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Farming, fun highlighted in Lewis County Fair theme

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LOWVILLE — “Where farming and fun are rolled into one.”

That’s the theme for the 2014 Lewis County Fair, courtesy of local pharmacist Jennifer Lovenduski, who submitted the winning entry in the fair’s first theme-naming contest.

“I was just on my lunch break and read the article,” Mrs. Lovenduski said. “And in about 10 minutes, I had it.”

The theme represents the family atmosphere of the local fair, along with its continued emphasis on agriculture, she said.

As the winner, Mrs. Lovenduski earned a pair of grandstand passes for the entire week’s worth of events.

Almost 70 entries were received in the inaugural contest, said Susan M. Berrus, secretary of the Lewis County Agricultural Society, which operates the fairgrounds and organizes the annual county fair.

Submissions were narrowed to the top five by a group of people with ties to Lewis County who now live elsewhere; then the society board chose the winner, she said.

The contest was extremely close, with an initial vote ending in a tie between two entries, Mrs. Berrus said. Mrs. Lovenduski’s theme subsequently was selected in a revote, she said.

“Board members thought this just rolled off your tongue,” Mrs. Berrus said.

Fair organizers were very pleased with the response to the inaugural naming contest, which was similar to one held by the New York State Fair last year.

“We will probably do it again,” Mrs. Berrus said.

The winner also was in favor of continuing the contest.

“It’s another way to get the public involved,” Mrs. Lovenduski said.

The Lewis County Fair will celebrate its 194th year when it returns July 15 to 19.

The fair will continue to offer free admission to the grounds, while Rosaire’s Royal Racing Pigs and Sylvia Fletcher, the Comedy Ventriloquist, with her Magic Trunk, are slated to provide free entertainment throughout the five-day fair.

Country singer Jon Pardi will be the headline act, while regular events such as the truck and tractor pulls and the demolition derby will return for another year.

There will be a charge for grandstand entertainment Wednesday evening through Saturday and for parking on fair grounds.

For more information about the Lewis County Fair, visit its website at www.lewiscountyfair.org or follow the fair’s Facebook page.

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