The 2023 Wayne County Fair Parade Marshal
This year’s Wayne County Fair Parade Marshal is former New York State Assemblyman and Macedon resident, Bob Oaks. Bob has spent his entire life as a Wayne County resident, growing up in North Rose and his entire married life, of nearly 44 years, with wife, Judy, in Macedon. Bob served 26 years representing all of Wayne County in the New York State Assembly. Prior to that he served 10 years as the elected Wayne County Clerk. Being named the 2023 Wayne County Fair Parade Marshall is a bit of a full circle moment for Bob as he has been attending the fair spanning a period of 65+ years.
He has had a 4-H entry, been a spectator of the parade, a participant in the parade, a worker at a food booth and a politician at a political booth. He has been a spectator at the cow judging and won the Goat Milking contest. He has enjoyed many milkshakes at the 4-H booth, chicken BBQ’s at the Grange booth, and food from virtually every local school district or organization that runs a booth. He has welcomed out of town friends, many statewide politicians and then New York Governor George Pataki to the Wayne County fairgrounds. He has witnessed the hard work each year of numerous people to make the fair successful. Bob appreciates that the fair celebrates Wayne County every year and agrees with its purpose: to preserve the past, promote the present, educate about the county and motivate the leaders of today and tomorrow.
Bob has spoken at many Opening Day ceremonies at the fair and one of his memories that is indelibly etched in his mind is heading down Gates Street as the Fair Parade turns off Route 31 and seeing the large crowds of people cheering on the parade and the welcome from the crowd as the parade enters the fairgrounds. As parade marshal, this year that journey will be extra special.
If you have any suggestions or nominations please let the Wendy Miller, Parade Director know by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org