FLETCHER – The N.C. Mountain State Fair Livestock Hall of Fame has three new members, including Haywood resident Jim Padgett.
Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler recognized Padgett, along with Donnie and Kim Reid for their contributions to the livestock shows at the fair and throughout Western North Carolina.
“I want to thank this year’s inductees for supporting livestock shows at the N.C. Mountain State Fair,” said Troxler. “We couldn’t have built the program into what it is today without their assistance.”
Padgett has worked for the fair for more than 20 years. He was recognized for his kindness and patience with youth exhibitors. Padgett is a U.S. Navy veteran and served his time as a nuclear weapons technician on a submarine before working for the state.
The Reids, of Transylvania County, have been participating in the fair since it began in 1994. From loaning animals to youth for exhibition to setting up an annual display of their own at the fair, the Reids have done countless things to help encourage and educate the next generation of farmers.
The N.C. Mountain State Fair Livestock Hall of Fame was created by livestock show staff to recognize individual contributions to the livestock industry. The 2019 N.C. Mountain State Fair runs through Sept. 15, at the WNC Agricultural Center in Fletcher. Visit www.mountainfair.org.