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Parade Grand Marshals and Old-Timer of the Year Ceremony Today at 11:00

Lassen County Old-Timers Gwen and Robert Baker in the 2019 Fair Parade, driven by Fred Wemple and Jim Wolcott

The Lassen County Fair will honor its 2023 Parade Grand Marshals and Old-Timer of the Year this morning at 11:00 in a ceremony held at the fair grandstands.

Old-Timer of the Year
Long-time Susanville resident Terry Jackson will be honored as the fair’s 2023 Old Timer of the Year.

Fair Director Kaitlyn Midgely gave a little bit of background on Jackson and his history.

“Jackson was the owner and operator of Jackson’s Service Center for over fifty years and in that time donated countless hours and dollars to give back to the community he calls home.”

Jackson is a decorated Vietnam veteran and a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. He has been married to Diane for over 50 years and is dedicated to the community, especially the youth, supporting local sports teams, the fishing derby, and supporting the Junior Livestock Auction.

“He has been a lifelong resident of Lassen County and as many know a friendly face that is happy to help anyone when they need it.”

Midgley explained that the Old Timer of the Year award is judged for kindness and service to our community. The nominee must be at least 60 years old and have lived in Lassen County for at least 10 years.

The award honors a senior who has demonstrated outstanding volunteerism, leadership, helping, teaching, mentoring, or advocating for others in Lassen County. It is based on dedication, overarching commitment, and demonstrated impact on those served.

Parade Grand Marshals
Long-time Honey Lake Valley residents Arlan and Wanda Mallery will be honored as the Lassen County Fair Parade Grand Marshals this morning, and again Saturday as they lead the annual parade from the top of Main Street to the fairgrounds.

“Arlan was born and raised in Lassen County and Wanda moved to Lassen County when she was just four years old,” explains Lassen Fair Director Kaitlyn Midgely.

“Both Arlan and Wanda Mallery graduated from Lassen High School. Arlan showed both beef and sheep at the Lassen County Fair while growing up and continues to be an official weigh master for the County Fair livestock animals and has done this for over twenty years.”

“Wanda was a local 4-H leader for over a decade helping local youth to grow and raise their own livestock.”

Over the last fifty years, according to Midgely, the Mallerys have supported the youth in this county in many ways, including purchasing livestock animals at the Junior Livestock Auction.

Their business, Lassen Transfer and Storage, has been a continual supporter of entertainment at the Lassen County Fairgrounds supporting the Lassen Transfer stage for more than thirty years.

The Grand Marshal award is a century old tradition based on accomplishments and contributions to the community. The winners are selected based on their contributions to the quality of life in Lassen County through civic/and or social services; humanitarianism; personal achievements in the areas of arts, sports, etc.; or based on the distinction that he/she has brought to Lassen County resulting from achievements elsewhere.

“Congratulations to our winners and look for them during the Lassen County Fair parade!”

Jeremy Couso
Jeremy Couso
SusanvilleStuff.com Publisher/Editor
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