Mungers honored for 25 years of service to fair

    For 25 summers, Larry and Jeanette Munger of Imperial manned the ticket booth at the Chase County Fair.
    But after last year’s fair, the Mungers decided the 2017 edition of the fair would be their last.
    The fair board honored the Mungers for a quarter century of service during the Fair Roundup Supper held at the fairgrounds Friday night.
    Fittingly, the Mungers were presented with a gold record noting their achievements and contributions to the fair.
    The Mungers took the job as a team, they said during an interview this week.
    Larry said they made the perfect pair—him with his passion for detail and Jeanette with her fun, outgoing personality.     
    With Larry teaching and Jeanette doing child care during the school year, the job also provided a change of pace for the summer.
    The job was always the highlight of their summer, Jeanette said, not to mention a big part of their lives.
    Over the years, their younger kids went from sleeping in sleeping bags under the counter to helping man the ticket window. They had grandkids help out in the ticket booth as well.
    The Mungers came on board in 1993 and were greeted with a rainout on Saturday night.
    The late Ed Burke, who was entertainment manager for many years, didn’t like the looks of the weather.
    He told them to lock up the ticket booth and leave if the show was rained out. The fair board didn’t know what it might do about refunds; neither did the Mungers, so they locked up and left.

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