The Lincoln county fair board is pleased to award the 2018 scholarship to Mason Coble. He is a 2018 graduate of Lincoln County High and the son of Missy Coble and the late Chris Coble.
Mason practically grew up on the Lincoln County Fairgrounds helping in many activities and events during many years of the Fair. He has helped with the Quarter Horse races marking numbers on horses and helping with judging. He has also helped with Demolition Derby signup, worked in the harness horse paddock before races, set up chairs in front of the grandstands and other volunteer duties. He has been involved in showing rabbits and won best of show in 2011. He helped set up the Century Farms display in the 4-H/Ag (now the Darrell Hale building) in 2011.
He is an avid equestrian, serving on the Lincoln County FFA horse judging team and playing polocrosse with the Tennessee Valley Polocrosse Club for the past 3 years and fox hunting with Cedar Knob Foxhounds for 2 years. In 2017 Mason was involved in helping with Farm Safety Day, Farm City Day and The Fayetteville Middle School Career Day. He will be attending Motlow State Community College in the fall.
By Mason Coble
Since I can remember the Lincoln County Fair has been a major part of my life. As a kid, I always looked forward to fair week in September. My father, Chris Coble, was on the fair board, and dedicated the week every year to the fair and many more hours. He helped with everything from the demolition derby, harness races and tractor pull. Every step he took on the Fairgrounds, I wanted to be right there by his side. I wanted to be just like him. My favorite memory of the Lincoln County Fair is spending the time by my dad’s side volunteering for a great community event.
When most people think of the fair they think of the rides and carnival games, the delicious food and the entertainment; but when I think of the Lincoln County Fair I think of all the time I got to spend with the great people who were like family that spent quality time out of their lives to help put the fair together. From helping inspect cars for the demolition derby, marking numbers on the quarter horses for the races, setting up for the entertainment and being right there with the great people that make the Lincoln County Fair happen; that was what I looked forward to every year. Well that and the smell of freshly kicked up dirt that was sure to happen every time when I walked through the gates. When my dad came home from the fair each night and kissed me goodnight I would smell the fair on him then I would be content and I could fall asleep.
But for the most part, the fair is where families come together to enjoy the rides and fair food, and the entertainment but for me the fair is where I grew up following in the footsteps of my dad and of the wonderful people who make such an exciting community event come together as the Lincoln County Fair.