In Memory of three great men who served Acton Fair well
Edward Michael Cook
9/22/1935 – 5/6/2022
Mike was involved with the Fair Museum since its beginning, and with the 4-H in all their work. He helped set up the original displays in the former 4-H Extension building with many of his own tools gathered from his farm, organizing them on large boards. When the new building was built, he was delighted to expand the displays with donations from everyone interested in showing “Our Stuff”.
Mike had a wealth of knowledge which he was glad to share with anyone who had questions and delighted in showing the next generation how equipment worked.
Richard W. Burke Sr.
7/25/1930 – 8/19/2022
Past Vice President Dick Burke was a part of the fair for 59 years serving as director from 1963-1995, Vice President 1995-2016, Director Emeritus 2016-2022. Dick could be found either at the gates or in the camping area ready to help anyone at any time with any project. Dick had a huge heart which was evident in his love for his family and the fair.
8/01/1935 – 10/12/2022
Farming was always in Roger’s genes. In 1980 Roger became involved with the 4-H Beef Club and helping with the 4-H Livestock barn at the fair. In 2003 he assisted the club in getting a grant which started the construction of the first chicken hatchery at the fair. Within two years’ time it was obvious it needed to expand and he built the octagon incubator which can be found in the Exhibit Hall today. Roger watched and cared for hundreds of chicks that have been hatched over time. He loved chatting with everyone who came to see them and was always available to answer any questions and help whenever needed.