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Memorial To Be Held Saturday

Trout Lake News for August 17

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Trout Lake Newswriters

Pat Arnold, 395-2233

greenpastures@gorge.net

Bonnie Reynolds, 395-2527

bonnier@gorge.net

Laurie West, 395-9330

aussie@hopdownunder.com

A memorial for John Vandeburg will be held on Saturday, Aug. 19, at 2 p.m. at the Trout Lake School. There will be an opportunity during the service for people to share their memories of John. Refreshments will follow the service. A memorial fund has been established at Riverview Bank in John's name, with the funds to be used for his children's education. John graduated in the class of 1994 from Trout Lake School.

The Fair organizers, principally but not only Bill and Marjorie Mitchell, Glenda Branson, Betty Schmid, and Jesse Pearson want to thank all the volunteers and participants for the success of the fair. The reappearance of the fair booklet was a big plus this year, and Marjorie Mitchell produced a truly wonderful fair race T-shirt. Some other fair highlights:

The Friday night potluck at Elk Meadows was well attended, and seems like a keeper for next year. Look in next year's fair booklet for instructions for your potluck contribution.

The parade grand prize winners were Huckleberry Express tandem bicyclists Dennis and Camden McMahon. They live on Lava road and borrowed the child for the parade. Next year, God willing, they expect to have their own.

The pet contest went to the dogs this year, all 12 of them that entered, with nary a cat, bird, or snake to distract them. Terry Lee Scott says she had fun and will do it again next year.

Cheri Van Laar and helpers did a wonderful job with the games. Next year this job needs to be split among more people. Cheri is willing to train and has notes, instructions, and lists to share. If your children enjoyed the games this year, please call Cheri and talk with her. This is the centerpiece of the fair and what makes it a family event. Let's keep it going, and let's start now. It's too much to pick up a month before the fair.

Baking grand prize winner was Samantha Foyan, second place Caroline Shields, and third Terry Lee Scott. The baking contest was very competitive, with many good entries to choose from, but I'm not sure that the auction wasn't more competitive. Big bidders John Dean, Lanny Smith, Rick Jones, and Paul Garrett, and numerous other bidders, provided lots of fun for the audience and money for the Fair. Some entries went for as high as $85, and even the grand prize rhubarb from the vegetable table went for $15.

Jeanette (Holcomb) Cook won the milking contest hands down, beating out Linda Robertson, Angela Pearson, and Carissa Hazen in the adult division. Tony Leslie won in the boys division. Travis Pearson deserves special mention for holding on to the most cantankerous cow.

The music was terrific. Ernie Birney and his partner, Caleb Lambert, Jesse Pearson, and Bill Smith played in various combinations for many hours. Ernie improvised songs about singing at the Trout Lake fair and his partner kept the children well supplied with balloon animals and swords.

All the raffles had winners, to no one's surprise. The quilt, produced by the Trout Lake Quilters, was won by Sandy Lee of Port Orchards. The beautiful load of firewood donated by SD&S was won by Katy Russum of Trout Lake. The gravel, donated by Terry Schmid went to Judy Runesso, and the night at Serenity's was won by Paul Wetzstone, Portland.

There was a gratifying turnout for the vegetable table, despite minimal publicity. Carlton Allaway took first with rhubarb and Christine Bluestone second with an astonishing head of cabbage. Pat wants to thank everybody who entered. Next year we'll do it again, and have a special category for blueberries, which will be a pleasure to judge.

The race, ably organized by Jesse and Meagan Pearson, was won by local runner Dusty Lopez who set a course record. The oldest runner was Doug Dearden's dad, who also helped the Dearden family win the most runners in one family award.

The prize that Dusty won, a pie provided by Betty Schmid and her daughter Patty Gray, was the best pie I have ever eaten in my life. Betty's and Patty's pies can be purchased throughout August at the Saturday Market, and shouldn't be missed.

The Beeks family held their annual reunion at Elk Meadows last weekend. Attendees are the offspring (and their families) of Robert Beeks' father's generation, a family of eight (does Bev have the right number here?) brothers and sisters with roots in Trout Lake and the state of Washington. About 75 people attended, including one Colorado cousin who is an Elvis impersonator. The principal entertainment, other than eating and socializing, was karaoke singing -- did anyone make a video?

Congratulations and best wishes for a long and happy marriage to John Denslinger, who was married this weekend in Portland.

From Pat Arnold

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