Galesburg Register-Mail from Galesburg, Illinois on July 27, 1973 · Page 18
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Galesburg Register-Mail from Galesburg, Illinois · Page 18

Galesburg, Illinois
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Friday, July 27, 1973
Page 18
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it\' * *« ANDRBA FKRRETT1 (Staff Writer) For a man who has worked as one of the key OUganizeM of CM of the tefgest county f? faifs in the state, Wendell Partis has little to say about ieC ••A r • J •A- t -t- s experiences. When< asked about years secretary-tPeasiirer of the Knox County Fair, he simply answers: "I like offering people 4Wn*eTniflg worwi- white to com* to once a year." He doesn't pinpoint specific experiences but tttafylbe that stems from the routine of t his j6b. Each year he spends \- frofft 20 to 40 hours a week & working for no pay to organize^ the yearly county event. In*addition, he works as a faffifckwn administrator for J J] Metftfdbtdn Life insurance Co. It was because of his lile insurance work that asr amted the role <rf secretary- treasurer. Farris, 56, cattle to the community from Blandins- viile in the \9Ws, In order to build up contacts, for his business, m decided to associate (With (aim people. Hie best way he knew to do (hat was become involved with the fair. "I was born and raised on a iarrft. I showed hogs while in high xfctxri and enjoyed fairs back then," Farris explains. "Now I've more than accomplished my purpose of getting acquainted with farmers." He now lives at 466 Isle Royal Road in Galesburg. Since he has accomplished his goal, his major chaHenge each year is to make the Knox County Fair better than the one the year before, His greatest satisfaction <& late was seeing a new 3,000-seat grandstand built in 1971. The old bleachers had been damaged in a storm. fadeirtent weather seems typical of the fair week, he indicated. 'It's a common joke arbund town that the week of the Knox County Fair will bring rain." To protect investments the fair board has bought rain insurance. Another method of protecting investments and handling emergencies at the Knoxvitte fairgrounds is Faiwis's habit <rf "working while he sleeps." He and his wife sometimes set up a small mobile home on the grounds so they will be on h^nd at all times. Mrs. Farris also helps at fairs by playing hostess to visiting dignitaries such r > senators and representatives. "Once you get involved in the fair world you like to keep associating with fair people/' her husband commented. Visit Knox County \ And On The Woy Visit Beautiful New r 1 Store And SeeOur r Large Display In addition to his Knox County Fair dealings, Farris •is president of the Northern Illinois Zone of County Fairs. This encompasses about 26 counties. "I do it just because I like he fair. I like people," he ^plained. •I 1 f E -m Equipment * Are Conveniently Located Frontage Rood Just North t Weover-Yemm Chevrolet Phone Clown To Boost '73 County Fair Wimipy the Clown will pro- mate the 1973 Knox County Fair at shopping centers, recreation areas and on radio and television, according to Wendell Farris, fair secretary, i Farris said Wimpy is na- tionaUy-known and will come to the Knox County Fair from the North Daktoa State Fair. Farris said the clown will visit Lake 1 Storey and Lake Bracken as we'll as other recreation spots during the weekend. r i 3 7 '( More than a billion "bite" of information can be sent over a laser beam in one second. 'ft* P A i I .t • - ^ * FtrVJKS •to* Ml With HYBRID •t J ^ L BILITY-PROFIT A deeply rooted reason for planting Funk's G-Hybrids their superior Aw 4* 'i standability against heavy winds and rains, You harvest all you plant — for greater profits! 4 4 F • i 1 t ATTEND THE 120th KNOX COUNTY FAIR JULY 31 » AUGUST 5 SWANSON SEED ' INC. GALESBURG, ILLINOIS 'Matterhorn' Ii New Fair Hide Rcid's Specticulaf Carnival will feature a new rkfe fed the "Matterhom" in addition to the cafWv|l!« I variety of other ftttraetions nest week at the Knox County Fair. The fide, which cofnes from Germany, generates a treat deal of speed and can seat 1;200 persons in an hour, according to Mrs. Robert Reid, the carnival owner. Appearing at the fair for the sixth coniectttive year, the carnival will also have such fides as an WMoot-high sky wheel, a geisterbohn (German ghost train), a scooter, liit*a-whirl, scrambler, spider, paratrooper and fides fof children. other attractions will be a spook castle, an illusion show featuring "the headless woman," game concessions and various food stands. Wendell Farris, key man behind Knox County Fair ORDER NOW FOR I BIGGER PROFITS NEXT YEAR! Colt 2IM217 to lor ly Mi wry of AGRICULTURAL LIMESTONE T Carlson 906 t. MAIN ST., KNOXVILU, ILL - J- I //Mi A THERE'S IN DIFFERENCE V That's we Are So Selec live in the Brands We J j i " r r 4 Carry. YouVe not familiar with all of our famous brands, 4 but in each piece youlj readily see the fine quality construction that can only be done by craftsmen who care. The wood finishes are all hand rub* bed for a look of elegance and the fabrics speak for F themselves. Won't you 1st us show you the built-in quality? Here's just a few of our famous brands: Bern A Madden Custom Furniture, Taylor of Jamestown, Jasper Cabinet Company, Rembrandt and Stiffel Decorator Lamps, Fine Tables from k Weiman, and White of Mebane. h F Less THERE'S IN DIFFERENCE PRICE •7.* F I % - 1 *• r '••l/l'^tsl 1 • , *t \ + • •• •. High price does not always mean high quality* That's why knowing that rii the furniture you buy is going to give you years and years of excellent service is so important. Because of our low overhead and cost of operation we are able to sell top quality furniture for less. Evtry Day We Offer The Finest In Furniture Priced Manufactured Suggested List Price There's A Difference Fairs Be Sure To Attend 120th KNOX COUNTY FAIR Tues. thru Sun. THERE'S FUN FOR EVERYONE With A Touch of Yeiterday . . . The Knox County Fair Coffers fxhibits, Uveitwck/ Judging, A r Midway of Fun, Roces and Out* standing Grandstand fntertciinment 2035 Grand Ave. Phone 342-6618 I* 1 4 It ' 9

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