“Friends of Fair” announced
Mifflin County Youth Fair & Open Show is proud to announce the recipients of the Mifflin County Youth Fair & Open Show 2020 “Friend of Fair” award. Wilson and Nancy Goss were among the nominations and the Open Show Committee chose the Goss’, aware that Wilson passed away unexpectedly in January.
The Friend of Fair Award is usually presented during the Opening Ceremony of the Mifflin County Youth Fair & Open Show, however due to the current Covid-19 restrictions, the award was presented during the Livestock Auction on August 8th. Nancy received the award on behalf of Wilson and herself.
Wilson and Nancy were both 4-H’ers as teenagers. Wilson showed Ayrshires while Nancy was active in the Green Building clubs. Once their children became active in 4-H and FFA, Wilson became active helping around the Fair. He remained active as his grandchildren and now great grandchildren became 4-H’ers and FFA’ers, most recently helping with the barn concrete project. Wilson always tried to get non 4-H kids interested in 4-H. He would often give kids a rabbit to get them started in 4-H.
Once Wilson retired he and Nancy became active on the Open Show Committee. They were at Fair everyday helping with every Open Show activity including Set up, Back Home Country Fun Contests, Judging, Baked Goods Auction, Benefit Auction and Tear down. Between all those activities they were often found manning the Open Show Booth to answer Fair visitor’s questions. They still found time to attend their grandchildren and great grandchildren’s shows. Wilson & Nancy always supported all the activities of our Fair.
Their biggest contribution to our Fair has been their tireless efforts gathering donations for the Benefit Auction. Wilson and Nancy spent day after day in Mifflin and Centre County visiting businesses, talking to managers and owners, and then returning to pick up donations. They always took Fair flyers along, spending as much time promoting the Fair as they did gathering donations.
Wilson and Nancy have been very active in the community as well. They served for years in their church, Siglerville St. John’s Lutheran, on the council, also assisting with many church activities and fundraisers. They supported many community activities including Fireman’s Festivals, Community Days, helping occasionally with Dairy Promotion, and much more.
We feel Wilson and Nancy Goss exemplify the “Heart” of our Fair. As 4-H’ers 4-H and FFA parents, Open Show Exhibitors, serving on the Open Show Committee and Fair Board Committee, they have experienced the Fair from all avenues. Wilson and Nancy have been some of our best Fair Ambassadors.