Published On: Thu, Jan 23rd, 2014

Future of Randolph’s Community Fair is debated

RANDOLPH — The Randolph Community Fair may have a new look and feel this year.

For years, the fair has been put on by the Randolph Community Club, which was formed in 1940.

However, numbers are dwindling in the club and more assistance is needed if the fair is to continue, said Randolph Community Club President Marty Nordhues.

The past few years, about five people have been taking on the task of planning the fair, but Nordhues said there needs to be more.

“It’s hard to make decisions that impact everyone with just a few,” he said.

Tonight, Jan. 22, at 7 p.m., the Randolph Community Club is holding a meeting at the Lied Randolph Public Library to discuss the fair’s future.  Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend, Nordhues said.

The community club will discuss if current fair customs should be continued or if it would be better to do something else.

“I think [the fair] will continue, but we’re just to the point where we don’t have a lot of input, and we need new input and ideas,” Nordhues said.

Community members, rural residents, business owners and managers, retired individuals and high school-aged students are all invited to come to the meeting, Nordhues said.

“You can never have too many ideas,” he said.

The Randolph Community Club has been known to implement as many ideas as possible, as long as there are enough people to manage them, he added.

The fair is immensely important, said Norhues, who added the fair had been going on since before he was born.

“It keeps the community together,” he said. “I’d hate to see it go away. It needs to continue. It just has to continue in my mind.”

That can’t happen without more community support, though, he said.

“It would be nice to have a dozen or more people available to help plan the fair,” Nordhues said.

The fair might not continue in the full extent it has in the past, but new ideas can be implemented so a version of the fair can continue, he said.

At the meeting, all business and community members can share ideas about what the community club should do and accomplish, Nordhues said.

The fair will be the main topic of the meeting, but other issues will also be discussed, including the youth basketball tournament coming up in March.