With summer coming, volunteers and county fair board members alike are preparing for the 163rd Ingham County Fair.
“We have over 2,000 man hours that go into carrying out just the six days of the actual fair,” said Ingham County Fair Executive Director Sandra Dargatz. “Apart from those countless volunteers and staff that work with us during the fair, over 150 volunteers work throughout the year with the youth to provide educational workshops, and to conduct meetings that assist in preparing the youth for their fair projects.”
Some new aspects of this year’s fair include a creation station with pottery and canvas painting as well as a locally sourced farmer’s market.
Dargatz said the purpose of the fair is to provide safe, family-centered entertainment. Her favorite parts are watching children enjoy activities and seeing families spend quality time with each other.
“Our goal is to ensure that families from all the surrounding communities have time to slow down and spend time together.” said Dargatz.
Dargatz was born in Mason; her childhood home was originally where the current Mason City Hall sits at Park and Ash streets. Her father was a deputy innthe Ingham County Sheriff’s Department for more than 30 years.
“I guess the adage that life comes full circle is very true for me.” said Dargatz. “Although I have had a rewarding career in both education and the medical field, it is the fair that bring me such a sense of accomplishment and connection to my roots.”
The fair will run July 31 to Aug. 5. For details, visit the Ingham County Fair’s website.