Flag flies over fairFairgoers will be greeted with the Stars and Stripes as they pass the main entrance this week.
By: Maria Lockwood, Superior Telegram
Fairgoers will be greeted with the Stars and Stripes as they pass the main entrance this week.
The American flag was absent from the site for years, according to Fair Manager Jim Borgeson.
“We always have a flag up,” he said, but it is inside the fairgrounds by the fair office.
Tom Cannon, a member of the Superior Police Auxiliary, sent a letter to the Telegram about the lack of a flag last year.
“Shame and more shame to our county board and the fair board,” he wrote, ending his letter with a plea. “Maybe next year someone will make the small effort to get a flag up that empty pole.”
The challenge was answered by a number of people – fairgrounds workers, veterans groups, firefighters and administrators joined together to ensure Old Glory would wave along Tower Avenue.
“It was a team effort,” Borgeson said. “We rejuvenated the area.”
Fairgrounds workers cleaned up the site. Members of the Superior Fire Department replaced the rope. Douglas County Board Chairman Doug Finn coordinated efforts. Superior’s Combined Honor Guard donated the flag and lifted it with ceremony Tuesday morning. The flag will fly night and day during the fair, which opened Tuesday and ends Sunday.
Gayle Carlson, commander of the Thomas F. Stein VFW Post 1091, said the fair board provided a solar light to shine on the flag at night.
The presence of Old Glory, Carlson said, is important. Although there wasn’t any special dedication ceremony, he said the Stars and Stripes are a symbol of soldiers far from home.
“The community should remember the men and women who are in our armed forces throughout the world,” Carlson said. “They can’t make it to the fair.”
Many local soldiers are included in that role call. Members of the Wisconsin Army National Guard’s 724th Engineer Battalion, including the Superior-based 950th Clearance Co., are currently serving in Iraq.