Maasdams will serve as 2018 Wright County Fair Grand Marshalls

Larry and Melanie Maasdam stand in front of one of their prized items in their collection. You can see it, along with many others, in the Heartland Museum. Photo by Kim Demory

I think many would agree that the Wright County Fair just keeps getting better and better. To make that happen, it takes the collaborative efforts of many people. For starters, the Fair Board devotes countless hours over the course of the entire year researching, planning, and confirming events and entertainment. But there are also numerous other people who make valuable contributions even more behind-the-scenes. They don’t serve on the board, but they serve with their time and talent to guarantee the success of the Wright County Fair - like Larry and Melanie Maasdam for example - this year’s Wright County Fair Parade Grand Marshals.

Larry has lived near Clarion since 1971, and Melanie for 28 years after their marriage. Each of them had dabbled in 4-H as youth, but when Melanie’s daughter became involved in the Wright County Wranglers, Melanie decided to take more of an active role, serving as the clubs leader for about seven years.

“I just loved the little horse shows and watching the kids at the show...I liked helping them build their confidence and learn to like what they do,” said Melanie.

Larry found himself more active in the fair as an adult as well. Tractors have always been his passion, so he volunteered to help out at the Wright County Fair, prepping for the Tractor Pull for 10 years. But it wasn’t all work and no play, he also competed in the tractor games a number of times.

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