The “Operation Fostering Freedom” Presenting Ceremony scheduled for the public on Oct. 8 has been cancelled. The Fair will present gifts and honor nominated Purple Heart recipients individually in private ceremonies.
The Progressive Stark County Fair has cancelled its special “Operation Fostering Freedom” Presenting Ceremony event scheduled for the general public on Sunday, Oct. 8, at 2 p.m., at the Westbrook Park United Methodist Church.
The Fair will present the special gifts and honor Purple Heart recipients in private ceremonies scheduled for the individuals that were nominated by the public for the Fair’s inaugural salute to Veterans. Photos and information about the recipients will be posted on the Fair’s website and Facebook page as they are awarded.
“The Fair is proud to honor our Stark County Veterans,” said Fair Board Vice President Tim Ross. “We’re looking forward to presenting each of the Purple Heart nominees with the special patriotic, hand-crafted entries from our community.”
The “Operation Fostering Freedom” program provided Fair entrants in the 2017 Fair a new opportunity to enter patriotic quilts, afghans and lap throws in any of 14 categories for judging and ribbons. The red, white and blue entries, displayed in the Art Hall during the Fair, will be gifted to the nominated Purple Heart recipients. The display was sponsored by the Massillon Eagles #190.
Preparations are underway for the 2018 Fair’s “Operation Fostering Freedom” program and details will be announced early in the year.
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Shown in the photographs is the special display at the Art Hall during the 2017 Fair.