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August 14, 2013
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Letter: Early opening and Seniors Day at Douglas County Fair were good decisions

Free Seniors Day applauded

Commendations to the Douglas County Fair for offering seniors free admission during Senior Day at this year’s fair. I remember well the Douglas County Fair of 1991; it was the last fair before my father died and also the last year seniors were admitted free.

Milo Muirhead enjoyed driving to the fair and sitting in the park listening to organist Vern Reynolds entertain the crowds. I often wonder if my father, being the thrifty Scotsman that he was, would have attended future fairs, once the fair began charging a reduced adult fee for seniors on Senior Day.

I don’t know why or when the decision was made to allow seniors free entry once again, but thank you for doing it this year. Also, thank you for opening the gates at 7 a.m., instead of the traditional 11 a.m. opening. It didn’t make sense to me to officially open the gates to the public at 11, when many of the livestock events began hours earlier. The flip side of an 11 a.m. opening meant that early fair-goers sometimes entered the grounds free.

Now, if the Douglas County Fair Board would only allow the Umpqua Model Railroaders to once again have a year-round exhibit, the fair would be perfect.

Monte Muirhead


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