PLYMOUTH — The Amador County Fair has presented the Western Fairs Association (WFA) Blue Ribbon Awards to artist Rand Hugget, and Directors’ Awards to gardeners Nancy Hawkins and Katie Bryant, and the Clayton Gregory family.
Artist and high school teacher, Rand Hugget, has created the popular Amador County Fair poster art for 29 years. The posters have received first place recognition in the annual WFA marketing awards competition 11 times.
The Board of Directors recognized Hugget for being instrumental in creating and illustrating the spirit and image of Amador County Fair. His posters are a collector’s item. CEO Troy Bowers is excited for Hugget to start work on his 30th poster that will honor the Amador County Fair’s 75th Anniversary in 2013.
The grounds of the Amador County Fair are known for the amazing display of vibrant flowers down the midway as visitors walk through the fair, and the beautiful gardens and water features scattered across the acreage.
Each year Nancy Hawkins and Katie Bryant plant their trademark fair zinnias and fill in with an eclectic collection of greenery and flowering plants, lazily growing over wine barrels and art relating to the annual fair theme.
In the current economic hard times for fairs, they have garnered help from the community to keep up the gardens. The two plant, nurse, weed and water the beds until they reach their glorious peak just in time for the fair. Those Main Street flowerbeds are the backdrop for many family photos and are a big part of the cheerful, bright and fun appearance of the fair.
For many years the fair staff has been calling on Clayton Gregory when a hand is needed. Gregory’s water truck is there when the fair’s own, aging truck breaks down. It is there when the high school rodeo championships are held in the Benny Brown arena to keep the dust down. It’s there when the Destruction Derby needs a mud pit for the cars to slip and slide in. But without Gregory and his family there to operate, supervise, notice and remove stray car parts and rocks that might injure a horse, the truck would just be a piece of equipment.
The board of directors has honored Clayton Gregory, Brenda, Ada, Bubby and Kayla for their many years of dedication to the Amador County Fair and their example as a family all participating to lend a hand.
“The Amador County Fair is the success it is because of the contributions of many volunteers, sponsors, businesses that donate their services, and individuals who give 150 percent. The WFA Blue Ribbon Award and the Directors’ Award are just a small token of our appreciation,” said Jeanne Deaver, Board President.
For more information about the Amador County Fair running through July 29 visit amadorcountyfair.com.