Mary Ruth Tasler: 45-year veteran of Calhoun County Fair
Oct. 12, 2010 at 5:12 a.m.
BY DIANNA WRAY
PORT LAVACA - Calhoun County Fair office manager Mary Ruth Tasler has been a part of the Calhoun County Fair in some capacity for the past 45 years.
No matter what a person needs to know about the fair, everyone seems to agree Tasler is the person to ask.
In an interview, she ponders why she loves working for the fair and how it has changed over the years.
Q: What's your favorite exhibition at the Calhoun County Fair?
Tasler: I like everything, but I enjoy looking at the flowers. They're just beautiful and it's just amazing what people bring in."
Q: How did you start working as Calhoun County Fair office manager?
Tasler: I worked with the county extension office on the fair for 34 years. When I retired in July 2000, they called me up in October and asked if I could step in here. I said I guess I'll do it, and now it's 10 years later and I'm still doing it every year.
Q: How has the Calhoun County Fair changed over the years?
Tasler: Originally, the Calhoun County Fair was held this time of year because it was the end of crop season, and people would bring samples of their crops into town, to show what they'd been growing. As it progressed, its focus shifted more onto the youth and the animals they raise and sell during the year. It gives them something to do and a way to get what they've done acknowledged."
Q: Why do you like being involved in the Calhoun County Fair?
Tasler: I guess I know a lot about it, but I always learn something new every year. The main thing is I enjoy seeing all of the people that come out here every year. When I was working I saw everybody all of the time, and once a year I get to see everybody again ... This is like my home away from home, for a couple of weeks out of the year."