One of the many exciting events to open the 2012 Wayne County Fair included the presentation of the People Who Make a Difference in Wayne County Agriculture Award. This year, The Wayne County Historical Society, was delighted to honor Roger L. Dirlam. Roger was nominated due to the leadership he has provided in the last 14years as fair president. That leadership, along with his vision, is what has enabled the Wayne County Fair to remain true to its agricultural roots. To quote Roger, As a director and president of the Wayne County Fair, it is one of our main goals to keep agriculture in the forefront of this weeks activities and during the rest of the year as well.
The earliest Fairs were agricultural fairs. They were a place for the farming community to exhibit their animals, garden produce, canned and baked goods. Horse pulls and later, tractor pulls as well as many other fun activities were thrown into the equation.
The Wayne County Fair is unique in that it has not forgotten its beginnings. Agriculture is still a big part of the fair from the animal barns to the exhibit hall to the Wayne County Historical Societys own J. B Park Farm Museum. Agriculture is alive and well not only at the annual fair, but all year round at the fairgrounds.
Raised on a farm in Cherry Ridge, Roger followed in his fathers footsteps with his interest in the fair. He became an associate director in 1981, full director in 1991 and president in 1999. Roger is a large supporter of the Wayne County Junior Livestock Sale.
Roger is president of Dirlam Bros, Lumber Co. Inc. He serves his community in many Honesdale National Bank Board member and currently, Vice Chairman, PSACF member and board of directors, treasurer Wayne-Pike Shrine Club, treasurer Girdland Social Club. He is also a member of several fraternal and community service organization.
The Wayne County Historical Society is proud to honor the man whose foresight has kept agriculture intact as he led the Wayne County Fair into the 21st Century.