Fair Foundation appreciates lineages of fair volunteers

The Colusa County Fair Foundation presented their second Heritage Awards at the TK Marshall Pavilion before the Redneck Rodeo on June 5.

The Heritage awards were first given at the 2018 fundraiser, and this year, the Foundation’s board members opted to repeat the honors in the same way by honoring those that embodied the spirit of family and history that the fair represents.

Sheila Etchepare, secretary for the Colusa County Fair Foundation, said it was important to take a moment to recognize people who enrich the fairgrounds, some with deeply-embedded roots going back generations.

“(The Heritage Award) sounds prestigious but it’s grassroots; it’s people in the trenches,” Etchepare said.

Plaques were given as a token of gratitude from the Fair Foundation Board by Director Mike Doherty.

The Parkers, the family of Elma Griffith, were present for the honoring of Griffith’s 52 years of work in the Glenn-Colusa Cowbelles, 4-H, and various volunteerism.
The family of Ken Stegall were present for his efforts in the Junior Livestock program every year.

Known for his love and generosity for children, Stegall would purchase steers for all the children to have an opportunity to participate. Stegall would teach the children, allowing the steer to be raised on his home ranch.

The family accepted the award for Jack Baber. A veteran of World War II, Baber served on numerous commissions and boards in leadership roles and was at the beck and call of the 44th District Agriculture Association to help the fair.

The last award was kept a secret so the recipient was completely taken by surprise. The board voted unanimously to recognize Fair Board member Terry Bressler for his many contributions.

Known to be the man to fix any Fair-related problem – or to know who could fix it if he couldn’t – Bressler was presented with a lifetime membership to the Fair Foundation at the ceremony.

“He works synergistically with our foundation and with the fair board and everything that we do,” Etchepare said. “He’s a go-to guy; 911 for anything fair-related is actually Terry Bressler’s phone number.” ■