Summit County Fair Board appoints Grand Marshal
When Seth Winterton heard that he had been appointed by the Summit County Fair Board to serve as this year’s Grand Marshal, he said his first reaction was: I’m not old enough.
"I thought they were supposed to be old?" Winterton said with a laugh.
The 66-year-old Woodland resident was recently notified of the Fair’s Board’s decision to name him as the Grand Marshal for the 2015 Summit County Fair.
Winterton grew up in in Woodland and attended South Summit High School. He said he basically remembers growing up at the fair.
"My dad used to show cattle across the west and we would use the fair as a training ground for the cattle we would later exhibit," Winterton said. "When I was younger, we didn’t have the sale. So we would exhibit cattle, then do barrel racing and pole bending. All those things you do as kids."
Since his days as a young participant, Winterton has served at various times on the Fair Board both as a member and as the chairman. He said his participation in the Fair throughout the years has helped him foster long-lasting friendships with people in North Summit.
"I still have a lot of those same relationships and friendships today," he said. "I just always saw the whole thing as a way to give back to the community."
Travis English, the county’s fair coordinator, said the person who is chosen as the Grand Marshal is typically someone who has been involved with the fair for many years, like Winterton. Last year, it was LaVaun Vernon, of Coalville.
"It’s the highest honor that is annually presented by the Fair Board and it is a really nice recognition for whoever is chosen" English said.
However, the appointment seems somewhat lost on Winterton, who said his main focus for the past 20 years has been and will continue to be the Junior Livestock Sale. Winterton acts as auctioneer for the annual event.
"For me it’s all about the Junior Livestock show," he said. "I’ve had my children exhibit at the fair and their college tuitions basically came from that.
Summit County’s generosity and support of the Fair is something that Winterton said he "just loves."
"I think it’s amazing," he said. "Those who participate, as well as donate their time, money and service, are only building our community by enriching the young people that we have."
The 2015 Summit County Fair will start Saturday, Aug. 1, and will last through Saturday, Aug. 9, with numerous events throughout the week. For more information, go to http://summitcountyfair.org/.
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