Wednesday was Veterans Day at the fair, which featured various veteran themes and a free meal that including bean soup, ham sandwiches and lemonade. Those who have served the country in the military also gained admission for just a penny.
“I feel that it’s absolutely wonderful,” Army veteran Tom Bores said of the special events, penny admission and free meal. “It’s really great for everyone. And it’s always excellent soup; you should really try some.”
Bores served three years in Berlin, Germany from 1965 to 1969 during the Cold War era. He said they never knew when the Russian troops would plan an attack, so the U.S. troops were on alert around the clock.
“Every year I come out to relive some old memories in the Heritage section of the fair and to remember what it was like to be in 4-H. I was even grand champion for beef one year, growing up at this fairgrounds,” he said.
Several veterans encouraged people to enlist in the military.
“It will broaden your horizons so much because you’ll get to meet many new people,” Army veteran Clark Hunter said.
Hunter said he missed serving in the Korean War by two weeks, but spent six months as an engineer in San Francisco during peacetime.
Dick Sweeting served in the Army during the Korean War in the early 50s. He was deployed in Korea as a truck and vehicle mechanic.
Sweeting said he appreciated the 1-cent admission and was “grateful for the event every year.”
“It’s always nice to come out for the day,” he said.