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  • WASHINGTON PARISH FREE FAIR 20142 The Daily NewsOCTOBER 12, 2014

    I, Richard N. Thomas, Jr., President of Washington Parish would like to take this oppor-tunity to WELCOME you to the Washington Parish Free Fair. Each year during the third week of October, Washington Parish and Franklinton host the Largest Free Fair in the United States.

    Fairgoers come home to reconnect with old friends, family and to enjoy a four-day celebration of food, fun and fes-tivities that are family friendly. The Fair with the Picnic Spirit, now in its 103rd year, brings many newcomers each year, and we welcome you all to

    experience our parish fair that we all love so much.

    Whether you spend a few hours or the whole week on the fairgrounds, I hope that you have a great experience, make memories with your family and use the Daily News Fair Edition as your guide for all the events that are at the fair to enjoy.

    I would be remiss if I did not thank the many volunteers for their time and efforts. Without their many tireless hours, this fair would not be possible.

    I hope that you enjoy your time spent at the fair and come back to visit Washington Parish throughout the year.

    A few words from the parish president


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    Table of Contents

    Map of the Fairgrounds 7

    Fair T-Shirt 8

    Fair Poster 10

    Fair Honoree 11

    Old McDonalds Farm 12

    Office Closures 13

    Mile Branch Settlement Schedule 14

    Fair Stage Schedule 16-17

    Rockin Dopsie 18

    Erick Kand, Hypnotist 20

    Na Na Sha 21

    Swamp People 22

    Fair Honor Roll 23

    Mile Branch Calendar 25

    Rules for Senior Promenade 26

    Rodeo 28

    Down By the Branch Entertainment 32

    Fair Parking and Traffic 35

    Fair Crossword Puzzle 38

    Mile Branch Quilt Raffle 40

    Fair 5K 41

    Fair Queen 42

    Art Association 46

    Mile Branch Honoree 48

    Memories of the Fair 54

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    Fair T-shirt

    DAILY NEWS PHOTO/David Vitrano

    This years Washington Parish Free Fair T-shirt was designed by Summer Stewart, a Talented Art Teacher in Franklinton. The shirts will be on sale during the fair for $16.

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    Fair poster pulls together best the event has to offerBY CHRIS KINKAIDTHE DAILY NEWS

    Franklinton High School teacher Taffenie Mizell won the contest to design the Washington Parish Free Fair poster by bringing in many different aspects of the fair to her design.

    I went to City Hall and looked at the posters from the past, Mizell said. I wanted to do something dif-ferent. I wanted to incorporate a lot of things from the past. I tried to hit all of the different parts of the fair so that it would appeal not just to a select group of people.

    Mizell, who teaches talented art at Franklinton, said she is very pleased with it.

    The posters are realistic, Mizell said. You can see the canvas. I was happy with both ends, my end and the printing end.

    Kay Bell, who is on the poster com-mittee, said the poster is a montage collection of what the fair is on the

    grounds as well as what the fair means.

    Its realistic items from the fair like the rodeo, the flower house, the art building, and concessions with funnel cake is very prominent, said Bell, who taught Mizell talented art at FHS. Every part with the fair is offered. Nothing is left unturned. It has a blue background that reflects the items very well.

    Bell, who taught at Franklinton for 31 years, said this is Mizells first attempt at a poster for the fair.

    She did one for the sesquicenten-nial for Franklinton in 2011, and again she filled it with things that are familiar to Washington Parish, Bell said. She went with the same theme this year and pulled it off.

    The posters cost $35 for an artist proof, $20 for a regular poster and the artist remarque is an additional $15 to any poster.

    The posters will be on sale at the Adult Fine Arts Building across from the stage during the fair.

    The 2014 Washington Parish Free Fair poster was designed by Taffe-nie Mizell, a teacher from Franklinton. It combines many popu-lar elements of the fair, giving the poster a broad appeal.

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    2014 fair honoree worked a lifetime for designationBY RANDY HAMMONSTHE DAILY NEWS

    For 2014, the Washington Parish Free Fair honored one of its own.

    Franklinton native Keith Fussell is this years hon-oree.

    This is a very big honor, Fussell said. After a life-time of dedication to the fair, this is my reward.

    Fussell and his family have dedicated their lives to supporting the fair.

    My grandparents were volunteers. My dad, Winston, was on the Board of Directors for many years until he passed and is on the Honor Roll of Stars, he said. I just continue the Fussell legacy. My daughter, Katie, is in charge of the Lost and Found Committee.

    Fussell has served on

    the Fair Membership Committee, the 100th Anniversary Planning Committee in 2011, the Parade Committee and chaired the Parish Courthouse Flag Raising Ceremony for several years. His active participa-tion includes selection to a four-year term on the Fair Executive Board, fair vice president for 2010-2011 and fair president from 2012-2013.

    During his term as fair president, there were some notable improvements at the fair site. Among them were the fence being replaced between Mile Branch Settlement and the Midway; two buildings, which had housed Lost and Found, First Aid and the Senior Citizens Office, being removed and a new building

    being created; the painting of the armory and Womens buildings; and the replace-ment of the ramp on the side of the stage. Also, the build-ing housing the stage was revitalized with a new coat-ing that should make it last for years to come.

    Fussell is a 1973 Franklinton High School graduate. He is the son of

    Winston and Doris Crain Fussell. He received his B.S. degree from Southeastern Louisiana University in 1977. He began his employ-ment at Murphy Bateman Ace Hardware before his graduation from college and is employed there today. He is a lifetime member of Fisher Methodist Church and is a member of the Advisory Troop Committee for Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts of America.

    Fussell and his wife, Suzanna Fussell, have been married for 31 years. The couple has a son, Jason Shuman, who lives in Cedartown, Ga., with his wife, Cassie. Daughter Kate lives in Franklinton and is employed as the social services director at Forest Manor Nursing Home in Covington.

    Ive always looked for-ward to selling membership tickets in front of the stage and finding out where peo-ple are from, Fussell said. People call in from all over to find out the exact dates of the fair so they can schedule vacation and come to the fair. Its always the third Wednesday of October.

    Fussell said volunteers make the fair successful.

    The fair has so many volunteers, and they all do their job. It all comes togeth-er with hundreds of volun-teers. It all comes together and fits like a program.

    Fussell said he eagerly anticipates every fair.

    This never gets old, Fussell said. Just seeing the people and expressions on the childrens faces make it all worthwhile. We all care because we love it.


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    A number of parish govern-ment and school board offices will have their hours of operation reduced next week because of the Washington Parish Free Fair, which is scheduled for Oct. 15 to 18.

    Franklinton City Hall is open all day on Monday and Tuesday of next week and closed on Wednesday. Office hours are from 8 a.m. to noon Thursday and Friday.

    Bogalusa City Hall is open Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and closed Friday.

    The Washington Parish Government offices are open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday and Tuesday and closed all day on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. That includes the Tax Assessors Office, Clerk of Court and Registrar of Voters.

    All branches of the Washington

    Parish Library are open Monday and Tuesday and closed on Wednesday and Saturday. The branches are open from 9 a.m. to noon on Thursday and Friday.

    United States Post Offices in Bogalusa and Franklinton will be closed on Monday in observance of Columbus Day. The Bogalusa Post Office is open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 through the rest of the work week. The drive-up window is open from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday.

    The Washington Parish School Board office is open for regular hours on Monday and Tuesday, and open from 8 a.m. to noon on Wednesday and Thursday. The office is closed Friday.

    The Bogalusa School Board office is closed all next week.

    Northshore Charter School will be closed all next week.

    Some governmental offices closing for fair

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