Trout Lake Newswriters
Pat Arnold, 395-2233
Shirley Keran, 395-2559
Sandi Thygesen, 395-2318
Terry Scott, 395-2760
Apart from mentioning that Spencer Paxson is off soon to a national biking competition in Vermont and that Brittany Tilton is preparing to leave for a semester in England as an exchange student, this will be an all-fair column.
First, a big thank you to the people who make this all happen. And that's you. The interest and participation of so many people is what makes it all worthwhile for the fair board and volunteers. There would be no games without players, no food stands without customers, no raffles without people buying tickets, no breakfast without diners, and no exhibits without people bringing in their art, sewing, flowers, baked goods, and vegetables. Every year I hear stories from bakers about getting two hours of sleep in the 48 hours preceding the contest. Amazing dedication. So thank you to everyone who showed up, brought your prides and joys, and enjoyed the day.
Then, congratulations to the fair board, primary among whom are Bill and Marjorie Mitchell, for another great fair. Bill and Marjorie organize everyone, produce a beautiful program, and design signature dairy run T-shirts. They magically produce tables, cash boxes, chicken, banners, programs, ribbons, and a million other things that are needed. I think they never sit down between Friday morning and late Saturday night.
Jonah Ministries staff somehow manages to work the fair into space in-between camps. They keep us in order, move chairs and tables, clean bathrooms, pick up trash, and even manage to find time to talk and visit and in one case, run the 5K race Saturday morning. And they never complain.
Everyone who entered anything in any event was a winner, of course, but some got ribbons. In the well-organized contests there were many ribbons, too many to cover individually. So we'll run the highlights.
Caleb and Emily (children of Caroline and Steve Shields) were the grand prize winners in the parade, with an airplane theme.
Pet show: I don't have last names of the humans, but you will probably recognize them. Camille and Bear, the dog, won the look-alike prize. Bear is a chow. Bingo the Beagle (dressed as Robin Hood) and Sarah won the best-dressed prize. Chelsea and Princess (the horse) won the best trick, with Princess kneeling. And Ben (human) and Etta James (dog) won the best sport prize.
Flowers: Diane Paxson won the grand prize for adults, and John Opp took best of show for adults. Andrea Van Laar was junior grand prizewinner, with Mikael Dick-Schmid winning best of show. Isaiah Snyder won the People's Choice award.
Vegetables: Cheri Van Laar won the grand prize for adults, and Christine Bluestone won best of show, with her amazing cabbage. Anna Schmid won the grand prize in the junior division with a tame lambsquarter entry.
Sewing: Janice Creighton won grand prize with a flower basket quilt. This was a small category this year, but with beautiful entries. Perhaps it will grow for next year.
Children's artwork: Every entry received a certificate. The People's Choice award went to Michelle McMillan, for her creative representation of the theme of Family Fun in 2001. Michael Paxson and Matt Dearden were runners-up.
Baking: Debra Faast won the grand prize, with Terry Scott taking second place and Caroline Shields taking third. The winner of the chocolate cake contest was Cheryl Mack, who will be inviting us all to tea soon, right, Cheryl? The teen winner was Aaron Schmid and the junior winner was his mother's pride and joy, Morgan Smith.
You know the names of the event volunteers from the program. The newcomers deserve special thanks. Jeanne Knowles undertook the enormous task of the children's games. Carley Tipton resurrected the ever-popular and beautiful flower display. Camden McMahon took on two projects, children's art and sewing. The stand-by professionals deserve recognition as well. Jesse and Megan Pearson really make the race run. Stephanie Irving marshals the parade. Terry Scott shepherds the pet show and the Monte Pearson family herds the cows right down to the milking contest (and offered a running commentary on Mike Cook's milking, I hear). Karen Smith and Nancy Lucas cook up a beauty of a baking contest.
Some volunteers don't appear in the program. The ones making the greatest sacrifice are the judges for the baking contest, since they are only allowed microscopic tastes of the entries, and no seconds. But thanks as well to cheerful barbecue cooks Dusty Knowles, Anthony Faast, and Dennis McMahon. They were assisted by Bill Mitchell's grandson Ian Quigley, visiting from California. Ian was cheerful throughout and we sure hope he comes back next year. Don Warner hauls in the barbecue pit. Special thanks to Marcie Nordwall for her help, too, with the cooking. John and Martha Hylton generously make Elk Meadows available for the Friday night dinner.
It was especially nice this year to have the youth groups at the concession stands and face painting. We hope you made enough money (and friends) to come back next year. Thanks Morgan and Dorina Colburn and Jeff Agar. And, of course, where would we be without the Allaway elephant ear booth?
Now the news you read the whole column for: the raffle results. The load of firewood (donated by SDS) went to Yvonne Potter. Clover hay (donated by Vic Poland) went to Lucas King, whose mom Stephanie Irving will certainly use it. The load of gravel (donated by Terry Schmid) went to Jan Nelson, and the quilt, which is purchased by the fair board and raffled as a fundraiser, was won by Mrs. Schwab from Seattle.
Finally, I don't know how the perennially successful fire department breakfast made out, but the Community Foundation did well with the silent auction, having raised over $1000.