2013 Grand Marshals – Mel and Kristie Vaughn
Mel Vaughn has given many years of service and volunteer hours to the Coos County Fair and Rodeo dating back to the 1960s.
Mel and his family moved to Coos County in 1960 and in the same year he began showing cows at the fair as a member of FFA. And showed horses in WHO and SWOHA.
He joined the Coos County Mounted Sherriff's Posse, after returning from Vietnam, and served with them from 1967 through 1971.
In 1971, Glen Gulstrom asked Mel to become the horse superintendant and to serve on the fair board and rodeo committees. Of course he agreed. In that time he served in many different roles. He was a part of the Fair Court Committee in the 80's and 90's, horse superintendant for a number of years, served as President of the Fair Board for two years, was a 4-H leader and acted as chair of the rodeo committee for 39 years.
Mel retired in 2005, from Bridgestone/Firestone, after working for 40 years and is enjoying his free time with his family. He has passed along his love for the fair to his three daughters, his grandchildren and his great grandchild. His wife, daughters and granddaughters have also participated in the fair as a past fair queen, 4-H members, committee members and volunteers.