DEF sends letter of thanks

To the Editor:

As in many cases it takes the cooperation and assistance of many people to make an event successful. That’s the case for our very successful fair on October 18-21. Over 1,000 more people attended this year’s fair compared to last. Our sponsorships were up over 60 percent, and the fair’s income from rides was up by more than 60 percent.

How did this happen? It happened because our community cares about the fair. We had more volunteers than we have had in recent memory. My staff and volunteers work very hard to satisfy the needs of our patrons and make them want to come back next year. We had a very exciting bull riding and barrel-racing event. I want to thank Tony and Karen Cain in addition to Colleen Brock for their hard work in putting on this successful event.

I would like to express my heartfelt thanks to all our sponsors, volunteers, workers and my hardworking staff. Collectively I couldn’t have asked for a better effort.

Also thank you to my righthand man, Randy Kirkendoll, for covering my back and allowing me to concentrate on important things that helped make the fair as successful as it was. I would also like to thank Butler Amusements for coming to our little town and bringing a first-class carnival for us to enjoy. I greatly appreciate all the media outlets for getting behind the fair and parade and giving us the needed coverage to make the fair successful. The Coyote 93.7, KSSI-IROC, Adelman Broadcasting, and, of course, Peggy at the Swap Sheet were all responsible for getting the word out.

Speaking of the parade, thanks go out to Kathy Armstrong and the Friends of the Fair for the outstanding job on the parade. The Desert Empire Fair Board of Directors deserve much gratitude for their support. But more important, thank you, Ridgecrest and the Indian Wells Valley, we are honored to be your local fair.

Mike Leming, CEO, Desert Empire Fair

Story First Published: 2012-11-21