New Fair Board Member Profile—Eric Eliason
Another new face to the official county administration for the 2023 year is Eric Eliason, who was sworn in as a new Fair Board member on January 5. Eliason has been a resident of the valley for his whole life, and looks forward to making the Oneida County Fair an even better event than it already always is. Asked to introduce himself to the community, Eliason responded as follows:
What is your history in the area?
I grew up in Oneida county, in Holbrook. I was raised on the family cattle ranch. Moved away to serve a mission and go to college where I got a bachelors in Agribusiness from BYU-I. I have recently moved back and am managing a seedstock angus/charolais ranch in Samaria.
What has your experience with the fair and rodeo been like?
I have attended and participated in the fair for as long as I can remember. From doing pee wee events at the fair while my older siblings participated in 4H/FFA. To doing 4H and FFA projects myself, including 4 swine, 6 steers, and participating in Horse 4H every year. I was also involved in the Jr. fair board, (though I’m not sure it was ever an “official” thing). I have always participated in the fair rodeo, I think it is a lot of fun and there is an event for almost anyone to participate in.
What are your hopes for the future of the Fair in Oneida county?
I hope to be able to help the fair to continue to grow. Finding events and activities that the community can come participate and enjoy. As far as specifics, it is hard to say at this point.
Why are events like the Fair and Rodeo important to this community?
In Agriculture based counties like ours, I think the fair is important because it is a chance for the youth to do projects of their own. To present what they have worked all summer, and sometimes even winter, to the community. And then at the end of the week to have a be able to sell that project and make money. This teaches the youth so many life skills. I also believe the fair is great for bringing the community together to enjoy activities such as motocross, rodeos, hypnotists, vendors, good food, and many more. There is always something for every age and a great outing for the whole family!
I am excited to serve on the fair board and look forward to bringing new and exciting things to the valley.