About us

About Us

 

Our family owned store is your local community connection to high quality foods, friendly service and great prices.


Our friendly staff is here to help you find exactly what you're looking for and to offer assistance regarding all the products at County Fair.


Jeff and Annette Gamber are the Owners of the Store and a huge part of the Watertown Community. Having lived in Watertown since 1989, they are determined to always serving their customers with the utmost respect, and cleanliness of their business. In 1989 Jeff and Annette bought the Old Red Owl business and proceeded to making it County Fair Foods of Watertown. The supplier for the last 29 years has been Affiliated Foods, in Norfolk, NE. In 2016 the Coop of Affiliated Foods Midwest merged with AWG Foods. The new coop of AWG carries Best Choice, Always Save brands, for your savings as a consumer. AWG has over 3000 stores nationwide in the coop, "Saving you money is our number 1 priority" Gamber's say. Annette and Jeff are very active in the day-to-day operations of the store. Jeff assumes the position of store manager, and Annette has Administrative assistant, marketing and management. In 2005 the Gamber's bought the old Roy's Sport shop building and turned it into County Fair Banquet Hall. The banquet hall is used for weddings, anniversaries, dances and any event large or small. County Fair caters to all these events.


Annette and Jeff have 4 grown sons. Tyler Thuringer is presently the Grocery Manager of County Fair and has lots of time invested in County Fair. Tyler and his wife Jenny have two children, Olivia and Kamden Tyler Gamber i also employed at County Fair and works in the bakery department, and deli. Tyler is very active in the disability community and the hunting and fishing programs for people with disabilities and empowering people with disabilities to achieve their abilities. Chris Gamber and his wide Laycee are also employed at County Fair, Chris works as Assistant Meat Cutter, and Laycee is presently Assistant Deli/Bakery Manager. Chris and Laycee have one daughter Sophie Ann. The Gambers are proud that their family has taken such an interest in their family owned business. Tyler Thuringer and Chris Gamber are making plans to keep the business in the family upon retirement of Annette and Jeff someday in the future. Chad Gamber is active in the community as well as he is a K-9 Police Officer for the city of Watertown since 2012. Chad and his fiancé Michaella plan on making Watertown their home.


Jeff and Annette are very active in the Watertown community, serving on a variety of boards over the past 30 years, including the Chamber of Commerce, Watertown Urban Renewal Board, and United Way of Watertown. Jeff is currently serving on the board for Jenkins Living Healthcare Center. Jeff is a very active member of NWTF and Wheeling Sportsman, organizations that aid people with disabilities to enjoy sportsman events. Annette also has been on several boards in the community. She has service 8 years on State Boards for advocating for people with disabilities. Annette as appointed by SD Governor Daugaard, to the independent Living Council for individuals with disabilities and served for several years. Annette is a graduate of SD Partner in Policymaking, an advocating program that educates and empowers people with disabilities to become self-sufficient. These organizations are very important to the Gamber's. Annette also speaks to businesses and non-profit organizations on hiring individuals with disabilities and what a great experience it can be and what great employees they are.


"Being a part of Watertown Community is very important to our family, we take pride in belonging and being the only locally owned supermarket in the community," the Gamber's say. "Giving back to our community is an integral part of the stores success."


Jeff and Annette and their family thank all of our associates, past and present, for making County Fair the business it is today. Their hard work and dedication to our loyal customers is one of the reasons why County Fair is a success.


By shopping our store each week: WHY SHOP AT COUNTY FAIR?


1) You keep your dollars in your local economy.

2) You help create local jobs.

3) You nurture our local community.

4) You help the environment for buying locally.

5) You invest in a local ownership.

6) You create more choice in shopping.

7) You embrace what makes us different from our larger, national competitors.

8) You make our store a destination - and keep the business in your own community instead of online companies getting the profits.

9) Every week you will find hundreds of specials throughout the store, and by downloading our new app will allow you to save even more.

10) You give back to the organizations in the community, with donation dollars from County Fair for multiple organizations that we donate to.






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