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Job well done by fair board

Trout Lake News for August 9

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Trout Lake Newswriters

Pat Arnold, 395-2233

Bonnie Reynolds, 395-2527

Maxine Bulick, 395-2101

There are lots of interesting things to write about, but having been immersed in the Fair, that is what is on my mind and in this column. First of all, a big thank you and well done to Ray Thygesen, Karen Smith and the Fair Board.

Terrific potluck, as usual. Lots of jokes about Trout Lake being a dessert community, (maybe desert down the road if the glaciers continue to recede), but there were plenty of good salads and side dishes too. And burnt hot dogs, which are my personal requirement. Can't have them any other way. Hardshell Harmony provided real good music, too.

An enthusiastic crowd at the race, and those great pies for prizes. Pearson family runs away with family with most runners, but I don't know if that includes the babies in the jogging baby carriages?

Long lines and good food at the fireman's breakfast. Back at Jonah, peppy music from the White Salmon jazz band getting the day off to an energetic start.

The new booth arrangement is an improvement, in my opinion. Nice to see the community resources' booth up front and with more room. Great free samples at the Trout Lake Farm booth, even though my catnip is prettier than theirs. Also great free samples at the Organic Valley booth, and thanks to both of those companies for participating.

Wonderful exhibits -- children's art, sewing, weaving, cooking, veggies, and the dog-eat-dog flower competition. The flowers were really wonderful this year -- Katie McKinney's wonderful roses really caught people's attention. Voting for People's Choice in the flowers was very tough, but the winner was Sue Tibbott's all violet and purple arrangement. Jan Loomis' leeks won the People's Choice for vegetables.

Congratulations to Margo Burchell, grand prize winner in the cooking contest. Seems like last year there was a special chocolate cake contest or something that we didn't have this year? Never mind, there were lots of good items available at the auction, one of which I am eating as I write this, Lindsey Scott's cream cheese chocolate candy. Delicious.

The photo competition is growing and really produced some wonderful pictures. They will have to start a special category for insect pictures, though, since they had so many entertaining ones. Across the way, live exhibits and pictures of noxious weeds, so you could really see what it is that you need to root out of your yard and property. Sarah Arnold puts this exhibit together and will happily answer questions you might have throughout the year.

Camden McMahon is a fair pro. She went home Saturday night and sent this report on the parade. "We enjoyed a lot of creative entries this year in the parade, which made for difficult judging. Two year old Landon Heberling (Greg and Bev Meyers grandson) riding his pony and wearing authentic Native American attire was awarded the Grand Prize ribbon. A few other highlights in other categories included Maggie and James Baker with their wild puppy Ginger, the Wells "farmhands" in their classic convertible Subaru, KJ's Cafe staff with their restaurant in a pickup, and a fine representation of our growing 4-H group."

And it was a good parade, although many are nostalgic for the marching lawnmowers of yesteryear, or at least a few years ago.

Trout Lake Community Foundation booth had an empty spot without a Kathy White creation, but the silent auction raised a pretty good sum anyway.

Thanks to the Paxons for bringing back the timber carnival for the second year now. Fred is an encouraging cross-cut coach, and lots of people tried it out and got a new appreciation for the skills involved. Good fun.

The fair has so much for families and children. It is seriously heart-warming to see the kids in the parade, on the zip-line, at the bounce house, in the exhibits, and just running around in a safe place having a good time with their friends and relatives. I even saw some face-paintings still in place this morning at the church service.

A big part of the fun for both kids and grown-ups is provided by Laura Pearson, announcer extraordinaire. Laura missed a great career as a carnival barker -- her enthusiasm, enjoyment, and energy are just contagious. All the people relaxing in the shade have a fine show to watch out on the field. And the llama with the saddle and the slightly puzzled expression was fun too.

I never make it to the barn dance at Pat and Mary Morris' on Saturday night, but I'm sure it's fun too and maybe someday I'll see for myself.

And so fair weekend 2007 ended once again with the community church service, serving to allow us to reflect how much we have to be grateful for, including the energy and ability to come together as a community at this event. The Fair by-laws describe the Fair as "a fun family festival for and by the Trout Lake Community which highlights the interests and talents of the Trout Lake Valley." No time like the present to start planning for next year. Send your suggestions and comments to the Fair Board at P.O. Box 315, Trout Lake. Pat Arnold, newswriter.


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