Pauline Gappa honored as Kimberton Fair Person of the Year

Photo by Heather Tyrrell/ Pauline Gappa, joined by family and Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture representative Boots Hetherington, holds up her certificate after being named the 2012 Fair Ambassador of Kimberton Fair. She was also chosen as the Fair Person of the Year Award.

KIMBERTON — The Kimberton Fair opened with a crowd on Monday along with presentations for Kimberton Fair Person of the Year, Outstanding Fair Ambassador and baking awards.

During the 84th annual fair’s opening ceremonies, Pauline Gappa was named Kimberton Fair Person of the Year and Outsanding Fair Ambassador.

Kimberton Fair Secretary Karen Dobson said planning for the fair happens year-round and monthly meetings are held.

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During the meetings, committee members talk about volunteers that stood out from the previous year, Dobson said.

“This person is a Kimberton donut cheerleader,” she said. “She is very passionate about the donuts and works tirelessly at the fair. We are so thankful to have her as part of the fair.”

Boots Hetherington, a representative from the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, presented Gappa with the Fair Ambassador Award.

Gappa was joined by friends and family at the opening ceremonies.

“I’m very excited (about receiving the awards),” she said. “I love helping out at the fair.”

Gappa said she’s been helping out at the fair for 58 years.

The PA Preferred Chocolate Cake winner was Robin Waldschmidt of Spring City. Nine-year-old Oleysa Sitkowski of Kimberton won the PA Preferred Chocolate Cookies-Brownies-Bars Contest and it was her first year participating in the fair’s competitive exhibits. Gerry Wernert of Plymouth meeting won the Angel Food Cake Contest. The Blue Ribbon Apple Pie Contest winner was Andy Bidwell of Kimberton. The baking award recipients will compete at the farm show in January.

Deborah Kolpakof Elverson wonThe Shepherd Award for the Family Living Exhibitor with the most ribbons or awards.

Also in attendance were State Sen. Andy Dinniman (D-19) and State Rep. Duane Milne (R-167) who both shared comments during opening ceremonies and congratulated the award winners.

Dinniman said the fair takes the time to recognize the importance of agriculture and brings the community together.

He said agribusiness is the number one business in Chester County.

Milne shared his excitement of being at the fair.

“I’m delighted to help open the fair,” he said. “It wouldn’t be summer without the Kimberton Fair.”

There were no contestants for a Kimberton Fair queen this year, but 2011 Kimberton Queen Sarah Hammaker updated the public on what her year has been like. Hammaker talked about the various events she’s participated in and how she’s improved her public speaking skills.

“(Being queen) was very beneficial to me,” she said. “It taught me about time management and communication skills.”

She thanked her family, Dobson, fair board chairman Gary Moore and pageant director Louise Kritzberger for their support and commitment to the fair.

On Wednesday, Country singer/songwriter Kendal Conrad will perform at 7:30 and 8:30 p.m. The Carnival Midway opens at 6 p.m. on weekdays and noon on Saturday. Thursday is “Open Barn Night.” The Phillie Phanatic will make an appearance on Friday from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. The fireworks show will be at 10 p.m.

For a full schedule, visit www.kimbertonfair.org.