WELLINGTON — As office manager for the Lorain County Fair, Charisse Nickel has the task of sorting through the remnants of each fair, including all the items fairgoers leave behind.
Nickel said most of the items are junk — from old makeup to sunglasses — but this year, she found something she would like to reunite with its owner.
Nickel has been holding on to a military ring in the hopes its owner will come and claim it. Everything else of value has been claimed, she said, although she still has several purses, cell phones and prescription glasses that can be claimed until Friday when they will be thrown away.
Nickel said she likely will hold on to the ring until someone claims it.
“Something like that, that means something to someone, I try a little harder to find the owner,” she said.
One year, Nickel worked hard to find the owner of a class ring. The ring had been lost at the fair eight years ago, but she managed to track down the Black River High School graduate through the ring’s inscription and Facebook.
“She came and picked it up and couldn’t believe we had it eight years later,” Nickel said.
Now, Nickel has used Facebook to get the word out about the ring by posting on the Lorain County Fair’s page. So far, she hasn’t had any response.
“If we do get an item of real value, usually they have been picked up by now,” she said.
Nickel would not provide a description of the ring to make sure that the rightful owner can claim it. She only said that the ring has no inscription on it.
To claim any missing items, contact the Lorain County Fair’s board office. The items can be picked up at the office behind the grandstand, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Nickel said she still has about 20 to 30 items, including a bag of mascara, several TracFones, prescription glasses, mostly empty purses and keys.
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