John is the newly elected President of the Fair as of November 2021. He is also the Animal Extension Agent in Augusta County, Va. and works on his family's cow-calf farm operation in Deerfield, Va. John's interest in the Fair stems from his interest in agriculture. John is typically found somewhere around the barns during Fair week assisting with the livestock shows. "I work to encourage the next generation and foster a love and interest in Agriculture".
Betty Burke Turke Burke
Turke & Betty's neighbor needed some help setting the Fair up years ago. It would not take long, and their grandson got free ride tickets, so they decided to help. They enjoyed the board members and the excitement of planning a fair so much, Betty took over the Arts & Crafts department and Turke joined the Board as well. Betty is a housekeeping supervisor at a Senior living center. Turke is in manufacturing at Ball in Verona, Va.
Eric was born and raised on his family farm in Mt. Sidney, Va. Eric has been an Agriculture Education teacher for 28 years and is currently the Agriculture Teacher and Farm Manager for Massanutten Technical Center. Eric has passed on the torch as President in 2021 and has devoted himself to Barn Commitee Chair.
Kathy, her husband John and their three children live and work on their turkey/beef farm. Kathy showed livestock at the Augusta County Fair every year and entered arts and crafts, crops and vegetables, a tradition later continued by her children. She volunteered for and later took over the running of the Fair's crops and vegetables department.
Michelle was born and raised in the heart of Augusta County. She married her high school sweetheart, and they have three children who love farming and showing livestock at the Fair. She is currently the VP at Atlantic Union Bank in Verona where she has worked for the past 10 years
Richard Has lived in Augusta County all his life. His love for family and home inspired him to make a difference in the community by volunteering with the Fair committee as well as a local nursing home, where he brings their Sunday morning message. Richard works with Transamerica Agency Network as an advisor and Managing Director.
Peggy is an instructor/trainer at the SAYMCA (Staunton YMCA) She and her husband Jug who owns a beef cattle farm in Arbor Hill, Va. They have participated and helped with the Fair for many years. Their son & daughter showed and participated in the Fair and were part of Middlebrook Livestock Club. Now their two grandsons participate and show in the Fair. "The Fair has always been important to our family and my favorite part was entering vegetables and crafts in the Fair over the years".
When you have something immediate to accomplish, it is "Ryan to the rescue" the "Go to Guy". He and his family take the week of the Fair as "Vacation", and work on the grounds non-stop for the five days of the Fair. Their dedication to the Fair begins two days prior and after the Fair ends. Both of his girls have shown animals each year at the barn. Ryan works at Virginia Eagle. Our "Go to Guy has been added to chair of the Track Committee in 200.