From the President

Dear Fair Exhibitors,

Back in the day our Guilford Fair was a big deal for everyone. Our community was like a big family and Fair Day was a giant family reunion.

Here we are today in 2016, with an upcoming presidential election, and with all the divisiveness in our nation, it occurs to me that the Guilford Fair has remained a catalyst that brings our community together. Participation in our Fair has always remained strong. People of all ages still enjoy entering our competitions and exhibits. Our youth especially, have learned early on, the joy of entering exhibits and then coming to the fair to see what their friends entered. It seems these values have carried forth into adulthood. All one has to do is witness the busyness of the Fair office staff accepting entries the Saturday before the Fair.

Each year we receive many entries from past residents who no longer live in our community, still wishing to participate in our competitions. As well, many past residents plan a trip “home” during Fair weekend. They enjoy the annual re-connection with their Guilford family.

This year we welcome the GHS classes of 1956, 1971 and 1976, which are all holding their class reunions during Fair weekend. In addition, Guilford’s own, American Idol winner Nick Fradiani, will be coming home to be Saturday night’s featured musical artist.

On behalf of the Guilford Agricultural Society, its officers, directors and members, we welcome home the GHS classes of ’56, ’71 and ’76 and thank them for making Fair weekend their special reunion weekend. We also welcome home Nick Fradiani and congratulate him on all his success. Most of all we want to thank our family of exhibitors and fairgoers that make our Guilford Fair truly an annual reunion event.

Sincerely,

John Hammarlund

President, Guilford Agricultural Society