At the general membership meeting on the evening of August 18th, 2020 a vigorous discussion about whether to hold the Reunion was conducted, with several people offering their opinions.  A vote was held regarding whether to continue to plan and hold the 2020 Heritage Reunion. This blog is not the official minutes of the meeting, but I observed that the vote was approximately 2-to-1 in favor of cancelling.

Nobody is happy about COVID-19 and the way it has affected our lives but the primary motivation, from my observation, was to try to prevent this event from being a nexus for the virus to spread further throughout the Fair Grove community. Since people attend and participate from a very wide region, it could have potentially spread to a much larger area. There are already active cases in Fair Grove, and the health considerations were the only motivation in this cancellation.

Planning for the Ice Cream Social

The Historical Society is planning to have the annual ice cream social on Saturday, July 18th from 5:30 - 8:30.

Of course this is all subject to the current restrictions for COVID-19 at the time, and we really are not in control of that situation. Please be prepared to practice social distancing and take every precaution to guard your health.

More announcements will appear here as things come into focus and more arrangements are finalized.

In the mean time, we're looking for the bakers out there to donate pies and cobblers to be sold. There's nothing better than blackberry cobbler and vanilla ice cream. Any kind of fruit pie or cobbler is welcome.

Dispersing Unused Items

In 2019 we started trying to dispose of a pretty sizable collection of items we no longer needed. Most of that inventory has been sold, with the exception of some steel wheels. If you're still looking, you can see a list by clicking here.

Planning 2020 Events

 

The Historical Society had a meeting on May 19th, 2020. The present plans are to hold these events:

The Ice Cream Social on July 18, 2020

The Fair Grove Heritage Reunion on Sept. 26th and 27th

A work night will be held at the mill on Tuesday, May 26th at 6 p.m.

Special Note: We are always seeking new old pictures (never published before) for our annual calendar. If you haven't dug through those boxes of pictures that grandma left you, this weekend is a good time to do it. Contact Dan Manning if you find something we can use. If you can name people in the pictures that's great, but any pictures of people in this area in the 1960s or earlier is of interest.

There are still a lot of vendors and crafters who are planning to be at the Heritage Reunion. As everyone is aware, it's difficult to make plans because of the shifting events that are the result of the COVID-19 pandemic. As with anyone else, we are subject to government regulations and restrictions on all public events.

Heritage Reunion 2019 Update

We're a little over two months out, and thought it was a good time to update the Fair Grove community and our crafter and musician friends.

After some major changes in responsibilities, things are going great!

  • We have been able to contact, or have been contacted by, all but a handful of crafters who had booths last year.  Since there is always a little attrition with people retiring or focusing on different areas or simply deciding to not come, we think this is all very normal. However, if you are a crafter and expect to have a booth at the Heritage Reunion this year, you absolutely must contact us with the information on the Applications page.
  • All slots for musical performers are filled. Sorry if you missed a chance to perform but there's always next year.
  • If you would like to have an antique car, truck or tractor in the Heritage Reunion Parade you need to plan to be in the High School parking lot between 8:30 and 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 28th.
  • Cross your fingers, pray and/or thrown salt over your shoulder hoping for good weather.
  • The Historical Society is selling ads for the Heritage Reunion Program book. If you are interested in advertising, contact one of these people:
    • Brittany Counterman at 844-5274
    • Sherry Bennett at
    • Brittany's phone number area code is 417

The Ice Cream Social is coming up in less than two weeks, and we're looking forward to seeing everyone there for a good time. If you have an antique or showplace car or truck, remember to drive it in to display.