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It's Fair Time Starting Aug. 6

Trout Lake News for July 22

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Trout Lake Newswriters

Sandi Thygesen, 395-2318

sandiray@gorge.net

Terry Scott, 395-2760

dtscott@gorge.net

Pat Arnold, 395-2233

greenpastures@gorge.net

Bonnie Reynolds, 395-2527

bonnier@gorge.net

It's fair time again in Trout Lake. On Friday evening, Aug. 6, the 39th Annual Trout Lake Fair will begin with a community potluck at Elk Meadows RV Park. Hot dogs and hamburgers will be served from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. The sing-a-long is at 7 p.m. and is followed by a talent show and some Blue Grass music.

Saturday begins with a fireman's breakfast, 6:30 to 10:00 a.m. After a quick feed the runners can register for either the 5K or 10K runs at the old school (now Jonah Ministries) for the races that begin at 8 a.m. A one-mile fun run is also available. Parade registration begins at the north end of Guler County Park at 10 a.m. The parade starts at 11 a.m. Trout Lake time and will proceed from the county park to the old school where the afternoon activities will continue. Featured at this year's parade and fair will be Marjorie & Bill Mitchell, honored guests, and fair theme Smokey Bear who is celebrating his 60th birthday.

The Saturday afternoon fair activities will be at Jonah Ministries (the old school where the fair started 38 years ago). After the parade bring your appetite; there will be chili, corn, elephant ears, bratwurst, ice cream, pie, snow cones and all sorts of drinks. At fair time, proper diet is ignored. In between stops at the food booth one can compete in the children or family games, the horseshoe tournament, or the pet show. Children will want to stop at the face painting table (it's free), and the goat milking demonstration. Viewing the craft and garden displays in the gymnasium is always fun. While all this is going on raffle tickets will be sold for an outstanding handmade quilt made and donated by Marjorie and the Trout Lake Quilters and the Community Foundation (benefits local scholarships). Promptly at 3 p.m. there will an auction of baked goods entered in this year's fair. Everyone will have the opportunity to share in these epicurean delights.

Kids, remember the art show and Smokey the Bear Poster Contest. Kids from 4 to 15 may enter a favorite piece of art in the art show. There will be "People's Choice" and "Luck of the Draw" awards. Art materials for the lucky winners are donated by The Trout Lake Arts Council.

This Year, a special event to celebrate Smokey the Bear's 60th Birthday, there is a poster contest! Winners from various age groups will have their posters entered in regional competitions, and just possibly could go on to become poster designs for Smokey's National Fire Prevention Campaigns !

Any kids who want to are invited to join Adam and Angela Peck and Bonnie Reynolds at the Presbyterian Church Annex from 9 to 11 on Tuesday, Aug. 3, to work on art projects. Call Pecks at 395-9358, or Bonnie at 395-2527 if you have questions.

A new feature this year will be a 7 to 11 p.m. family Barn Dance at the Trailhead B&B at the end of Jennings Road. Live music by The Barn Band will be featured. Under 17 are free with their family; otherwise its $5 per person. Refreshments will be available.

The Trout Lake Fair, fittingly, ends with an 11 am. Community Church Service at Jonah Ministries, followed by an Old-Timers Picnic/Dessert Box Social at 2 p.m. at the Trailhead B&B.

The Trout Lake Fair Program and posters around the area have additional information or you can call 395-2318 or 395-2209. Come join in the fun.

Trout Lake is one exciting event after another. Many of us are still basking in pleasant thoughts about this year's Art Festival. A little less well attended than last year's, it was none the less a great success. There were many really good artists, some returning and some new. The music was wonderful. It was exciting to hear local pianists play the Steinway in the barn at the Farm. Adam Paxson played a solo and an improvisational duet with Michael Allen Harrison at Saturday night's concert! "The Presbyterians" a trio from Mt. Adams Presbyterian Church (John Hassenjager, John Schultz and Alan Clausen) were great fun. The Robertson Family, Linda, Adi and Jessie, played American and Irish traditional music on strings and flute.

As of today, Trout Lake has two candidates running for election this year. Tom Reynolds will again be running for Superior Court Judge. Pat Arnold will be running for her first term as County Commissioner. It would be wonderful to have a representative from the hinterlands on a seat in county government. Wishing them both well, take advantage of opportunities to learn about their ideas and about their particular positions.

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