Woman celebrates 40 years at Crawford County Fair

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The Crawford County Fair is all about fun, games, rides, animals and families.

But it’s all made possible thanks to the hard workers behind the scenes.

The fair is a tradition for people to come out to every year and even work at and one woman has been donating her time for 40 years to help make it all possible.

The Crawford County Fair is celebrating 71 years of “Harvest of History” and Susan Tau has been apart of the fair for the majority of those years.

“I remember prior to that, my mother always dragging all of us up here to walk through all the barns,” Tau said. “She took us through all the animal barns and I could never understand why she did that But she always enjoyed it, too.”

Those memories inspired a life-long career at the Crawford County Cooperative Extension and serving 40 years at the Crawford County Fair.

“I did a lot of work with the livestock and the 4-H program, mainly 4-H work,” Tau said. “And I was involved in the cattle, livestock sale, 4-H and FFA livestock sale. I worked down there in the office for a good number of years.”

Tau, who retired in January, said she vowed never to come back after retiring, but couldn’t stay away. And this year you can find her in the front office.

“I like the work and enjoy the people.,” Tau said. “Know the people and know agriculture. Agriculture is where my heart is, so that’s why I’m here.”

Those who have worked along side her throughout the years say she’s a tremendous worker.

“Hardworking and she cares a lot,” Ray Kennerknecht said. “She wants things to be right for everybody. Once the fair gets in your blood, it’s hard to get away.”

As for Tau, she said she’ll be back next year.

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