Fair is great time 'to rub elbows with people'

Cary Ashby • Aug 18, 2019 at 10:00 AM

The Huron County Fair is a time to reconnect with community members. 

That is the case for the Norwalk mayoral candidates as Republican incumbent Rob Duncan will face Democratic challenger Dave Light in the Nov. 5 election.

Going to the fair is annual tradition for them.

“We come every year. The kids always enjoy the animals. Having a large family, we don’t do a lot of the extras, but they love to come out and just enjoy the environment,” Duncan said.

Since Light was born in Norwalk, he has come to the fair ever since he was a child.

“You see everybody you haven’t seen for a year,” he said. “It’s great to get caught up with old friends.

“I look forward to the new food stands and I always like going through seeing the draft horses and the farm equipment. You see so many from people from around the county (who) take this week to come out here and they all just got something going on.”

Duncan was asked why the fair is important for the community.

“I can’t speak for Huron County as a whole, but I know for Norwalk it gives us a little more flavor of what our county is about. So many times we are caught up with our little segment that we don’t see the county; this gives us an opportunity to rub elbows with people — a lot of good people out in the community,” he said.

Although the mayor and one of his daughters wore a “Duncan for mayor” shirt Thursday, Duncan admitted he has kept the campaigning to a minimum this year. He said he has talked “a little bit” with people about the upcoming election and some local issues.

“But more than anything else, it’s about being around, being available and actually trying to enjoy everyone and my family and not concentrating on the campaign right now. We’ve been doing that since November,” Duncan added with a smile and a laugh.

“It is all new territory for me because I have a never run for public office before,” Light said about his campaign. “I’m not a politician, but I’d like to see Norwalk move forward. I think there’s a lot more stuff we could be doing.

“So from the time I announced my candidacy to run for mayor, I’ve been a good listener. I have met with a lot of people who are a lot smarter than I am and they have a lot of great ideas … business people, community leaders from not even not in Norwalk.”

Light has heard feedback about local issues, what has been done in the city and what the voters want to see happen.

“It’s been a great experience for me,” he added.

“There are a lot of cities around us that are really going to town. You look at some of the stuff that Huron’s doing, Sandusky, Vermilion, Elyria — and they’re going to town in a lot of different areas and there is a lot of that stuff we can bring to Norwalk and be doing. More positive things.”

Touring the fairgrounds is an opportunity to see what young people have grown, raised or made.

“My kids have good friends who show animals out here, so it’s great for them to be this close to home and participate in 4-H and those types of activities,” Duncan said.

Light considers the 4-H and fair events “a life event” for children and teenagers. 

“That’s just cool stuff,” he said. “That’s what I like about Huron County; it’s a rural county.

“This is something they look forward to year-round and they have a genuine, good, wholesome hobby that they get into and take great pride in that.”

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