Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Leadership void may doom Community Fair

Noting that the future of the Unionville Community Fair is in jeopardy, the fair's executive board is seeking its next president and treasurer – positions that have to be filled for the fair to continue.

The Unionville Community Fair needs a president and treasurer to continue operating.

The Unionville Community Fair needs a president and treasurer to continue its record of unbroken service to area residents for 91 years.

The Unionville area is rich with dedicated community leaders, and the fair needs just two, and only for a two-year term. The structure of the fair is financially, programmatically, and logistically sound; an experienced board and many volunteers stand firm in their commitment to serve and support, said a press release from the fair's executive board.

Over the past 91 years, the Unionville Community Fair has grown from a grassroots school harvest festival to a vibrant community institution.  In mission, it stands on solid ground to honor the area's agricultural heritage, promote environmental education, and provide engaging family and community-centered programs, the release said.

To ensure that the fair continues its unbroken record of service to the community, the board has conducted vigorous recruitment and has met with many community leaders, but efforts to secure leadership commitments have been unsuccessful, according to the release.

As a result, the board is now reaching out to the broader community for support.  If these leadership positions remain unfilled as of Feb. 29, it will be necessary to cancel the 2016 Unionville Community Fair, and likely, all future fairs, the release said.

The board is urging members of the community to join it in respecting the heritage and assuring the future of the fair with a gift of leadership.

Anyone with interest or questions is asked to contact Danielle Chamberlain at 610-299-7525.  All interested fair supporters are encouraged to attend an upcoming meeting at the Willowdale Chapel, 675 Unionville Rd., Kennett Square, Pa., on Feb. 17 at 7 p.m.

Frank Hahn              

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