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PrattTribune - Pratt, KS
  • 4-H'ers launch annual Fair membership drive

  • Pratt County’s youngest sales force began working the phones and making personal visits on Friday, the first day of the annual fair membership campaign. An experienced salesperson, 14-year-old Eadie Monaghan held a coaching session Friday evening, to help the 7- and 8-year-olds in her Pratt Pioneer 4-H Club conquer their fears and hone their skills.


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  • Pratt County’s youngest sales force began working the phones and making personal visits on Friday, the first day of the annual fair membership campaign. An experienced salesperson, 14-year-old Eadie Monaghan held a coaching session Friday evening, to help the 7- and 8-year-olds in her Pratt Pioneer 4-H Club conquer their fears and hone their skills.
    One of the most important things she stresses to the youngsters is “know what you’re selling.”
    The Pratt County Fair will be held July 18-21.
    Membership in the Pratt County Fair Association is $30. The price has not changed for several years.
    The tickets included with a membership are an entertainment bargain for families planning to attend both the demolition derby on Friday, July 20 and the concert Saturday, July 21.
    Cody Canada and the Departed, a “Red Dirt” country band from Oklahoma, will perform at the grandstand concert. Front man for the disbanded Cross Canadian Ragweed, Canada has put together a new group that includes Ragweed band mate Jeremy Plato and musicians who left other bands — hence the name “Departed.”
    Their first album, “This is Indian Country,” is rock, country, jam, groovy, slow, and there’s even a rock shuffle, an admittedly made-up musical style, but descriptive of the song, according to the band’s website, www.thedepartedmusic.com.
    On Wednesday night of the fair, country singer Ricky Fugitt will entertain at the livestock show barn. The concert is free to the public, but made possible by membership sales.
    The membership plan is the main source of income for the fair association, according to Extension Agent Jodi Drake, and helps pay for maintenance and improvements at the fairgrounds and many of the extras provided at the Pratt County Fair.
    “That’s how we keep improving the fair every year,” she said.
    During June, 4-H clubs sell to business and individuals on their lists — people who bought from that club last year. That helps the younger members gain some confidence early in the campaign.
    “This is a product we know will sell,” Drake explained, and they’re selling to someone who has bought before, either because they want the tickets, or they want to support the fair and the 4-H program.
    In July, it’s a “free game,” Monaghan commented, when 4-H’ers can sell to anyone, even if they’re on another club’s list, but have not yet purchased a membership.
    Each 4-H’er is asked to sell at least 10 memberships, to qualify for a choice of theater tickets, a fair carnival wristband, or Chamber bucks. Those who sell more are entered into a drawing for a cash reward.
    4-H clubs receive a portion of the membership sales, and if they do a good job selling, it’s the only fund-raiser they need to do, Drake said.
    Page 2 of 2 - Fair catalogs should be ready soon, at the Extension office and at downtown locations. In addition, it will be placed on the office website, www.pratt.ksu.edu. The theme this year is “The Best Spot in the Lot” and special competitions centering around that are available.

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