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July 17, 2008

Legislature Donates Plaque in Recognition of Jerry Thomas

County Legislature Chairman Barry Leemann and Maryhelen Thomas stand in front of a plaque dedicated to Jerry Thomas in the entertainment building at the Oswego County Fairgrounds. The Legislature donated the plaque as a tribute to Jerry Thomas for his years of leadership with the Oswego County Fair.

SANDY CREEK -- Many have credited the late Jerry Thomas for resurrecting the Oswego County Fair in Sandy Creek during the 1980s, when it appeared the fair would not be able to continue operating. The fair celebrated its 151st anniversary earlier this month, and several members of the Oswego County Legislature were on hand to dedicate a plaque in memory of their former colleague.

Jerry Thomas represented District 1 on the County Legislature, including the towns of Sandy Creek, Boylston and Redfield, from January 2004 until April of 2007. Between 1984 and 1991, he represented the town of Sandy Creek. He passed away Nov. 30, 2007.

He served as president of the Fair Association for several terms, and helped acquire funding to build several new exhibit halls on the fairgrounds. Along with his wife, Maryhelen, he was active in numerous community organizations around northern Oswego County.

Oswego County Legislature Chairman Barry Leemann dedicated a plaque to Jerry Thomas at the fair's entertainment building. He said Thomas was down-to-earth and hard-working, a man of integrity who was well-liked and admired by his colleagues on both sides of the aisle.

Maryhelen Thomas recalled different times that Jerry had stepped forward with ideas and energy to help the community and to make the fair successful.

She told those in attendance that she hoped they all found “someone like Jerry” in their lives, a trusted and hardworking friend that they could learn from and appreciate every day of their life together.

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