The current fair board and previous boards that continue to help with the fair are some of the kindest and hardest-working people you’ll ever know. A majority of the tasks to be completed fall during work days where members volunteer their time, not to mention their tools and heavy machinery to complete just about any task imaginable. The Muscatine County Fair grounds are very fortunate to have so many individuals with a wide array of skills and the willingness to get projects completed.
Along with members, there are many other volunteers too long to list, including the folks at the ticket booth when it’s 100 degrees outside, the groundskeepers who keep the surroundings pristine, the individuals in the office that turns into a command center during fair, judges, master gardeners, Rotary Club, and of course we cannot forget our spouses and families who support us, especially during fair week where we can easily put in 15-20 hour days. Many of the members will actually bring a trailer in just for the week so they don’t have to drive after a long day.
Being a fair board member isn’t always easy as it’s a year-round job, especially with all the work that was completed to have the Fair Grounds listed on the Historical Register. But it’s all worth it when you witness firsthand what goes on behind the scenes and how much the public has embraced the efforts of all the hard work that volunteers completed to preserve the grounds for future generations to enjoy and to build memories and make friends that will last a lifetime.