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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Karen Valenzuela, Thurston County Commission Chair at (360) 786-5414, ValenzK@co.thurston.wa.us

County Commissioners Thank National Guard Company with Proclamation
Commissioners recognize 176th Engineering Company for work at fairgrounds

As opening day for the 2014 Thurston County Fair approaches, county commissioners took a moment at today's commission meeting to thank some of the volunteers who are so vital to making the fair's annual event a success each year.

Earlier this spring, members of the 176th Engineering Company of the 741st Engineering Battalion of the Washington National Guard volunteered their time at the Thurston County Fairgrounds by doing a number of building maintenance and repair projects.

"This proclamation is not only a statement of our gratitude for your volunteer service at the county fairgrounds, it also is a gesture of our gratitude for your military service," said County Commission Chair Karen Valenzuela to Maj. Tamara Brathode Schwab, who accepted the proclamation for the 176th Engineering Company.

Commission Vice Chair Sandra Romero said, "It's no secret that a lot of county residents are connected to the military in one way or another, and I think it's important to recognize how much our military service members give back to this community. This proclamation is a symbol of our gratitude for your service to our country and for your strong support of our local community."

"The Thurston County Fair is truly a community event and the valuable work of the National Guard demonstrates how inclusive that community really is," says Commissioner Cathy Wolfe.

The 2014 Thurston County Fair is guaranteed to be fun for the whole herd. The fair runs from Wednesday, July 30 through Sunday, August 3. To learn more about 2014 fair events, entertainment and exhibits, visit www.ThurstonCountyFair.org.



County Commissioners:

Carolina Mejia
District 1

Gary Edwards
District 2

Tye Menser
District 3