Editorial: Alabama National Fair Generosity

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Montgomery continues to bring in more attractions and conventions thanks to new facilities and more resourcefulness and hustle from city leaders.

An old stand by is here now – the Alabama National Fair and Agricultural Exposition.  This annual October event covers two weekends and brings in people from throughout the state.  It is called a national Fair because the youth livestock programs are national events. It is essentially the state fair as it was birthed and has been run for the past 57 years by the Kiwanis Club of Montgomery.

We are fortunate to have it.

All ticket sales from the fair go to charity, mainly youth causes in the River Region.

Those proceeds range from $100,000 to $275,000 a year.

The Boundless Playground especially designed for children with disabilities at Vaughn Road Park, the Miracle League Baseball Field, the water slide for disabled children at Camp ASCCA, the barn for children's therapeutic equestrian programs at MANE, the renovations for camp cabins at the YMCA's Camp Chandler – all are serving youngsters because of the fair.

Through the years, Children's Harbor, the Family Sunshine Center, Child Protect, the Boys and Girls Clubs of Montgomery, and Easter Seals have been among the many recipient groups awarded grant money from fair ticket proceeds.

We encourage the new young leaders in our community to show the foresight of the leaders of this civic club.   Their vision and execution of that vision has paid big dividends for our community.

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