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Students compete at Fair Day
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Sheila Fann photo These second-grade girls proudly display their ribbons and cash won during Fair Day activities Friday morning. From left are Eris Treziok, Moni Harris, Maebry Yates, and Clair Jenkins.
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Dawn Griffith jokes around at Fair Day. Now, who will fill her shoes?

By Sheila Fann

Fair Day is a long-standing tradition for Warren County students that reaches back over 40 years. Area schools dismiss on the last Friday of the fair in order for children to enjoy games and rides at reduced rates.  

Customarily, athletic-style games are held in the early mornings to kick off the day. This year, rain held at bay and the temperature was perfect for sack races, football throwing contests, 50-yard dashes, bean bag races and more as children countywide, K-8 grade, represented their respective schools.  Each competitor who placed first through fourth place in any event received a ribbon and a small amount of cash, much to his or her delight.

The events seem simple enough, but it takes time and effort to choreograph the Fair Day games and events considering each school is invited. For many years that person has been Dawn Griffith who is employed with the Warren County School System.  

Dawn’s passion for the children shows as she cheers and encourages all of the participants toward their goal. Sadly, Dawn reported this was her last Fair Day.  

She said, “The Fair Day seems to have gotten away from what this was originally intended to be about and that’s the children. It’s basically a few volunteers, me, and my family, and it needs to have more community involvement to thrive.”  

Griffith says she will prepare the baton to be passed.