2017 FAIR SUPPORTER OF THE YEAR
Bill and Mary Ann Cusac
February 5, 1928 – July 23, 2016
Mary Ann Cusac
December 17, 1929 – July 25, 2016
Bill and Mary Ann Cusac are synonymous in Miami County with 4-H, youth, Miami County Fair, horses, baking cakes, Staunton Grange and 4-H Barbeque to just name a few of their many activities.
One of the highlights in Miami County is the annual 4-H Barbeque held in late July each year and the Cusac’s were instrumental in the beginning of this great event. Bill even built a permanent Barbeque pit that was used for many years.
As youth, both Bill and Mary Ann were 10 year members of 4-H and met through their 4-H activities. It was only natural for their four (4) children to follow in their footsteps and be active members of 4-H – each of them completing 10 years as well. (60 years total for the family) As they became adults; 4-H was still very much a part of Bill and Mary Ann’s life and they became 4-H Advisors.
Mary Ann also took a position with the Miami County Extension Service as the 4-H Program Assistant. Her duties were many as she assisted with all areas but her focus was with the 4-H Horse and Dog Advisors groups. She was also the office representative at the 4-H Advisory Committee meetings.
Both Bill and Mary Ann Cusac could be found at the Miami County Fair on any given day – all week long. They encouraged their club members to take part in exhibiting and judging of 4-H projects throughout the fair. If a member could not get their project to the fair; the Cusac’s would make sure it was there.
Even after they “retired” from 50 years as 4-H Advisors; you could still find them working at the Dairy Bar during the Miami County Fair, assisting 4-H advisors or helping where needed with the Staunton Grange. Their support of the fair included purchasing Junior Fair Boosters and helping the Junior Fair Board Members meet their goal of selling boosters.
In 2000; Bill and Mary Ann Cusac were crowned the “Golden Couple” for the Troy Strawberry Festival and celebrated their 50 years of marriage. From 2000 on; they looked forward to the celebration of couples married 50 years or more at the Miami County Fair and looked forward to the annual “Golden Couple” photo. They always expressed their pride in this as the photographer, Mike Ullery, who was a former member of the Staunton Hustlers 4-H club where he excelled in photography projects and they were his advisors.
If you were walking the Miami County Fairgrounds with the Cusac’s you couldn’t be in a hurry; as they always saw someone they knew and stopped and said a few words with them. They were always positive and treated all with respect.
Besides being proud of all the youth that were in their 4-H clubs; they also proud of the many cakes Bill entered in the Art Hall.
In Miami County – when you think of the Miami County Fair, 4-H or Youth; you think of Bill and Mary Ann Cusac and always have fond memories to reflect on.