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Morgan County Fair exhibit opens at Jacksonville Area Museum

Morgan County Fair exhibit opens at Jacksonville Area Museum

Morgan County Fair exhibit opens at Jacksonville Area Museum

The Jacksonville Area Museum welcomes this year’s Morgan County Fair with a new exhibit based on the fair and created by high school students.

The museum at 301 E. State St. opened an exhibit on Sunday about the history of the fair. The display includes a variety of photographs and artifacts, including 4-H project books, trophies and ribbons, to tell the story of the fair, which has been held since the mid-1800s.

The exhibit was created by Routt Catholic High School teacher Lisa Hall’s AP U.S. History class, which includes students Jocelyn English, Brianne Rogers, Ava LaRose, Kate Cosgriff and Ava Cebuhar.

Hall’s class first did an exhibit two years ago, for Routt’s 120th anniversary, and they enjoyed it, Hall said. This year, students had the option of making films or creating an exhibit about Jacksonville history; the exhibit won and the theme was narrowed down even further to the fair, she said.

The students spoke with numerous people involved with the fair to gather information for the exhibit, from current fair staff members to former fair attendees and Routt professors, Hall said. The sources provided a wealth of information about the fair, she said, more than could fit into the time and space allotted to them at the museum.

“We could have kept going, I’m sure,” Hall said.

Organizing the exhibition helped students better understand the work involved in organizing the fair.

“The rich history behind the fair allowed me to appreciate all the hard work that has gone into organizing the fair each year and I believe it will do the same for others as well, once they open their minds to the historical aspects involved,” said Ava Cebuhar.

Others said it was important to continue learning about the fair because of how deeply intertwined it is with the history and people of Jacksonville and Morgan County.

“While working on the exhibit, we quickly realized that many people who still live nearby could easily relate to important people or events at the fair,” Ava Cebuhar said. “Local ties and memories related to the fair run deep throughout Morgan County.”

The exhibit will be on display in July and August, construction at the museum permitting, Hall said.

“We’re at the mercy of the expansion project,” Hall said, “which in itself is super exciting.”