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Volunteers, others get credit for Fair program

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By SAM HATCHER

We make mention on our front page that the newspaper today contains the 2010 Wilson County Fair catalogue or program book.

It’s a big deal, trust me.

This 96-page book doesn’t just drop into place but rather it is carefully born with almost the same amount of time allotted as for a new infant.

For months, we’re estimating at least seven months, volunteers labor over getting the program ready for press.

They sell advertising for the program, prepare reading copy, arrange pages, proof pages and do what seems to be a thousand other chores to ensure that the massive document will be published on time.

Several are due credit for the successful completion of this annual task, but a very large chunk of the credit should go to two ladies who work together each year like sisters to get the program out.

They are Kathy Haskins and Mary Anne Ferrell.

Kathy chairs the Fair program book committee. She’s been doing this for 22 years. During her time of service she has seen the book grow from 28 pages to this year’s 96 pages.

She well understands deadlines and marshals her committee with the greatest of expertise. Kathy is a busy bee. She’s here, there and everywhere but she gets the job done each year and gets it done right.

Mary Anne is ours.

Mary Anne is our resident graphic artist.

She is the best. She never (almost never) loses it. She can handle pressure with the best of the lot. And together she and Kathy team to put out what has to be considered one of the best county fair program books in the South, maybe in the U.S.

Congratulations to Kathy and Mary Anne on another successful year of publishing the Wilson County Fair program book and to the many volunteers who gave of their time unselfishly to make this happen.

We might also give a pat on the back to the press room crew here at The Post. They did a magnificent job getting this product out and inserted in our newspaper.

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