Presenter: Frances Tepper
Registration: NOT required
The Monroe County Fair began in 1823, just two years after the county was formed. Former executive director of the Monroe County Fair, Frances Tepper will discuss this traditional festival and how it changed through the years.
Since the history of the presenter with the Monroe County Fair began in 1988, she will share humorous anecdotes from her book, Fair Lady: Memoirs of a County Fair Manager, about the daily challenges she faced, from weather-related issues to plans and events that didn't turn out quite as she expected.
Ms. Tepper will sign copies of Fair Lady following the presentation. The book is $20; cash, checks and VENMO accepted.
Orphaned at age sixteen, Frances Tepper put herself through the University of Southern California. After marrying her high school sweetheart, she returned to her home state of New York to raise her children and work for 4-H as a program assistant. In 1992, Fran embarked on a career that would become her passion for the next twenty years: executive director of the Monroe County Fair and manager of the fair association’s events center. During that time, she published many columns and essays in local newspapers and in the fair industry publication, Fairs and Expos, about the life of the fair, writing with her trademark candor, insight, and humor.
She was eventually elected President of the New York State Association of Agricultural Fairs as well as President of the Henrietta Chamber of Commerce, which named her Business Person of the Year in 2000. In 2022, Fran was inducted into the Hall of Fame of New York State Association of Agricultural Fairs.
This event is free and is open to the public.