Harry Reffner has never been someone to shy away from accepting responsibility. As a young boy in his hometown of Roaring Spring, his newspaper delivery route was a prelude to his ability to be focused and organized while dealing with the public. This trait has served him very well.
Harry's initial association with the County Fair was as an exhibit hall entry clerk. After gaining experience and knowledge in the different aspects of the Fair, he was nominated and elected in 2000 for a position on the ten member Fair Board. In a few short years Harry was involved with the Fair's premium tabloid, and served on the concessions and Jordan Hall committees. With his high school sweetheart and wife Marcia by his side, together they have continued to chair the Senior Exhibit entries. His low key and calm personality is a valuable asset when confronted with the numerous chaotic moments on entry day. He is constantly in demand!
In 2003 the Fair was in need of a Board Secretary and it was Harry that gladly accepted the position, a title he continues to hold. He takes the minutes and keeps meticulous records of all Fair Board meetings. However, his influence goes well beyond the local County Fair. Harry has served as a Board Member on the Pennsylvania State Association of County Fairs, thus Bedford has a presence at the State level. More impressive is the fact that Harry was offered, and he accepted the position as the State Association's Executive Secretary/Treasurer, a position he has held since 2012. It's a time consuming job with enormous responsibility, conducting business decisions and handling finances while representing over 100 Fairs in Pennsylvania. In essence, Harry is the one constant Official that all Fairs in Pennsylvania recognize as their source of receiving State Fair business and any related information. Whether a large or small fair, every community that sponsors an event takes great pride in their facility and how they are able to showcase their agricultural community. Harry is sensitive to what each Fair is capable of presenting, and he demonstrates just as much passion for the smaller fairs in Pennsylvania as the larger ones.
Never seeking attention or a well-deserved pat on the back, Harry is that same hard working humble kid that pedaled his bike around his neighborhood all those many years ago. It is with this acknowledgement in mind that the Bedford Fair Board would like to dedicate the 2019 Premium Tabloid to our valued and respected fellow Board Member, Harry Reffner.