Friendship that lasts for the majority of a century is worth celebrating.
Bob Rundle, 92, said has been going to the Lorain County Fair for 80 years and continues to because he enjoys the company of his friends and watching people.
That’s what Rundle, who is from Wellington, Jerry Camp of LaGrange, and Dick Weitzel of Elyria discussed last Wednesday as they took in some cart racing at the fair grandstand.
“Things have changed quite a bit,” Rundle said. “I remember the pony races and all that kind of stuff. There’s only so much a person can see when they visit here, but there’s so many little things over the years to take in, you want to see it all.”
He said he served on the fair board for six years in the the late 50s and early 60s.
Weitzel, 85, said the trio have been friends their entire lives.
“I think we’re supposed to be sick of each other by this time,” he said with a smile. “I’ve been coming to the fair for 76 years and we’ve been here together ever since.
Camp, 87, talked about time spent at the fair’s old location in Elyria.
“I showed horses at the last Elyria fair,” he said. “I’ve seen these guys fall off their horses a couple of times.”
The first four fairs were held at Summer’s Park in Elyria before moving to Oberlin in 1850. The following year, it was moved to Wellington for one year before returning to Elyria in 1852.
It stayed there until 1941 when the Lorain County Fair merged with the Wellington Independent Fair, moving to the fairgrounds in Wellington.
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Jonathan Delozier | Civitas Media Bob Rundle, 92, Jerry Camp, 87, and Dick Weitzel, 85, talk about their long friendship as they watch some cart racing at the fair.