The 2021, Friend of the Fair . . . .
Friend of the fair
Since 1989, the Whiteside County Fair Board has chosen to honor an individual or group for their outstanding support or commitment to the Fair
For 2021, the Whiteside County Fair Board has selected William “Corn Dog Billy” Fickling as the Friend of the Fair.
William “Corn Dog Billy” Fickling
The Whiteside County Fair Board is pleased to announce that our 2021 Friend of the Fair is William McKinney Fickling, better known in Whiteside County as “Corndog Billy.”
Billy and his family hail from Hughes Springs, Texas, which he says is the corndog capital of the world. Billy has been coming to our fair, which he describes as “wonderful,” for 30+ years! It is a pleasure to honor him with this title at our 150th Fair. Billy is a friend of many here in Whiteside County, and he is best known for his big smile and radiant personality, as well as the tasty treats he brings to the Fair. His kindness is appreciated by all, and working with him over the years has been a privilege.
Billy’s love for the Whiteside County Fair stems from “all of the nice people here,” and he says our fairgrounds is “one of the prettiest fairgrounds” he gets to work on. He also shared that when he gets to Morrison, he and his family feel like they are at home. Billy and his family say that they are grateful to be a big part of our fair, but those of us who have munched on a corndog, enjoyed a lemonade shakeup, or indulged in a funnel cake can agree that we are just as grateful for Billy and his family.
The Whiteside County Fair Board would like to thank Billy for all the wonderful, fun-filled years, and we look forward to many more!
Previous Years Honoree's
1989 – Eddie Schuler
1990 – Betty Whitebread
1991 – Calvin Simpson
1992 – Marge Smit
1993 – Ralph Frymark
1994 – Tom Vogel
1995 – Orville Goodenough
1996 – Paul Dell
1997 – Donald Ramsdell
1998 – Judith Ross
1999 – Larry Fredericks & Loren Todd
2000 – Whiteside County Sheriff’s Mounted Patrol
2001 – Whiteside County Master Gardeners
2002 – Francis “Pat” Keegan
2003 – Randy Holesinger
2004 – Pat & Doug Skinner
2005 – Morrison Volunteer Fire Department
2006 – Abbott Family
2007 – Merle Reisenbigler
2008 – Frank Belt & Norman Isenhart Family’s
2009 – Mark Schuler
2010 – Vandermyde Family
2011 – Birkey’s/Prophetstown Equipment
2012 – Morrison Blacktop/Stralow Family
2013 – Popcorn Bob & Marilyn Green
2014 – Paul Vock & Dan Heusinkveld
2015 – Fran Gross
2016 – Dale Coleson Family
2017 – Morrison Athletic Boosters
2018 – Gary Folkers Family
2019 – Jill Miller & Goldie Svendsen