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Fall fair is fun, but helps local causes, too

Posted: November 2, 2011 - 12:01am  |  Updated: November 2, 2011 - 2:00am
The Merchant's Association of Columbia County presented checks to Juvenile Diabetes, Easter Seals, NFPG Healthy Grandparent Program, Children's Miracle Network, Martinez/Evans Little League, Camp Rainbow, Project Wish, Columbia County CARES, The Red Cross, FFA and School Scholarships.  Jim Blaylock/Staff
Jim Blaylock/Staff
The Merchant's Association of Columbia County presented checks to Juvenile Diabetes, Easter Seals, NFPG Healthy Grandparent Program, Children's Miracle Network, Martinez/Evans Little League, Camp Rainbow, Project Wish, Columbia County CARES, The Red Cross, FFA and School Scholarships.

One of the more amazing times of the year for Columbia County?

Fair time. Not just because of all the fun and games taking place at the Columbia County Merchants Association Fairgrounds on Columbia Road, either; it’s also because of the way the merchants use that one, incredible, annual event to raise money to support a variety of area charities.

Most people, naturally, associate a fair with the midway, the games, the rides and the artery-clogging yet somehow guiltless food.

But before the gates to Columbia County’s fair opens Thursday, a far more important part of the event takes place.

That’s when the Merchants Association hands out those great big oversized checks, representing real money that supports area causes such as Columbia County Cares food pantry and Martinez-Evans Little League.

The Merchants could easily sit on the profits of the fall fair. They’re a private organization, after all. Instead, each year, they use the proceeds from their biggest annual event to help others.

That’s the same thing The Augusta National does annually, setting a pretty good example for philanthropy.

By all means, have fun at the fair. Even better, do so knowing that you’re helping others, too.

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