Woman honored for fair commitment

A dedicated volunteer at a popular St. Joseph County Grange Fair attraction was the recipient of special recognition last week.

Selma Comstock, a lifelong Leonidas-area resident, was honored Wednesday by members of the fair board for her 15-year commitment to the “Miracle of Birth” tent at the annual fair.

Comstock, 79, is retiring from the fair after representing the tent since its debut in 2005.

On Wednesday, Comstock was presented with the coveted “Gold Membership” card, allowing her lifelong entrance to the fair.

Maury Kaercher, former MSU Extension director for St. Joseph County, said the success of Miracle of Birth rests squarely on Comstock’s shoulders.

Miracle of Birth averages 40,000 visitors annually, making it the fair’s most-visited attraction.

Comstock, whose maiden name is Kasdorf, said she was blessed to be part of a great fair tradition for a decade and a half. Walking away from it, she said, is difficult.

Comstock’s position will be filled by Sherman Township’s Steve Wolf, who has a few years of experience at the tent and is eager to help maintain the popularity of the attraction.

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