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In Memory of Leon Button

                                                      Like many people affiliated with the Harford Fair, Leon
                                                   grew up with the fair attending and showing his animals for
                                                   competition.  His love of horses was also prevalent at the fair
                                                   and in the show ring.  A native of Susquehanna County,
                                                   Leon began competing at the fair as a young boy.  He loved
                                                   dressing up for the horse shows and proudly wore his cowboy
                                                   hat and boots.
                                                      He was an auctioneer and owned Button’s Auction Barn.  He
                                                   used his auctioneering skills at each fair during the livestock
             auctions.  Leon served on the board of directors of the Harford Agricultural Society for 19 years from
             1962-1981. During that time he served as superintendent of the horse department and continued in that
             position until 1986.  Using his skills as an auctioneer along with his interest in 4-H and youth, he started
             the Susquehanna County 4-H livestock auction. His voice could be heard during the Saturday auction
             of the 4-H animals for many years. This auction continues today as a major event at the fair.

                He loved the fair and the people associated with the fair.  In addition to his involvement with
             the fair, Leon was a proud veteran, serving with the US Air Force during the Korean Conflict.
             He was a sixty-five year member of the O.O.O.F. Canawacta Lodge in New Milford.  He was also
             a member of the Lions Club and the Great Bend Fire Company and drove school bus for the Blue
             Ridge School District  He attended the First Presbyterian Church of Hallstead.
                “Leon was an example of the Greatest Generation, always productive and hard working.” He
             loved his family as well as the Harford Fair. He went home to be with his Lord on September 8, 2016,
             at the age of 86.  He is survived by his wife of almost 61 years, Barbara, and his two children, four
             grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

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