Woodrick cherishes Fair board time
Thursday, October 4, 2012 4:05 AM
After 17 years as an active member of the Board of Directors of the Fair Association, Pat Woodrick plans to enjoy Mississippi's Giant Houseparty in 2013 retired and carefree!
Pat Woodrick was recognized recently for her 17 years of service on the Board of Directors of the Neshoba County Fair Association. In addition to the many memories of her time on the board, Woodrick also has a vast collection of Fair programs.
There will be an abundance of stories to tell from the porch of family Cabin 25 on Founders Square about her exciting and sometimes challenging time serving on numerous Fair committees over the years.
The time she and husband Lavelle watched a concert at the grandstand featuring The Platters, Cornell Gunter's Coasters and Elsbeary Hobbs Drifters while standing in the rain on the racetrack is among the most memorable.
"That was in 2002 and we had the most fun," she said. "We stood in the rain and listened to the concert. It broke my heart because it rained. I always wanted to have them come back."
Mrs. Woodrick was honored on her retirement this past summer when the Fair Association passed a resolution recognizing her dedication and service and presented it to her prior to the Miss Neshoba County pageant.
During her tenure, the longtime community volunteer has worked on numerous Fair committees, including entertainment, one of the more exciting as well as challenging.
"Entertainment costs have exploded since I came on board," Mrs. Woodrick said. "It's very difficult to find entertainers that we can afford. Every year we feel like we have an angel looking over our shoulders. It always worked out."
Mrs. Woodrick said she was fortunate to serve on the board led by four presidents during her tenure: the late Allan King and Dwight Barrett; Kenneth Breland and Gilbert Donald, current president.
"They all were really dedicated and tireless in their efforts to maintain the Fair, make improvements and keep it family friendly."
She is proud of the accomplishments that the Fair Association has made over the years.
While too numerous to list, she said the hiring of Doug Johnson as manager, prior to her coming on3board, was a major accomplishment.
She said the cost of the Fair's ticket prices remain the "best investment in entertainment, anywhere."
Mrs. Woodrick said she would miss working with the board members, whom she considers her friends.
"There are great people on each committee," she said. "The one thing we all have in common is we love the Neshoba County Fair and in many ways want to keep it like it is while improving it into something we can always be proud of."
There is one thing about the Fair that Mrs. Woodrick said would remain intact throughout the years: "Almost nobody goes to the Fair and returns home without a new friend. I think that is the essence of the Fair."
Mrs. Woodrick has been going to the Fair all her life, as her grandfather built Cabin 25 around 1920.