If you ever wondered why everything on the Dairy Day stage goes so smoothly, look no further than Sue James. Sue has been on the Dairy Day committee for seventeen years managing all the stage events. She has also worked behind the scenes with the Dairy Day Association, making plans, choosing a theme and whatever else might be needed.
Dairy Days was started 69 years ago by the Lions Club. In the beginning, farmers brought their chickens, cows, dairy products, etc. town to sell. It was more a farmers market at that time. Through the years, entertainment, pageants, and parades were added, and it became the family friendly, carnival and food event we have today.
The Lions Club was in charge of Dairy Days all those years until six years ago, when two of the Lions’ members left the club because of new jobs. They said the Lions Club would be unable to sponsor Dairy Days anymore. Sue was a Lion at the time and just did not want to let Dairy Days go by the wayside. She rallied a few other Norris City residents and they began the Dairy Days Association. Sue talked to Warren Gossett, who was president of Norris City Industries at the time. Warren said their group would sponsor the new association for a few years, until they were able to get on their feet. Mrs. Vicki Hobbs organized a spaghetti dinner to raise funds that helped them get through the first year.
The members of the Dairy Days Association are David Spence-President, Joe Skaggs-Vice President, Debbie Henson-Parade Coordinator, and Sue James-Stage Events Coordinator. Sue’s job is to write out the schedule for Dairy Days and make sure all the events on the stage go smoothly. She starts at 9 a.m. on Friday morning of Dairy Days and isn’t finished until its all over on Saturday evening. Sue is sad to say that, due to health reasons, she is retiring after this year and handing her duties over to Devin Lane and Joanna Lane.
Sue has this to say about her retirement, “I love what I do, and I hate to quit Dairy Days because it has been quite a bit of my life.” She also explains that she is not retiring from the city board, just the Dairy Days board.
Thanks for all you have done for Dairy Days, Sue!