MOUNT VERNON — A lot of people went home happy Wednesday evening.
A standing-room only crowd of Junior Fair Board members, parents and 4-H advisors filled the room for the monthly Knox County Fair Board meeting seeking answers to their questions about why Junior Fair Coordinator Rochelle Adam was dismissed from her position in November and whether there would still be a Junior Fair program this year.
They broke into applause when the board, after a short executive session, voted overwhelmingly to ask Adam to return to the position, with an apology, and specifying that she will answer to two board members designated by the executive committee.
Equine Coordinator Kyle Walls and Junior Fair Committee Chairman Bruce Gregg agreed to return to their positions if Adam takes the job back. Walls and Gregg had resigned those positions in the wake of Adam’s dismissal.
Gregg, a fair board member, said he had resigned the committee post because “I didn’t agree with the decision.”
Gavin Rundell, vice president of the Junior Fair Board, spoke for the delegation of eight Junior Fair Board members attending, asking the senior board why Adam was not renewed in her position.
Fair Board President John Curtis said the action was due to “personality conflicts,” although he acknowledged that was not a good answer.
Rundell, a member of Down on the Farm 4-H Club and a five-year member of the Junior Fair Board, then asked why other people were stepping down from positions. Curtis said, “personal preference.”