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Fair A Huge Success Thanks To Volunteers

Trout Lake News for Aug. 8

By the

Trout Lake Newswriters

Sandi Thygesen, 395-2318

sandiray@gorge.net

Terry Scott, 395-2760

dtscott@gorge.net

The Trout Lake Fair was a huge success due to the coordinating efforts of co-chairpersons Bill Mitchell and Karen Smith. There is a lot of talent in our community. We were fortunate to have a diversity of talented people from our surrounding communities as well. We thank you all for your generous efforts. Here are some of the results. The rest will follow next week.

Sandy Tucker, coordinator of all of the needlework -- the quilting, knitting and sewing -- events agrees any item handmade is special. Many people worked hard to make this event delightful from costumed dolls to colorful quilts. Patty Schmid-Gray earned the `People's Choice Award' and first place with her wedding ring quilt. Gail Pimley, from Lyle, won a first place with her boutique items, three uniquely costumed dolls. Cindy Judah from Hood River won first place with her beaded crosstitch entry. Gayle Tupper won first place in the knitting and crocheting with her beautiful knitted sweater. T.L.C. in Hood River was helpful with promoting this event and donating two gift certificates. She will be involved next year. Quilter's Landing of North Bonneville also donated a prize.

So many generous folks donated prizes, food, gifts, and hours of their time to make this fair an exciting event. John and Jan Nelson generously donated food for the BBQ booth. Marcie Nordwall of Serenity's donated her fabulous baked beans. (I wish I knew all the good people who made donations to the fair -- there were many, many more.)

The Trout Lake Fair Board thanks those members, Dennis McMahon and Dusty Knowles, who designed and built the four booths as a gift to the community. Individuals and organizations will now have them to use for their events. Dusty worked with his employer, SDS Lumber, to secure very favorable prices for the materials. These two stalwarts then worked long and hard, after finishing their daily work schedules; finding time on weekends and evenings to finish this worthwhile project. To reserve one or more of these booths, (except of course during the Trout Lake Fair) call Dennis McMahon, 395-2617.

The colorful quilt, a labor of love, by Marjorie Mitchell called appropriately -- A Celebration of Color -- was raffled. Many eager participants hoped to win it. Martha Lesch won the quilt. She must have bought a lot of tickets. Proceeds from the quilt, firewood and gravel raffles, and auction sales go to help pay the Trout Lake Fair expenses.

The truckload of gravel was won by Addi Robertson, and Andy Langdon of White Salmon won the firewood.

Pat Arnold, just back in town two weeks, organized the Vegetable Grow Off. Pat will be writing again come September. We have all missed her input. Carlie Tipton organized the flower show. Terry Scott delighted everyone with her peppy Pet Show. Terry will fill you in next week with all I have missed. Everyone did their best to offer the public a complete fair. We had lively band music, a parade, a potluck, a tasty Fireman's Breakfast plus a Sunday Service at Jonah Ministries. Nicole Mabrey coordinated the children and adult games. Everyone had a great time with the watermelon eating, cow milking, tug of war, water balloon and egg tossing events.

Camden and Bruce McMahon did a great job of organizing the parade. All participants received a ribbon, a friendly touch. We all enjoyed the wide variety of entries in this year's parade. On Fair Day we got a chance to see `Starwars,' `Smokey Bear,' `Little Bo Peep,' and `Noah's Ark' all on parade. Leading off the parade down the main street of town, were Honored Guests Eula and Joe Smith in their classic white Thunderbird. It was a tough competition for the Grand Prize award which was given to Wendy Schmid and her horse drawn carriage team members outfitted in period costume to match their antique carriage. Close runner-up for the grand prize was the Mt. Adams Snowmobile Club. They created a snowy winter mountain scene, winning the best float parade. Thank you to all the parade participants who obviously put a lot of effort into making the parade a fun event.

A fantastic community fair was again rescued by our generous friends in our community and surrounding communities. We thank you all! Sandi Thygesen Newswriter

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