East Perry Fair plans mini-fair for disaster relief

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Sept. 20 was bad for some and worse for others in Perry County. Fairgoers at the East Perry Fair were drenched by a downpour that forced organizers to cancel many of the scheduled events.

For Crosstown, Mo., residents, of course, things were worse. Crosstown was hit by a tornado with winds of up to 210 mph that destroyed more than sixty homes in and around the town.

Now, the East Perry Fair Board hopes that by rescheduling some fair events, it can help the ongoing rebuilding effort in Crosstown.

On Oct. 20 they will hold a "mini-fair" and all proceeds will go to the Zion Lutheran Church Disaster Relief Fund. The money will be used for general disaster relief and is not restricted to rebuilding connected with the church.

The Altenburg fairgrounds will open at 5 p.m. Mule jumping will begin at 6:30 p.m. and the John D. Hale Band will play at 8 p.m.

Former fair board president Fred Eggers said this was an opportunity to do something good for the community. "When the fair board met, people said since food was left, rather than return it or sell it at cost or less than cost, why not use it to help Crosstown," Eggers said.

Eggers said sales at the fair's three food stands were down about 50 percent from 2005. "We've been very fortunate over the last several years, but you always know with an outdoor event like this, the weather can really affect things," he said.

Eggers added that Thrivent Financial, a national Lutheran organization, is seeking to secure other disaster funds for Crosstown.

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