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Ninety Years at the Fair

Lois Locher has attended the Great Geauga County Fair for the last 90 years. (MP Photo/ Colleen Lockhart)

By Colleen Lockhart

Lois Locher is 91 years old this year. Her parents took her to the Geauga County Fair when she was 5 months old and when she started driving at the age of 14, she went to the Fair all five days and has not missed one day since.

Locher said the Geauga County Fair is her favorite thing in the whole world. She gives up everything else to go to the Fair all five days each year. Her friend Kathy Blair said Lois is a remarkable woman with so much enthusiasm, always ready to help and support the Fair.

Locher’s husband, Dewey, built the house she has lived in for over 53 years. He knew how much she loves the Fair and bought her a bench on the fairgrounds that is moved to a different location every year. Her son and two daughters have been involved with the Fair since they were little. Her daughters were involved in 4-H showing horses and dogs. Her son lives in Wooster and is very active at the Wayne County Fair. One of her daughters is a Naturalist for the Geauga County Park District and helped in the Natural Resources area this year tagging Monarch butterflies. 

She has entered antiques at the Fair for over 35 years and has had an entry in just about every department including antiques, bakery, flowers, and vegetables. She has a collection of trophies and bags full of ribbons to show for it. This year, Locher entered blueberry muffins and won first place, won eight first places for antiques, and won two second places in flowers.  

Locher looks forward to attending the Fair bicentennial in 2022 and will have memorabilia on loan to the Fair Auxiliary for display.


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