Carroll County's fair starts with dedication of Buck Miller Arena

The Carroll County 4-H and FFA Fair will mark its 115th year with the 2012 edition, which runs Friday, July 27 to Saturday, Aug. 4, at the Carroll County Agriculture Center in Westminster.

The annual event is nine days of food, fun and entertainment — all with a farming theme celebrating the county's agricultural heritage.

On July 27, fair organizers will host a ribbon-cutting and dedication of the outdoor arena at the agriculture center as the Buck Miller Arena, in memory of the late Charles Jacob "Buck" Miller Jr., founder of C.J. Miller contracting company and a longtime fair supporter.

Miller died last October of heart failure at age 71. His company, C.J. Miller, has been a longtime sponsor of the county fair, but Debbie Weishaar, fair manager, said Miller's personal involvement was also a part of the festivities as well.

She said every year, for instance, Miller would have the arena graded and ready for tractor pulls and other events.

"If we ever needed something done, he would do it for us," said Weishaar. "We just felt (the dedication) was something we should do."

His obituary in the Baltimore Sun noted that Miller continued working up until his death, and particularly enjoyed working on his 120-acre Westminster farm, where he liked "haybining and mowing his hay," according to his son, Charles Jacob "C.J." Miller III.

He donated labor, equipment and money to many local nonprofits and community groups — including the annual Carroll County fair.

Weishaar said Miller's family will be present on July 27 for the ceremony — which will start at 7 p.m.


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