October 22, 2014

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Junior board talks about what it takes to put on the fair

Anna Gibbons and Andy Gest — vice-president and president, respectively, of the Junior Fair Board — build a stage in the Junior Fair Barn at Lorain County Fairground on Aug. 15. (CT photo by Steve Manheim.)

Anna Gibbons and Andy Gest — vice-president and president, respectively, of the Junior Fair Board — build a stage in the Junior Fair Barn at Lorain County Fairground on Aug. 15. (CT photo by Steve Manheim.)

The Junior Fair Board plays a large role in the planning of the Lorain County Fair. The members do a variety of things ranging from helping with fair set-up to caring for animals.

Gest

Gest

The board has more than 10 barns at the fairgrounds that host 4-H animals and different projects.

Currently, there are at least 40 dedicated students working in different departments within the board.

President Andy Gest and Vice President Anna Gibbons both said they have thoroughly enjoyed their time serving on the board and plan on taking what they have learned from their experiences with them into the future.

The Chronicle-Telegram: How long have you been involved with the fair?

Andy Gest: I have been involved with the fair and 4-H for 10 years now. It’s been a great experience for me.

Gibbons

Gibbons

Anna Gibbons: I’ve been going to the fair for as long as I can remember. I’ve spent every summer looking forward to the fair since I was a little kid. But, I’ve also been involved in 4-H for 11 years and I’ve been a part of the Junior Fair Board for three years now.

C-T: What kind of work does the board do to prepare for the fair?

Gest: We are at the fair every day working with the animals. We prepare the barns and run the different animals shows during the fair. It usually gets pretty crazy, but it ends up being a lot of fun.

C-T: What is the most valuable lesson you have learned being a part of the fair board?

Gest: I have really learned a lot of things during my time on the fair board. Being the president of the board has taught me a lot about developing leadership skills. I plan on applying a lot of what I have learned as I go throughout the rest of my life.

Gibbons: Working on the fair board has taught me a lot about how to work well with others. We are constantly interacting with people during the fair, so it’s important to have good people skills.

C-T: Now that you have both graduated from high school, what are your plans for the future?

Gest: I will be going to Ohio State in the fall to study construction management.

Gibbons: I will also be attending Ohio State in the fall to study human nutrition. I did a lot of cooking while I was involved with 4-H and I realized that I thoroughly enjoyed it, so I decided to major in nutrition.

Contact Christina Graw at 329-7144 or cgraw@chroniclet.com.