Harford Fair gets underway
BY ROBERT L. BAKER
Forty years ago, Frank Supancik had a dream to use the Harford Fairgrounds to promote the area’s wool industry.
On Sunday night, the state Department of Agriculture honored him at the same location with its honorary Fair Ambassador award.
“He and his wife Betsy truly exemplify what the Harford Fair is all about,” Boots
Hetherington, PDA fair administrator, said.
For the past 28 years, Supancik has served on the Harford Fair’s Board of Directors and in addition to promoting its sheep department had a big hand in pushing almost everything agricultural.
In 1994, Supancik took charge of the fair’s main arena, but his work went far beyond his official capacities, Hetherington said, noting that he took the initiative to make sure the fairgrounds were safe and appealing to the more than 60,000 fair goers who attend each year.
A special feature he had a hand in introducing was the Farmer for a Day exhibit which is a full-sized cow which the kids can actually milk. Fondly known as Harriet the Harford Fair Cow, she allows children to see where milk actually comes from.
Also remembered on Sunday was Maybelle Oakley, who never missed a Harford Fair in 80 years prior to her death last December.
Fair director Cindy Reynolds said Oakley’s smile was
familiar to all who visited the Vegetable Hall where for 40 years she served as superintendent. Her daughter Joan and son Dave were each given a bouquet of flowers for their family’s investment in the fair.
On Sunday night, Harford Fair President Michael Kowaleski welcomed the public to a week which he said, for years had been the place for cows, plows and sows.
“It’s a lot more than that,” he smiled, while urging the public to enjoy the more than 1500 animal exhibits, more than 400 fruit and vegetable displays and countless other fun things to do.
The 156th Harford Fair officially opened Monday.
Wednesday highlights include a Baby Show at 9:30 a.m., and a truck pull at 7 p.m.
The main attraction for the week will be country music
artist Rodney Atkins on Thursday at 8 p.m.
On Friday, new vendor Dave Martin’s Championship Rodeo will be in the main arena at 7:30 p.m. to entertain audiences with everything from calf roping to bull riding.
And, on Saturday, the ever popular Demolition Derby gets underway at 7 p.m.
For more details about the demonstrations and other shows, including a high-flying canine act at the fair which
runs through Saturday just off exit 217 of I-81, visit www.harfordfair.com