Lifetime Service Awards: 

Mike and Janice Kuhns

Mike & Janice Kuhns 

Mike & Janice Kuhns have been an active part of the fair since Mike was in high school. He showed cattle until he was age 19. In 1979, he was asked to be on the Beef Committee. A few years later he became the Livestock Superintendent. He was then asked to get more involved and became the 2nd Vice-President in 1981. Mike also served as Director for 10 more years. Mike stayed on 2 more years until 2013. Janice helped Mike and became the Livestock Secretary in the early 80’s. Eventually Janice was just the Beef Secretary. She also helped with the Children’s Games for several years. Janice would help in the Amvets food stand. She would also help in the office when called upon. She continued to help at the fair until 2013. There are always those people who are “on call” for the organization and community that they love. Both Mike and Janice have fond memories and developed many lifetime friendships with countless people through their years’ of serving the fair and their community. They continue to support the Fisher Fair as needed. Thank you Mike and Janice for your endless support of the Fair and the Fisher community!

Debbie and Dick Johnson

Debbie & Dick Johnson

Debbie & Dick Johnson have been a mainstay at the fairgrounds. Deb started in 1979 at the food stand and moved to Co- Supt. in the Exhibit building, and later Superintendent for many years of the Culinary department. She also worked in the office in 1990 then being named being named Treasurer starting in 1991 and retired in 2011. Dick was our resident carpenter and our cheerleader in the stands! They spent every year at the fair on their wedding anniversary. In 2019 they’ll be celebrating #48! Thank you Deb and Dick for your devoted service to the fair and the community!

Kathy Bateman

Kathy Bateman

Kathy Bateman has volunteered at the Fisher Fair for 50 years in 2019! Kathy has helped in the exhibit building Junior department with a great sense of direction and privilege to help the youth in our community. Her knowledge and smiles light up her corner of the building! Of course, it also takes a “family” to help, including her husband Paul and other family members. We thank you Kathy for your dedicated service to the fair and the Fisher community!

Rick and Rhonda Roesch

Rick and Rhonda Roesch

Rick and Rhonda Roesch have served with the Fisher Fair for 40 years. In the 1970’s they were asked by Harlan and Lynn Trotter to serve on the officer nominating committee and did volunteer work during the fair. In the 80’s they were superintendents of the Commercial Exhibit building and continued to volunteer during the fair. Rick served on the Rehab and grounds committees then went on to serve a Vice President. In 1991, Rick was elected President, a position has held for 20 years until 2011. He also served as a Director until 2013. Rhonda continued to serve by baking her delicious cinnamon rolls for the American Lutheran church food stand, helping in the office and helping Rick sell 50/50 tickets in the grandstand. Rhonda has a longer history with the fair, starting with exhibiting entries in the exhibit hall in the junior department in sewing, knitting, crafts and baking. She also participated in the first queen contest in the late 1960’s. Rick’s knowledge of the fair industry has helped guide us to where we are now. You’ll always have a home in Fisher! The couple states, “It’s been an honor for us to serve the fair and help keep this tradition of the Fisher community alive”.

In Memoriam: 

John Mumma

John Mumma

John Mumma was a yearly visitor to Fisher Fair for well over 30 years by being both a tractor & truck puller. He also was an ITPA Official that loved our track. John had a smile for everyone he encountered and lived life to it’s fullest. John farmed all his life on the family farm in Philo and wore many hats in his community all of which he wore very well! He was killed in an accident last fall, traveling to a farm machinery show in Louisville, KY. The sport and his community feels a huge loss and we at Fisher Fair offer our condolences to his family. We are celebrating his life and legacy that he leaves behind. We salute you sir and we’ll all miss you dearly!


226 E Sangamon St, Fisher, IL 61843

Phone: 217-897-1437
(fair week only)
Secretary/Treasurer Jill Hardesty's cell: 217-841-3487

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