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Heather Nyberg-Schlotzhauer

Beacon Correspondent

The Humboldt County Fair in Ferndale kicked off their opening ceremony under clear beautiful skies on Wednesday with a special ceremony at the main entrance beside their new flag pole. The ceremony was not only to celebrate the 117th year of the fair but also to honor a fallen friend and a 31-year employee of the fair who passed in March.

With the raising of the flag, a 21 gun salute and local 4-H club members, the fair was officially started. Dozens of people came out to watch as the opening ceremonies invited them with enthusiasm to enjoy all that the fair has to offer.

Board of Directors President Tim Renner dedicated the new sign to fallen employee Al Michaels.

”He was a friend, he found the wood for this sign, sanded the wood, and routed the letters,” Renner said. “He was just getting ready to paint it when he passed away. He was a longtime employee and will be missed.”

Emcee Dave Silverbrand greeted the crowd.

”Welcome to the 117th Humboldt County Fair,” he said. “Take the time to visit the livestock and artistic barns. We welcome everyone to come visit and have some fun. Please raise the flag.”

Humboldt County 1st District Supervisor Rex Bohn thanked the fair's leadership in remarks to the crowd.

”My hat goes off to all the Board of Directors. They are a 100 percent volunteer board. These guys have been working very hard. Even up to last night they were still working hard to find places for the still coming in sponsorships for the fair. ... As the landlords of the Humboldt County Fair we are really very pleased with the time and attention to the buildings. The dedication of the Board, volunteers and staff has been very impressive.”

”Thank you for all the great partners for agriculture,” Humboldt County Farm Bureau Executive Director Katherine Zeimer said.

Elizabeth Marshall Maybee dedicated the flag and new sign, singing the national anthem and “God Bless America” and encouraging everyone to join in. After the ceremony at the front gate, the crowd traveled to the traditional site of Friendship Square to continue the opening ceremonies with the posting of the colors.

Photo by Heather Nyberg-Schlotzhauer/Beacon

Dave Silverbrand addresses a large crowd under a clear blue sky to dedicate the new flag pole and dedication of the sign to Al Michaels, a longtime employee of the fair who passed in March.