T he Washington County Fair announced last week the election of R. Harry Booth as 2014 President of the New York State Association of Agricultural Fairs.
Booth’s presidency was confirmed at the NYSAAF annual convention held at the Rochester Convention Center, in January.
Booth has served as the Washington County Fair president.
In a letter to the association, Booth writes, “I am excited and encouraged as I begin my term to serve you as President of our state organization. …I encourage everyone to seek out new and innovative ways to promote agriculture at your fairs. The state convention is one of the best opportunities any of us have to network, to teach, and to learn, different ideas and different approaches. Most importantly; do it with a passion.”
Booth began his participation in the Washington County Fair as a child exhibiting his farm’s produce and livestock. In 1963 he became Fair Superintendent of The Youth Vegetable Exhibit; in 1986 he was elected to the Washington County Fair Board, and in 2000 was elected Fair Board President. He has been re-elected as Fair Board President for the past 14 years and continues to participate in his family’s Polled Hereford exhibit at the fair.
In 2013, Booth was the recipient of the Liberty Bell Award from the Washington County Bar Association. This most prestigious award is bestowed to honor outstanding citizens within the local community, who has given of themselves to strengthen the effectiveness of the American system of freedom under law, in keeping with the spirit of the Constitution.
Booth is the current president of the Greenwich Lions, treasurer of the Ashlar Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons, a member of the Lake Champlain, Lake George Regional Planning Board, and lay leader of Centenary United Methodist Church. He is a previous town supervisor for Easton, and has held leadership roles with the Schuylerville School Board, SUNY Adirondack, and the Washington County Farm Bureau. R. Harry Booth is President of Booth’s Blend Compost, Inc., a family operated business in Easton.
The NYSAAF’s mission is to promote and encourage agriculture, horticulture and the domestic arts through annual fairs of member organizations; to further interest in the material and educational development of agriculture and industry in the State of New York; to encourage and assist in the development and improvement of fairs and expositions; and to foster a spirit of cooperation among its members and to exchange ideas on management and areas of general interest.
For information on The Washington County Fair call 518-692-2464 or visit www.washingtoncountyfair.com. For information on the New York State Association of Agricultural Fairs visit www.nyfairs.org.