Mindy Winegar officially started as Grant County Fair manager Dec. 26.
The former fair secretary has been under guidance of former fair manager Mary Weaver for months and had a big hand in putting together this year’s county fair.
Winegar worked as the fairgrounds secretary for a year and a half and is waiting until she becomes acclimated to the new job before she hires a replacement secretary. She is excited about the promotion and said she is looking forward to the challenge of putting on the fair.
“Mary has really grown the fair a lot and I just hope to continue to keep it growing,” Winegar said.
Winegar said she is not planning any drastic changes but has a few projects planned, such as installing a public address system Weaver worked toward for years, remodeling Kerns Hall and upgrading the pavilion and arena.
For the 2017 county fair, Winegar has booked country music artist Ned LeDoux but is still searching for an opener. She wants to continue to improve the event and engage the community.
The fairgrounds is hosting a slew of events before the fair. The Strawberry Mountain Gun Show & Knife Show in March, the Daddy/Daughter Dance in February and a summer kick-off event are all in the works.
Winegar is already preparing for the eclipse in August and said the 175 campsites available are filling up fast. She is looking forward to meeting people from all over the world and said people as far as Norway and France have reserved sites.
Winegar decided against holding an event in conjunction with the eclipse.
“We decided we were going to be busy enough just policing campers,” she said.
However, they will provide parking for the predicted influx of people.
Winegar is looking forward to taking on new challenges in her position but also has a few worries.
“My biggest concern is making events that the community enjoys,” Winegar said, adding having enough volunteers is a constant concern. “We can’t exist without our volunteers. They’re very important.”