MOUNT VERNON — Rochelle Adam is back on the job as Junior Fair Coordinator for the Knox County Fair Board and anxious to get things back on course.
The Junior Fair Coordinator position has been vacant since November when, on a 12-7 vote, the Senior Fair Board did not renew Adam’s contract. At the board meeting last week, in reply to questions from Junior Fair Board members, President John Curtis would only say that the action was due to “personality conflicts.” The board went into executive session to discuss filling the position, and when they returned to public session, voted overwhelmingly on a voice vote to ask Adam to return to the position “with their apology,” and added the provision that she would report to two senior board members: Bruce Gregg, who agreed to resume his role as chairman of the Junior Fair Committee, and Senior Board President John Curtis.
Her first priority is to get the Junior Fair Board organized and moving on events for the 2012 Junior Fair.
“We’re extending our application deadline for participation in the Junior Fair Board to Friday,” she said. “We encourage eligible youth to do that.”
Application forms can be obtained on the OSU Extension Service website and should be at the Extension office on Harcourt Road by 5 p.m. Friday.
Usually, between 50 and 60 members serve on the Junior Fair Board and, with the help of adult volunteers, run the Junior Fair programs.
Junior Fair Board members are normally selected in November and organize at their first meeting in December.
“We’re way behind,” Adam said, but she’s confident once the Junior Fair Board members are in place, they’ll catch up quickly. In her experience, “they’re quick to roll up their sleeves” and get problems taken care of.
“We need to get people back in place. Our goal is a successful program for youth,” she said.
Adam said she was never told why she was “not renewed.”
“I had no indication there were problems. I was very shocked. There was never anything brought to my attention.”
Gregg said he is “glad everything worked out in the best interest of the kids. It’s time to get ready for the Junior Fair.”
He acknowledged that preparation for the Junior Fair is a bit behind where it normally is, but “she (Adam) knows what to do and can jump in and get things back up to speed.”
He added, “I was proud of the kids. It’s not easy to walk in to a meeting with a bunch of adults and stand up for what is right.”