Harney County Fair & Rodeo
98th Harney County Fair and Rodeo
September 6th - 10th, 2022
“Proud of Our Past, Poised for the Future!”
Lindsey Robertson, Fair Manager
69660 S. Egan Street
Burns, OR 97720
Meet The Folks
Harney County Fair Board
Chance Peila, Chair
Bill Wilber, Vice Chair
FAIR MANAGER: Lindsey Robertson
FAIR COURT: Queen Lily Smith
Hello ladies and gentleman of Harney County! My name is Lily Smith. I am your 2022 Harney County Fair and Rodeo Queen. I am the 18 year old daughter of Geoff and Jessica Smith. I graduated from Burns High School May 2021. I am currently working full time as a Medical Assistant at the Harney County Health Department and taking online courses to further my medical career.
I have lived in Harney County for 9 years, and I couldn't imagine living anywhere else. I've shown both horses and lambs at our local fair and been a part of 4-H and FFA. I have my own small herd of cows that I raise and sell. I enjoy being part of the Harney County Cattle Women’s Association and being involved with the Stockgrowers Association. While out representing Harney County, I intend to promote agriculture- I am so excited to represent our Fair and Rodeo as well as our County as a whole and “agvocate” for my home!
GRAND MARSHAL: Eileen "Anne" Clark
“Proud of our Past, Poised for the Future!”
Congratulations to our 2022 Harney County Fair and Rodeo Grand Marshal Anne Clark!
Eileen “Anne” Arnold was born in Burns in 1951, in the then “new” hospital, to Dick and Naomi Arnold. She grew up on their ranch, living in Lawen during the school year, and spending summers on the portion of their ranch near Buchanan. She attended elementary school in Lawen and high school in Crane, living in the dormitory during the infamous fire that burnt the school to the ground. She graduated high school in 1969, and went on to Eastern Oregon University, where she earned her Bachelor of Arts in Education in 1973.
In 1972, Anne married her high school friend and lifelong Harney County resident, Norman Clark. Norman was raised near Drewsey, and attended high school with Anne at Crane. Their fathers had also attended high school together at Crane in the 1930s. Both Norman and Anne descend from original Harney County settlers, dating back as early as 1882, in the Drewsey area. Following Anne’s graduation from college, they moved back to Harney County. They settled on the Clark ranch near Drewsey, and have lived there ever since, raising cattle and sheep, contract haying, and operating heavy equipment. Norman and Anne are the proud parents of 5 children, 19 grandchildren, and will soon have her 4th great-grandchild.
Professionally, Anne substitute taught school in classrooms in Pine Creek, Drewsey, Crane, Burns, Hines, Double O, and Riley. She also worked as a part time teacher in Pine Creek, then full time in Riley. She retired in 2016, but continues to substitute when she can. She has empowered numerous children with knowledge and a thirst for learning, and has been a positive influence in many lives.
In addition, Anne has given copious amounts of time and energy to the community through her volunteer service. Anne served on the PTA at Pine Creek Elementary for the 17 years her children attended school there. Along with many passionate parents, Anne was a founding member of the Crane High School Booster Club in 1988. She continued to volunteer with the Booster Club for the 12 years her children attended high school. She helped with fundraisers, concessions, awards ceremonies, Mustang fan merchandise, assemblies, and pep rallies. Anne was also instrumental in creating an academic award recognition night for Crane High School scholars. She continues to help organize and carry out the annual Crane and Rural Schools Elementary Music Festival and Play Day in Crane each year, as she has done for more than a decade. She enjoys seeing the young students in the county come together to showcase both music and athleticism.
Anne served on the Harney District Hospital Board for nearly 20 years. Prior to that, she was part of the Harney Community Healthcare Council. This council helped the community establish a taxable hospital district, governed by a board of directors. It also led the way to expanding and building a newer facility between 2006-2008.
Anne has spent numerous years volunteering as a 4-H club leader, teaching her children and others sewing. She has volunteered at the 4-H fashion review, driven contestants to state fair, judged record books, and helped contestants complete their record books. As her children finished up their time in 4-H, she took the opportunity to volunteer with the 4-H Livestock Show. She helps with animal weigh-ins and show clerking. You can hear her voice and laughter across the fairgrounds as she announces the winners of each weight class and age group, every year for the past nearly 3 decades, on Thursday and Friday of the fair.
A tradition at the Harney County Fair for years, Norman and Anne as part of the Harney County Sheep and Wool Growers, promoted and volunteered a lamb feed Saturday night at the Fair. This helped encourage the sale of the 4-H market lambs by giving people the opportunity to taste lamb.
Anne loves Harney County, especially Drewsey, and has compiled community history for years. She helped the Pine Creek Elementary students record oral histories with Drewsey area residents, which are archived at the Western History Room at the Harney County Museum. She enjoys gathering her family back to Drewsey as often as possible, and is proud of the impact her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren have and will have on the future of the county.