Revived Holley Fair an enjoyable afternoon

More than 150 persons attended the revived Holley Community Fair Saturday at the Holley Grange Hall.

Jim Gourley, with help from his family, has taken over organizing the event in the wake of Howard Wagner’s death.

One hundred twenty-four persons signed in at the guest book, he said. Many more visited and didn’t sign the book in addition to 30 to 40 volunteers.

“We had very, very good participation for what happened last year,” Gourley said. The event, with a history dating at least back to 1903, was canceled last year.

Visitors enjoyed the rope making, an old favorite; gold panning; and, especially, the arrowhead making, Gourley said. Everyone also enjoyed Sweet Home favorite Norma Jean singing country music. Also at the fair were the Sweet Home Genealogical Society, the Jesus Christ Church of Latter-Day Saints family research center, 4-H and the Master Gardeners.

“Overall, people are excited to be back,” Gourley said. They can just come, have fun and hang out without any pressures at a low-key community fair. “I think a lot of people didn’t know for sure after not having the fair last year.

“We’re going to do a few different things next year.”

Gourley would like to get more activities and demonstrations. He also would like to advertise more and get more persons to enter their crafts in the competition portion of the fair.

Gourley wanted to thank the community and members of the community who helped make the fair a success.

“We had a lot of community participation with the door prizes and the kid prizes,” Gourley said.

A lot of people wanted to try to keep the fair alive, Holley Grangemaster Mills Harriman said. The Grange drafted Gourley.

“I think with more people here, this will get more interesting next year,” Harriman said. As an organization, the Grange and community have been reevaluating the event and are open to constructive suggestions from the public, but “the basic thing is people having fellowship and fun bringing the community together.”