Morgan County Fair Gala

  • Friends Heather York, Maggie York, Laura Grubb and Ashley (Grubb) Hettelle smile for a shot together.
  • 2016 Little Miss Morgan County Fair Olivia Haverfield, daughter of Michelle Kays and Brad Haverfield of South Jacksonville, watches as her fellow royalty are photographed with the event’s lit backdrop.
  • Elianna, daughter of Elizabeth Becker and Alban Haxhinasto, was all decked out for the event.
  • Guests of the Worrell Land Services table posed for a photo. Pictured from left to right: Gilbert Joehl, Mr. and Mrs. Kevin Heitz, Janet Worrell and Allan Worrell (back row), and Allison and Luke Worrell.
  • Morgan County Fair Board President Jay Harris welcomes and thanks all those in attendance for the gala.
  • Supporters of the fair in attendance that evening clap for the entertainment.
  • Jay Harris turns over the microphone to members of the 2016 Morgan County Fair royalty. They include (from left): Queen Taylor Zoerner, Junior Miss Kaylee Ford and Princess Olivia Haverfield.
  • These two jumping young ladies were part of the group who debuted their competition routine "Happy Birthday" as opening entertainment for the fundraiser. The girls won 2nd place in their division in the 2016 fair’s talent show. Cute cupcakes adorned their heads as part of their outfits for this birthday routine.
  • Naomi Duvendack, Samuel Stuart and Morgan County Sheriff Randy Duvendack attended the gala.

Photos/Kyla Hurt

A new approach to fundraising for the Morgan County Fair took place earlier this month. The first ever Morgan County Fair Gala was held to publicly kick off work for the 2017 Morgan County Fair and to raise some excitement and create buzz for this summer’s annual fair. The evening featured cocktails and entertainment, followed by dinner, music and a silent auction. Monies raised from the silent auction are to “benefit youth events and programs of the fair, as well as a scholarship,” noted information about the event. It was cocktail attire and the room at Hamilton’s was full of sparkles and support for this year’s fair. Around the room were displays about volunteer or sponsorship opportunities, as well. The entertainment to kick off the evening was a performance by some of the 2016 Morgan County Fair’s talent show winners. Fair royalty were present, as well.

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Kyla Hurt is a capable boondoggler trained in the arts; she’s also an accomplished event coordinator with experience from museum fundraising to art festivals. She enjoys puppies, sunshine, and good radishes – and wit. Wit is good, too.

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