Lancaster farming. (Lancaster, Pa., etc.) 1955-current, January 29, 2000, Image 35

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Lancaster Fanning Staff
HERSHEY (Dauphin Co.)
Anne Clark from the Tioga
County Fair was named fan
person of the year last Friday
night during the Pennsylvania
State Association of County
Kevin Houghtaling, President of the Tioga County Fair
r Board, congratulates Anne Clark for the presti
gious Fair Person of the Year award at the PSACF state
convention last week.
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County Native Wins
Person Of The Year
Fair’s Annual Convention. The
convention was held in conjunc
tion with the Pennsylvania State
Showmen’s Association’s
Annual Convention.
The Tioga County Fair Board
nominated Clark for the presti
gious honor. Clark has been
active in both her local fair
board and the state association
for many years. 2000 marked
her 26th year at the Annual
“I was really surprised and
honored to have been chosen as
fair person of the year,” said
Clark. “There are 114 fairs, and
anyone from any of those fairs
can be nominated.”
In 1972, Clark was the first
woman to be elected to the state
executive board, and she has
served on several committees
since then. Some of the commit
tees she has served on include
convention registration and
planning, seminar, roundtable,
and PSACF promotion at the
Pennsylvania Farm Show.
In 1984, she was elected secre
tary for her county fair board
and still holds that position
today. While serving on the
county board, she helped to in
crease fair attendance, raise the
premiums paid to exhibitors,
and increase the size of the
Tioga County fairgrounds.
“It’s a real honor to think that
my own committee thought
enough of me to nominate me
for this award,” said Clark.
“But it’s just a reflection of the
entire fair board. One person
doesn’t do these things. It takes
the entire committee doing
things together to make a fair a
In addition to serving on her
fair board, Clark is also active in
her church, serving as youth
leader, church pianist, choir di
rector, women’s fellowship pres
ident, and helping with both
bible school and Sunday school.
She is also a 4-H leader and
serves on the Cooperative Ex
tension executive committee as
In 1995, Clark was honored
by the International Association
of Fairs and Exhibitions with
the prestigious Hardee's Ameri
can Heritage Award given for
her volunteer efforts in the fair
industry. She was also honored
in 1997 with the state honorary
FFA award.
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During the convention, the as
sociation also awarded winners
of the communications competi
tion. Each fair had the opportu
nity to enter in the following
categories premium book,
premium tabloid, non-premium
tabloid, promotional materials,
website, scrapbook, fair display,
and both amateur and profes
sional videotapes.
The Best of Show award went
to Westmoreland County Fair.
Winners in the premium book
category included Cambria
County, Elizabethtown, and
Butler Farm Show. Westmore
land won the premium tabloid
category, with Montour Delong
& Hookstown Fair and Eliza
bethtown Fair taking second
and third place.
In the non-premium tabloid
category, Oley Valley, West
End, and Greene-Dreher-
Sterling were all winners. Centre
County Grange won the promo
tional materials category, with
USDA recently announced $125
million in direct cash payments
to dairy farmers hurt by low
prices, and $500,000 to help
small farmers and ranchers
market and export their prod
“Dairy farmers are being
squeezed by market conditions
that don’t allow them a fair price
for their product,” said Agricul
ture Secretary Dan Glickman.
“This assistance is sorely needed
to help keep many small- and
medium-size dairy producers in
business until prices stabilize.”
The money is in addition to
$2OO million distributed last
The Dairy Market Loss Assis
tance program provides pay
ments based on an operation’s
milk production in 1997 or 1998.
Eligible dairy farmers who did
not participate in the program
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Westmoreland and Elizabeth
town taking second and third.
Green-Dreher-Sterling won
first place in the website cate
gory. Westmoreland and Bed
ford were awarded second and
third place respectively. Scrap
book honors went to Elizabeth
town, Spartansburg, and
Kimberton. Fair Display prizes
were awarded to Jacktown,
Oley, and Kimberton.
In the amateur videotape cat
egory, Crawford County took
first, while Clinton County and
Hookstown were awarded
second and third place respec
tively. In the commercial divi
sion of the videotapes,
Washington County took first,
with Fayette County winning
1,750 people attended the
convention, which was held at
the Hershey Lodge and Conven
tion Center last Thursday
through Saturday.
last summer must sign up at
their local Farm Service Agency
offices or USDA Service Centers
from Jan. 24 to Feb. 28, 2000.
The USDA also announced it
would provide $500,000 to help
small farmers develop new ways
to market their products.
Under USDA’s Sustainable
Agriculture Research and Edu
cation Program, the University
of Vermont, University of Neb
raska, University of Georgia,
and Utah State University will
select and assist new marketing
projects such as direct selling to
restaurants and institutions,
agri-tourism and pick-your-own
The USDA will also provide
technical assistance to help
sma'l farmers and ranchers
form cooperatives to export
crops and livestock to interna
tional markets.