GILBERT — The largest fair in Monroe County is in full swing.
The West End Fair in Gilbert showcases livestock, agriculture and more.
This year, part of the fair is in remembrance of a recent tragedy.
For people who have come to the fair since they were little, like Larry Stout, the 93-year-old fair is filled with all sorts of tradition.
“You got all your vegetables. It’s good to see all the cattle and all the horses,” said Stout of McMichaels.
Farmers very much take center stage at the West End Fair. From growing all sorts of vegetables, to raising their own livestock.
At a cow stable, out-of-towners get a chance to get close to a cow for the very first time.
“They’re cute. I got to pet one so that was interesting,” said Kristin Nielsen of New Jersey.
Homemade food is also very important. At many of the stands at the fair, the money raised goes back into the community to non-profit organizations.
At the Pocono Women’s Club, selling soup is one woman’s specialty. She’s considered the “Soup Queen” and laughs about the title.
“Ha, I try to make as much possible,” said Margaret Kluk of Gilbert.
The West End Fair has its fair share of historical items on display.
Also on display inside the West End Fair Museum is a memorial to honor one of the victims of the Ross Township Tragedy. That victim is David Fleetwood, a Chestnuthill Township Supervisor. A picture of him sits on a table and is one of the first things you see when you enter the museum. The hope is when people pass by this memorial, it inspires them to keep David Fleetwood’s memory alive.
“We hope people would pause and reflect and consider volunteering to help the community,” said Norman Burger, the director of the West End Fair.
Volunteering, fair officials say, is something David Fleetwood always did, enthusiastically.