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. 

The 2021, Friend of the Fair . . . . 


William “Corn Dog Billy” Fickling

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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