never envisioned that this day would happen, and I want to thank the fair board, I want to thank the good Lord, and I want to thank you all," Powers said. "It's been an honor and a pleasure and something I'll never forget for the rest of my life."
Powers reminded everyone that the fair is not just made possible by one person.
"It's a team," he said.
Powers stepped down from the fair board due to business and family commitments, according to fair president Cathy Jenkins. She said he had been on the board for approximately 20 years. But she noted that Powers is still a big part of the fair. She thanked him.
The Outstanding Fair Ambassador award reads:
"In recognition of the outstanding leadership, volunteerism and dedication exhibited by fair volunteers throughout the Commonwealth, I hereby recognize Mike Powers for his many years of service to the Troy Fair."
"As all our state's 109 fairs depend on volunteers for successful operation, Mike's work with the fair is essential, and allows the fair to remain a showcase of local talent, a celebration of our rural heritage and a vital tool in teaching how agriculture provides food, fuel and fiber for our commonwealth and beyond."
"Mike's time and dedication given to the fair is the mark of an exemplary fair ambassador and worthy of emulation. On behalf of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, I offer my gratitude for his role in telling the story of Pennsylvania agriculture."
Baker presented Powers a citation from the state House of Representatives, which notes that Powers has been a long-time member of the Troy Fair Board and "also assists with maintaining the fair's sound system and the parking of large vehicles on the grounds."
"In addition, he broadcasts from the fair on his radio station. Long devoted to the welfare of others, Mr. Powers is truly deserving of praise and recognition for his tireless efforts on behalf of the Troy Fair."
Baker said he was pleased to present Powers with the state House of Representatives citation. He read the citation and congratulated Powers.
In addition, Hetherington presented the Troy Fair with its allocation of $28,238.50 from the Pennsylvania Fair Fund.
Meanwhile, several vendors were set up for the Senior Day as senior citizens took advantage of health screenings. For those 65 years old and older, there was free admission until 2 p.m.
Diane Sindoni, marketing director of the Manor, said that the Manor was offering paraffin hand waxing at Senior Day, with 15-20 people taking advantage of the service. She said its helps with carpal tunnel syndrome, arthritis and joint pain. The Manor was also publicizing its rehabilitation department, which Sindoni said is the most requested in the county. She said the event was enjoyable, and noted that she saw senior citizens from the local senior citizen centers and also from the Manor.
Two new doctors who will be practicing for Guthrie in September in the local area were on hand to introduce themselves. Dr. Sara Swain will be practicing in Troy and Canton and Dr. Kristine Tofts will be practicing in Troy. They will practice family medicine, with obstetrics. Tofts, who graduated from Troy High School in 2002, was happy about being back in the area. Swain said her parents and grandparents were from the Canton area.
Ed Boardman, with BeST Transit, was another vendor at Senior Day, sharing information about BeST, such as door to door shared rides and public transportation, in general. "Events like this are a huge way for us to get the word out," he said, adding that he "always looks forward to the Troy Fair."
The antique tractor parade, held at a new time this year of 2 p.m., also took place Tuesday. Fred Passeri of Columbia Cross Roads led off the parade in a 1911 Case steam engine, according to Barb Perry, who helps with the tractor parade.
"We've had a lot of people taking pictures of it and talking about it. It's an attention getter."
A total of 29 tractors were in the parade this year. She said the new time worked out better than she thought it would and resulted in a better turnout in the grandstands. In previous years, the parade was held in the evening.
Brian Canfield, vice president of the Troy Fair, noted that there have been several major improvements to Alparon Park that were made in time for the fair this year. They include:
- Brand new sound systems in the grandstands, cattle barns, and in the exhibit hall. He said the sound systems, which cost approximately $70,000, are working out "very good."
- The installation of handrails in the grandstands, for a cost of $25,000. The aisles in the grandstands were also widened. These improvements make the grandstands more visitor-friendly, Canfield said.
- The blacktopping of the remaining portion of the track on the north end of the fairgrounds
- The installation of new electric in the area of the north end of the fairgrounds, for use by vendors during the fair and to improve the campground.
"All the net profits (from the fair) go into such improvements at the park," he said.
"I think it's been well-received," he said of all the work.
He noted that the blacktopping, for example, has cut down on dust.
Eric Hrin can be reached at (570) 297-5251; email: firstname.lastname@example.org.