Fair Honoree

2019 Fair Honoree, Don Ballard

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Monroe, Wash., March 13, 2019 – Each year, The Evergreen State Fair honors an individual or family who has contributed significant personal time and energy toward the improvement and betterment of the annual fair. This year, the Evergreen State Fair recognizes and celebrates the dedication of Don Ballard, 4H Rabbit Superintendent and past Fair Advisory Board member. 

Don Ballard has been a fixture at the Fair for over 30 years. He got the bug by helping out as a clerk in the Display Hall in Open Class. Don’s kids became involved in 4H and so did he as a 4H leader and has continued to be the Superintendent for over 20 years. Don has been an exhibitor as well by entering his own creations in different departments in the Display Hall. He got his picture in the newspaper several years ago for his handmade crocheted doilies that won a first place ribbon at that year’s fair. Several years ago, Don even helped organize the “Hokey Pokey” and “Bunny Hop” World Record attempts. Don’s dedication and love for the Fair runs so deep that he took his annual vacation off work at the Boeing Company just to volunteer 24/7 staying on the fairgrounds ensuring that everything in his department ran smoothly. He was also on the Fair Advisory board for 15 years (2003-2018). Don’s creativeness and desire to include others in a wonderful fair experience is evident in the rabbit barn with his educational displays and commitment to decorate on theme every year. The rabbit barn also received the prestigious Black & White Award from the State Fair Commissioners. Don gives pride to the 4H members who help with the preparations and who spend their days there. Don works tirelessly behind the scenes planning throughout the 11 months in-between fairs, and during fair time, you can recognize Don strolling around the grounds in shorts and rabbit ears with a smile on his face. Don and his wife Terri live in Everett and have a son, daughter and one grandson. Just as Don packs the fair full of fun, so does this year’s fair theme: “Jam Packed Fun!” with artwork designed by Nathan Yoder. The Evergreen State Fair runs August 22 through September 2 this year in Monroe.

Past Fair Honorees

Year Name Year Name
2018 Elaine Wilson    
2017 Laura Elhai 1998 Frank Cotterill
2016 Linda Cline 1997 Audrey Bannon
2015 Ed & Vicki Miller 1996 Gene Elledge
2014 Pamela Phelps 1995 Beryl Epling
2013 Janice Bond 1994 Jan Coffelt
2012 Bob & Nancy Kash 1993 Elmer & Dee Anderson
2011 Kathleen Wright 1992 Ellene Kearney
2010 Sharon Olsen 1991 Don & Ella Walker
2009 Stan and Nancy Depner 1990 Don Britton
2008 Doug Moening &
Stephanie Hagarty-Moening
1989 Don & Elma Steffen
2007 Tom & Ann Muchoney 1988 Ned Carrick
2006 Marilyn Stout 1987 John Millard
2005 Andy Delegans 1986 Tom & Pat Kennedy & 3 sons
2004 Dave Leatherman 1985 John & Winnie Klein
2003 Robert Drewel 1984 Ted Britten
2002 Hank & Lena Mae Getchman 1983 Ted Larson
2001 Bert Spada 1982 None
2000 Shirley Johnson 1981 None
1999 Ellen Dodge 1980 N. Richard K “Dick” Forsgren