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Fair honorees announced

The Archuleta County Fair Board is honored to dedicate the 2009 Archuleta County Fair to the late Gene Crabtree.

The dedication of a fair is to the memory of someone who has recently passed away and who, during their lifetime ,was enthusiastically involved in the Archuleta Couinty Fair and the 4-H program. While we are still deeply saddened at the loss of our Friend of the Fair, we would like to remember and respect Gene for his work and the example he set as a dedicated resident of Archuleta County.

We cannot sufficiently express our gratitude for all of Gene’s support ot the Fair over the years. Whatever we needed, he was always there. Gene was a devoted husband, brother, father and grandfather, and a dear friend to us all. He brightened our days with his smile and unique character. Gene and his wife and sweetheart of 31 years, Susan, moved to Pagosa Springs in 1991. During his time here, he served as county commissioner and was influential through his involvement with community organizations and committees. He will be greatly missed.

To the nemory of a Great Friend of the Fair

Gene Crabtree

October 7, 1938-April 20, 2009

Western Heritage Gentleman and Fair Lady

The Archuleta County Fair Board is honored to announce the 2009 Archuleta County Fair Western Heritage Gentleman and Fair Lady recipients, Jim and Pam Martin.

For the honor of Western Heritage Gentleman, the Fair Board selects a man who has been a great supporter of the fair and 4-H. This man typically is involved in the community and historically has shown his community spirit and support for the people and activities of the county. This manis the kind of man it took to win the West. Jim’s getting-it-done spirit has been a big part of many county fairs, making sure that things happen. He has been called the “ultimate handyman,” who has developed great knowledge and know-how in everything from automotive maintenance to computers to construction. Also, his support and quiet presence in the 4-H program have given many youth the confidence to make their efforst the best they possibly can.

The Fair Board selects a woman for the honor of Fair Lady,who continually upholds the western family traditions that are the roots of this county. That woman should also be a long-time supporter of the fair and the 4-H program — one who has made a significant contribution of her time and talents to the county. We believe that Pam definitely meets the qualifications, and exceeds them. Her support for the 4-H program has been noted by many in our community, as has her willingness to go the extra mile to help our program in Archuleta County shine. She has an effortless spirit for teaching, sharing and caring. She does this in a manner that is natural, not forced, making those around her feel comfortable in her presence.

Jim and Pam moved to Pagosa more than 16 years ago and became immersed in 4-H. Their three children became fascinated by the thought of showing a steer. From that time on, Michelle, Jacob and Mitchell were heavily involved in 4-H, and Jim and Pam followed as dutiful parents. Whether it is helping 4-H members with their projects, showing ways of tending to their livestock, recognizing youth for an achievement or just sharing some pearls of wisdom to those around them,they are both there, leading the way. 4-H participants, parents and friends of 4-H know they can always count on Jim and Pam to be there, whenever they are needed. The Fair Board is indebted to Jim and Pam for their selfless, behind-the-scenes work.

Super Superintendent

The Archuleta County Fair Board is honored to announce the recipient of the 2009 Archuleta County Fair Super Superintendent award — Chrissy Karas. Good fairs need hard-working people and we would like to recognize Chrissy’s efforts to not only making the fair more interesting, but well-rounded as well. She puts her talents to work organizing, registering and encouraging entrants. We cannot adequately express our gratitude for all of her work in this very important area of the fair. Chrissy and her husband, Nick, moved to Pagosa Springs more than 20 years ago. They have two sons, Avery and Aristotle. She has a passion for gardening and has been a key promoter of the local Farmer’s Market. Chrissy’s positive attitude and infectious smile will grab you as you go by her booth, where she is doing her natural best as a superintendent during the Archuleta County fair.

Super Volunteer

The Archuleta County Fair Board is honored to announce the recipient of the 2009 Archuleta County Fair Super Volunteer award. — Brenda Wanket.

The fair could not exist without the hours that many people devote to planning, executing, organizing and providing physical labor to make the fair what it is. While we have so many people to thank and recognize, this award is our way to salute one person each year for their over-the-top efforts on behalf of the Fair Board. We would like to recognize Brenda’s efforts as she puts her talents to work organizing and supervising the Rabbit and Poultry sections of 4-H and Open Class Livestock. Brenda and her husband, Craig, moved to Pagosa Springs in 1994 with their two children, Alan and Bethany. They own Leaning Pine Ranch, where they raise horses, chickens, rabbits, steer, goats, alpaca and many other animals that have a special place in Brenda’s heart.

2009 fair

Whoa doggies! Time flies, and it seems that not long ago we were putting up the tents for the last years’ fair. We’ve planned a pretty nice shindig for ya’ll this year, so pull your hats down tight and get ready to see How the West Has Fun, at the 58th annual Archuleta County Fair — today, July 30 through Sunday, Aug. 2.