Taking care of cows at the fair starts long before the fair. You have to try to find the heifers that you feel have the best confirmation, body-wise. You start feeding them a little bit differently before the fair starts to make sure that they’re well-grown. You start washing them and clippi…

“They call me ‘Wild Bill.’ I’m the head of security for the fairgrounds. I’ve been working here approximately 15 years — pretty much making sure everybody behaves and nothing happens here, dealing with people. Not too often, but there are situations that can arise here that we nip in the bud…

“They call me ‘Wild Bill.’ I’m the head of security for the fairgrounds. I’ve been working here approximately 15 years — pretty much making sure everybody behaves and nothing happens here, dealing with people. Not too often, but there are situations that can arise here that we nip in the bud…

“I’m the grounds superintendent, so I’m trying to get everything that needs to be done for the grounds up and running and make sure everybody has what they need. My phone constantly rings, and I’m getting pulled in different directions by different people. It’ll be five years this year. I’m …

Victoria Covarrubias, of West Rutland, moved from Oxnard, California, to Rutland, bringing with her recipes for authentic Mexican food learned from her grandmother. Now she runs her own catering business, has a popular booth at the Rutland Farmers Market on Saturdays and Wednesdays, and sits…

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Chris Mendoza: “The circle’s important because it’s where we are. When you open your arms and you open your legs, and you just move around, you don’t go forwards and you don’t go backwards. You — basically — you just spin.”

Hussam Alhallak, second from left, and his wife, Hazar Mansour, second from right, pose with their children Mohammad, 9, Danyal, 14 months, and Laylan, 12, inside their Rutland home.

Eric Solsaa, right, shows the family the proposed plans for their Habitat for Humanity house for the first time last month in Rutland. Hussam Alhallak is at left with his family.

Jenna Elliott, 22, of Rutland, firefighter with Rutland City Fire Department, poses with Engine 1 at the station in Rutland on Friday morning.