Volunteering For 50 Years At The Twin Falls County Fair


By Michelle Bartlome

Filer, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV ) - This year marks the 97th Annual Twin Falls County Fair.

Of those years, one volunteer has been there for more than half of them. It's a remarkable feat.

But, her time helping out isn't over yet.

At just shy of 90–years–old, Lydia Yoder is no stranger to the Twin Falls County Fair.

"This is my 50th year here at the Twin Falls County Fair, volunteering somewhere, I've been all over the grounds,” said Lydia Yoder, Volunteer.

But for majority of her time, it's been in the floral department.

"I don't remember what year I came into it because I wasn't keeping track, it's been a long time. (Why stay?) They never got anybody to replace me,” said Yoder.

Lydia didn't really want to be replaced, since volunteering is in her blood.
"You learn so much about people. The biggest reward is to watch a child get an award for the first time,” said Yoder.

With 350 entries at the Twin Falls County Fair this year, Lydia says she enjoys every single one of them.

"I have always loved flowers."

Beauty that's evident in each bloom. But, just as one flower withers, another takes shape.

"It's that kind of person that keeps this kind of fair going. It gets carried on from generation to generation,” said Jo Ann Robbins, Floral Superintendent.

"(Will you ever stop?) Not really unless the good Lord won't keep me walking,” said Yoder.

Admiring the flowers on display while many others admire her.

This isn't the only place she volunteers.

Lydia also makes quilts for multiple organizations across the Magic Valley.

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