The Linn County Fair Association is proud to award the 2012 Friend of the Fair award to Loyd and Lois Martin. The award was presented on Wednesday, June 27, 2012 as part of the Opening Program at the Linn County Fair.
Loyd and Lois Martin have been active with the Linn County Fair since their youth. They both started in 4-H in 1938 and showed at the Linn County Fair throughout their 4-H career. Loyd with dairy cattle and hogs, Lois with her sewing, cooking, home improvement projects, Victory gardening and poultry. They were then 4-H leaders in 1947, then became parents of 4-Hers, grandparents and now great-grandparents of youth involved in the Fair. They now exhibit in the static open shows.
For many years, they have donated their farm equipment to be used prior to and during the fairs and for activities outside the fair such as High School Rodeo, Ag in the Park, Demo Derby and Harness Races. They have donated their time and animals for Ag in the Park, have volunteered their trucks and hay racks to be used in numerous parades for the Fair Queen contest since 1993. They’ve helped with the grilling for many years with the Pork Producers for the 4-H cookout. They have dug dirt, sprayed for weeds, weeded and planted many flower beds at the fairgrounds and donated materials to fix up buildings over the years. It isn’t unusual to see Lois tidying up restrooms, pick up cans and litter, or being a building host during the fair.
Loyd and Lois love the fair because they love 4-H and the youth it represents. There is a brick with their names on it between the Morton and Garden building that says “4-H Sweethearts.” Their love for each other, family and fair is a long established relationship. Thanks again to our 2012 Friends of the Fair, Loyd and Lois Martin