MOUNT VERNON — The political calendar says it’s time to be focused on the first Tuesday in November, when Democrats and Republicans (and a few Independents) will square off in this presidential election year. But closer to home, and literally more down to earth, the Knox County Agricultural Society is gearing up for the first Wednesday in September.
Sept. 5 is set as the date for election of seven society directors and a slate of officers to help plan and execute the 2013 Knox County Fair.
The Ag Society’s Board of Directors is selected according to State Agriculture Department guidelines and the society’s constitution. There are 21 elected directors as well as several ex-officio members, and the three-year terms of seven directors are coming to a close.
One of the directors who will seek re-election is John Curtis, the board’s current president. Curtis presided over the board’s Aug. 1, the first held since the 2012 fair, and said it was an upbeat session.
“We had some real concerns this year because we got reports from earlier fairs that they were down a bunch in attendance,” Curtis said. “We did a lot better and the weather gave us a little break. Overall we were very pleased.”
This year’s fair attendance of 163,450 was down 8 percent from a year ago. Curtis said that from his perspective the week went very smoothly, and that the Sheriff’s Office reported very few problems.
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