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Les Cockrell: Marker to honor North Texas State Fair history

A dedication ceremony is planned for Aug. 8 to commemorate the official Texas Historical Marker awarded to the North Texas State Fair and Rodeo by the Texas Historical Commission.

The designation honors the 84-year-old North Texas State Fair and Rodeo as “an important and educational part of the history of farming and ranching in Denton County and surrounding areas,” according to a press release.

The public is invited to attend the ceremony, which is set for 10 a.m. at 2217 N. Carroll Blvd. The event is sponsored by the North Texas State Fair Association and the Denton County Historical Commission.

Scheduled speakers include County Judge Mary Horn, state Rep. Myra Crownover, R-Denton, and fair association President Carl Anderson.

Glenn Carlton, executive director of the fair, was instrumental in obtaining the marker by bringing public awareness to its economic and cultural significance, the press release stated.

County historical commission certificates of commendation, in recognition of leadership in the development of the fair and efforts that led to the placement of the state marker, will be presented to William Allen, Carl Anderson, Ken Burdick (posthumously), Carlton, Nanci Kimmey, R.D. Martin, James Roden, Kim Wendt and the board of directors of the fair association.

The state marker was sponsored by the fair association.

During the marker process, county historical commission Marker Committee chairwoman Beth Stribling worked with Kimmey, state fair executive assistant, and Wendt, a University of North Texas student intern who researched and wrote the historical narrative for the application.

The marker application was submitted to the state in the fall of 2010 and was approved in January 2011.

The fair began as the Denton County Fair in 1928, organized by the Denton County Fair Association and chartered in 1930. In 1958, the fair was renamed the North Texas State Fair.

In 1961, the name of the Denton County Agricultural Fair Association was changed to North Texas State Fair Association.”

The fair’s history reflects the leadership of the Denton businessmen who understood the economic significance of a county fair in the city, officials said.

For more information on the state marker program, call Roslyn Shelton at 940-241-2523 or Stribling at 940-241-2523.



Fundraiser set for Denton County MHMR Center

A fundraiser for the Denton County Mental Health/Mental Retardation Center is planned for Fuzzy’s Taco Shop, 115 Industrial St.

The center will receive 10 percent of total sales between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Friday. All diners have to do is mention that they are there to support Denton County MHMR when they place an order.

Proceeds will benefit the center’s Holiday Helping Hands program.

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Benefit to help Denton Animal Shelter Foundation

Several businesses on the Square will help raise funds for the Denton Animal Shelter Foundation by donating a portion of their Saturday proceeds to the foundation.

Organizers of the “Square Deal on the Square” event are encouraging area residents to shop in downtown Denton during the event to raise funds to furnish an on-site veterinary clinic when the new Denton Animal Shelter is built.

A groundbreaking ceremony for the new shelter is planned for Sept. 14.

A list of businesses that are participating in Saturday’s fundraiser can be found at .



Dogwood Estates invites area seniors to free events

Dogwood Estates, an independent senior community in Denton, has invited the public to get a behind-the-scenes look at the community during several free events planned Friday through Sunday.

An open house with activities, beverages and sweets will begin at 2:30 p.m. Friday, and cool summer treats will be served at 2:30 p.m. Saturday.

A dinner and dance will be held at 5 p.m. Sunday.

Dogwood Estates is located at 2820 Wind River Lane. To make reservations, call 940-383-8600.

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Ann’s Haven VNA offersgrief recovery workshop

Ann’s Haven VNA will offer a free one-day grief recovery workshop on Tuesday for adults who have experienced the loss of a loved one.

Titled “Good Grief,” the workshop will be from 9 to 10:30 a.m. at the Ann’s Haven VNA office, 325 W. McKinney St., Suite 101, in Denton.

Participants will be offered support and information on common grief experiences, coping with grief, myths about grief and resources for help.

There is no cost to attend, but reservations are required by calling 940-349-5900.



School supply drive to aid Boys & Girls Clubs

The annual Staples for Students national school supply drive is under way, and donations can be made at the Denton Staples store at 2315 Colorado Blvd. and the Staples store at 4711 State Highway 121 in The Colony.

Donations of school supplies will be accepted, or Staples customers can get involved by donating $1 or more — with 100 percent of the proceeds benefiting students in need.

School supplies and donations at the two stores will be given to the Boys & Girls Clubs of North Central Texas and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Collin County.

Since 2008, the campaign has raised more than $2 million for students in need throughout the country.

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