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August 20 - 25, 2018
161st Harford Fair
Harford Fair Bulletin Board
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TEN HARFORD AGRICULTURAL SOCIETY SCHOLARSHIPS AWARDED
The Harford Agricultural Society recently presented ten $1,000 scholarships at its annual fair banquet held at Dreyer Hall in Montrose. Because several of the recipients were away at college, parents or siblings accepted the scholarship awards on their behalf. Pictured left to right front row are Chad and Chrissie Haley for their son Evan; Robert and Diane Supancik for their daughter Jamie; Amanda Gawel 2017 Harford Fair Queen; Debora and Robert Noldy for their daughter Leah; Rebecca Longacre for her brother Ryan; and Sandy and Earl Marvin for their daughter Brooke Marvin. Back row left to right are Mark and Kristine Cross for their daughter Heidi; and Jill and Michael Swartley for their son Zebulun. Absent from the photo and scholarship recipients were Samantha and Taylor Sebring.
Dreyer Hall in Montrose was the setting for the annual Harford Agricultural Society’s banquet. Over 100 members from the association and guests enjoyed the evening with a fall theme and greeted by Alivia Hughes, Susquehanna County Dairy Ambassador who served cheese and crackers and punch as they gathered in the lobby. Alivia is part of the County Dairy Princess and Promotion program. A moment of silence to remember those killed and injured in Las Vegas at the mass shooting that day was offered followed by Bill Tyler saying grace. The group then enjoyed a delicious buffet dinner.
Following the dinner, the group assembled in the Chapel Room where Dr. Michael Kowalewski, president of the Board of Directors, welcomed everyone and reported that it was a good year for the fair with a total attendance of over 60,000. He then introduced each of the fair directors who were in attendance which included Jason Miller, first vice-president, Cindy G. Reynolds, second vice president, and Mark Pease, treasurer, Brandon Bennett, Matt Holbrook, Ron Stiles, Heidi Stephens Pavelski, David Tyler, and Brian Tyler. Directors Adam Diaz and Kurt Kulick were unable to attend but were recognized.
He then reflected on the 2017 fair and talked about the many improvements made this year on the fairgrounds. He then recognized the office staff which works so hard behind the scenes and includes LouAnn Kiefer, office secretary; Christine Jones Martech secretary; and Toni Graytock, commercial space secretary. He introduced Abby Onyon Cook who will take LouAnn’s place when she leaves in November. She has been the 4-H coordinator for the county for nearly ten years and has a background in agriculture and works well with the youth. He thanked all of the superintendents in attendance as well as acknowledging the volunteers and paid employees who help to make the Harford Fair the success that it has been for 160 years. He said that planning for the 2018 Harford Fair began during the week of this year’s fair and will continue throughout the year.
Dr. Mike then introduced Amanda Gawel, the 2017 Harford Fair Queen, who spoke briefly and thanked everyone who helped her the week of the fair. She is looking forward to representing Harford Fair at the Pennsylvania Association of County Fairs (PACF) Convention in Hershey in January.
This is the eighth year that the scholarships will have awarded a total of $54,000.00 to fifty-nine students. The money for the scholarships is raised through the auction of the first and second place winners in each of the baked goods pies, cakes, and breads categories held each year at the fair on Monday afternoon. The auction on Saturday of the wood carvings crafted throughout the week by the chainsaw carver adds to the fund. Individual donations also contribute to the fund. Dr. Mike expressed appreciation to all who contributed to make the scholarships possible. The applications were due August 31, 2017, and the twenty that were received were reviewed by the scholarship committee chaired by board president Dr. Michael Kowalewski and comprised of directors, Cindy Reynolds and Ron Stiles, along with association members Ginny Beeman. Stanley Kalafut and Owen Bewley are on the scholarship committee but were unable to attend the selection meeting. The committee members agreed that all applicants were strong and worthy of receiving a scholarship. However, the twenty applications (sixteen new ones and four who already had received scholarships in the past) had to be narrowed to ten. New applicants were given priority as is noted in the scholarship guidelines.
Dr. Mike then presented each of the ten $1,000 scholarships to college students who have been involved with the fair for many years. Winners included Amanda Gawel (2017 Harford Fair Queen) who is a freshman at Marywood University and studying pre-physician assistant. Accepting for the other recipients were Kristine and Mark Cross, the parents of Heidi Cross who is a freshman studying Bible Ministry at the Word of Life Bible Institute. Chrissie and Chad Hoadley accepted for their son Evan Hoadley, who is a freshman at Temple studying neuroscience. Accepting for Ryan Longacre who is a sophomore at Bob Jones University studying computer science was his sister Rebecca. Sandy and Earl Marvin accepted for their daughter Brooke Marvin, a freshman studying nursing at Le Moyne College. Deborah and Robert Noldy accepted for their daughter Leah, a freshman at Lehigh University majoring in bioengineering. Accepting for Jamie Supancik, Youth Board President and freshman at Pen State Berks studying ag and extension education, were her parents Diane and Robert Supancik. Michael and Jim Swartley accepted for their son Zebulun Swartley, a freshman at Pennsylvania State University majoring in chemical engineering. The Sebring twins were awarded scholarships but because of a death in their family were unable to attend and accept their scholarships. Samantha is a freshman at Mansfield University studying business administration and Taylor is a freshman at Penn State Berks studying animal science. Recipients represented six area school districts and home schooling. Dr. Mike noted again the quality of the applications and the variety of the fields of study of the applicants and their involvement at the Harford Fair.
Laura Graytock, news reporter and Youth Board member, was then introduced. She thanked their advisors Toni Graytock, Lynn Stiles, Brain Tyler, and Nancy Tyler for all of their guidance and help with the projects that the Youth Board has been involved in which include Farmer for a Day; transporting the trophies to the arena stage from the Information Center as needed; landscaping and planting flowers before the fair; various painting projects on the fairgrounds; distribution of brochures at the July 4th parade in Montrose; preparing and submitting the scrapbook for the 2016 Harford Fair to the state communications competition; and designing and making the signs for the parking lot. She then introduced the power point prepared by Nancy Tyler assisted by Youth Board members Laura Graytock, Josiah Hricko and Maggie Kowalewski.
The audience especially enjoyed the entertainment because most of those in attendance don’t get to see many of the events during the fair because they are working within their own areas. It was a great overview of the 2017 Harford Fair with photos taken by Austin Graham, Maggie Kowalewski, John Mitchell, Lynn Stiles, Mark Terry, and Nancy Tyler. A good time was had by all.
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