Volunteer of the Year 2017

George Nehrbass

The Home Arts Division of the Middlesex County Fair is proud to announce that George Nehrbass has been named the 2017 Volunteer of the Year.

George learned to cross stitch shortly after he retired when he wanted to surprise his daughter in law Michelle with an embroidered sweatshirt. She was making them for relatives and he thought he would give her one for her birthday.

Encouraged by his family, George continued improving his skills over the years learning needlework, hardanger, crewel, and canvas embroidery. Christmas stockings as well as ornaments every year all became treasured gifts. He even had an ornament on the White House Christmas tree!

He entered his first large piece “Angel of Hope” into the needlework division in the 1993 fair. That was the beginning of George’s involvement with the fair.

George began volunteering the next year and has been a regular at the fair ever since. You can see George sitting at the doors of the Home Arts building multiple times a week. He greets all our visitors with a smile and a warm hello. For several years he served as a recorder. George also helps return all the entries to their owners on pick up day.
George says “The people I’ve been with all those years have made me a part of their family and it has been a most rewarding experience.”

George is a valuable part of the Home Arts Fair “Family” and we thank him for his many years of loyalty.

Volunteer of the Year

Winners Since 1993

  • 1993 – Fair – Adelade Boyce
  • 1994 – Home Arts – Delores Helpa
  • 1995 – 4-H – Barton Ryan
  • 1996 – Home Arts – Barbara Jensen
  • 1997 – Fair – Fred Holsten
  • 1998 – 4-H Dave Earl, Sr.
  • 1999 – Home Arts – Erwin Hampson
  • 2000 – Fair – Mary Etsch
  • 2001 – 4-H – Marie & Al Davis
  • 2002 – Home Arts – Ciocan & Offenburger Families
  • 2003 – Fair – Jerry Pawlek
  • 2004 – 4-H – Howe Baker
  • 2005 – Home Arts – Stephanie & Ed Bartz
  • 2006 – Fair – Albert S. Evaskitis
  • 2007 – 4-H – Renee Narkiewicz
  • 2008 – Home Arts – Kathleen Donahue
  • 2009 – Fair – Helen Quackenbush
  • 2010 – 4-H – Marge Lake
  • 2011 – Home Arts – Sheila Angalet
  • 2012 – Fair – Alida Martin
  • 2013 – 4-H – Robert “Bob” Shields
  • 2014 – Home Arts – Rose Lubrano
  • 2015 – Fair – Caroline Etsch
  • 2016 – 4-H – Roger Bootier
  • 2017 – HA – George Nehrbass