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Written by Darci Tomky   


 Elsie and Leo Fisbeck of Paoli are serving as this year’s Phillips County Fair Grand Marshalls.  —Enterprise photo


 “We were excited when they came and told us we were the Grand Marshalls,” said Elsie Fisbeck.

 This year’s Phillips County Fair July 27-Aug. 1 will feature Leo and Elsie Fisbeck as Grand Marshalls, and the couple is looking forward to the upcoming festivities.

 “It’s a big honor,” said Elsie.

 The Paoli residents said the county fair has always been a special thing to them.

 Leo moved to Paoli as a 2-year-old in 1930. “My dad was a fair-goer,” said Leo, noting he’s only missed the Phillips County Fair a couple times because of his years in the service. He was in the Army in 1951-52, with one year spent in Korea.

 Elsie grew up just across the border in Venango, Neb. and moved to Phillips County in 1948. She graduated from Haxtun High School while Leo was a graduate of Holyoke High School.

 The couple has lived in the same house in Paoli since they married in 1954.

 Leo spent 35 years working at the Paoli Farmers Co-op Elevator including 23 years in a management position. He has also served on boards for the Town of Paoli, Paoli Gun Club and the Paoli Telephone Office.

 The couple has three sons, and Elsie spent her time raising the boys and working around the house. Their sons are Steve who now lives in Gill, Larry and his wife Cynthia of Windsor and Lenny and his wife Tillie of Holyoke.

 The Fisbeck boys were in 4-H growing up, another reason to travel to Holyoke for the county fair. Years later, the Fisbecks’ grandkids even visited during the summer so they could go to the fair too. Leo and Elsie now have five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

 The Fisbecks recalled a flood around fair time in 1989.Leo and Elsie still managed to spend some time at the fair despite the flood in Paoli.

 Other highlights of past fairs have been the entertainment and carnivals. This year, the Grand Marshalls are looking forward to seeing all the people at the Phillips County Fair as well as looking at all the livestock and craft exhibits.

 Plan to join the Fisbecks at the 2010 Phillips County Fair and watch as they lead the fair parade on Saturday, July 31.

 “Even our grandkids are coming to see us!” Elsie said.