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The Shawnee News-Star
  • Fair board chills out with challenge

  • The 2014 Pottawatomie County Free Fair is off to a cool — even cold — start.

    Members of the fair board were the latest to participate in the ice bucket challenge, a national dare that raises awareness for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig's Disease. Videos of people completing the challenge have quickly spread on social media sites like Facebook.
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  • The 2014 Pottawatomie County Free Fair is off to a cool — even cold — start.
    Members of the fair board were the latest to participate in the ice bucket challenge, a national dare that raises awareness for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig's Disease. Videos of people completing the challenge have quickly spread on social media sites like Facebook.
    The board completed their challenge Tuesday evening inside the Otto Krause Building at the Heart of Oklahoma Exposition Center.
    Matt Griffith, a board member, said the water was colder than he expected it to be. Still, he said, the chill was not entirely unwelcome on a hot summer day.
    “Actually, it was fairly refreshing,” Griffith said. “It was a good cause and it was worth it but it’s not something I want to do everyday.”
    Before the board doused themselves, they challenged Pottawatomie County Commissioners Randy Thomas, Melissa Dennis and Eddie Stackhouse to do the same.
    “The county commissioners are actually a partner with us on the fair and they’re very generous with our funding that allows us to have a good fair,” Matt Griffith said.
    “But maybe not after this,” he added, laughing.
    Griffith said he’s hoping to hear a response soon from the commissioners.
    “We want to know when and where,” he said.
    The fair board was challenged by Hadley Griffith, fair 4-H ambassador and Matt Griffith’s daughter.
    She said she chose to challenge the fair board because she thought it would be a good way to start the “family-friendly” fair.
    “I think it’s a fun way to give back to a good cause,” she said. “It has a deeper meaning than just dumping ice on yourself.”
    Other participants in the challenge from the fair board included Randy Gilbert, Trey Miller, Harold Walden, Steve Clifton, Bill Hick, Gina Roundsville and Jill Boles.
    The Pottawatomie County Free Fair officially begins today and lasts until Saturday, September 6 at the Expo Center.
    “It should be a really good year for the fair,” Griffith said. “With as much rain as we’ve had, we should have a lot of participation. We’ve got a lot of new events. We’ve got a lot of old events with some great people.”

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