The Monroe County Fair is selling commemorative coins to mark its 75th fair in 2022.
The fair, which started in 1948, is selling the coins for $10 plus another $5 for a key chain holder. They are available at the fair office, 3775 S. Custer Rd., or from James B. Miller of Newport, one of five members of a fair board subcommittee that came up with the design of the coin.
Organizers are still counting the year 2020 even though the fair was cancelled that year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The coins are 1 ¾ inches in size and have an antique silver color. Pictured on the front are a ferris wheel, a 4-H clover, train locomotive, a horse, lamb and a pig. An inscription at the top that is highlighted in red and black says “Michigan’s Finest – Your Monroe County Fair.” The locomotive represents the Little Smokey train ride.
The committee worked with Jennie Burt of Monroe, owner of Tiger Quilt Images, to design the coin, Miller said. The fair has previously partnered with Burt to design the cover of its brochures, posters and bumper stickers to distribute in the county. She also has designed logos for souvenir T-shirts and sweatshirts, and for publications to promote the fair.
“I couldn’t be happier or more impressed with the outcome,” Miller said.
Besides Miller, the committee also includes Annette Heck, Linda Schafer, Barbara Siebarth and Jerry Blanchette.
This article originally appeared on The Monroe News: Monroe County Fair selling special coins to mark 75th year