The 2017 Bluemont Fair is dedicated to two remarkable village residents we lost this year, Michael Elmer Potter and Susan Freis Falknor. Both were long-time residents of Bluemont who served on the Fair committee for many years and supported our community in many other ways as well.

Michael was an award-winning physicist who had a long career in the Directorate of Intelligence of the CIA. He was a guitarist, a gifted storyteller, and an amateur astronomer. He devoted many years to running the admissions gate of the Bluemont Fair, and he also supported his wife Betty Potter in her many community activities.

Susan was a professional editor and researcher, and she was co-publisher of a far-reaching political blog with her husband Richard Falknor. She was a dedicated member of our community, who ran the authors segment of the fair for many years and later represented the Snickersville Academy on the Fair committee. Susan was also president of the Friends of Bluemont, helped lead the restoration of the Snickersville Academy, and devoted many hours of her life to preserving the history of our village in both artifacts and stories.

The symbol on the sleeve of this year’s fair shirts represents our respect and love for Susan and Michael. The cabin represents Susan and her efforts to save the Snickersville Academy, and the stars above represent Michael and his passion for the skies. We will miss them both very much.

Please go visit the lovely Snickersville Academy log cabin, the first school in Bluemont, by either walking up the turnpike or catching the wagon ride into Boulder Crest Retreat. Historical markers and period furnishings help reflect the cabin as it would have appeared 100 years ago.