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Trout Lake News for Aug. 13

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Trout Lake Newswriters

Pat Arnold, 395-2233

Maxine Bulick, 395-2101

Sarah Burr Arnold, 395-2669

Tami Hoodenpyl, 4-H swine leader, invites everyone to attend the Klickitat County Fair and Rodeo, Aug. 20-23 She especially would like to see local support at the Market Stock Sale on Saturday, Aug. 22. This is a great opportunity to show your support for the 4-H kids that have worked hard to raise a market animal and have made it to fair. The auction begins at 3 in the afternoon and when you bid, dinner is on us!

Tami says that Trout Lake has not had 4-H market projects at the County Fair for some years, but there was a time when whole families of children went and camped out for the whole fair weekend, showing and tending to their animals. This is a great time for businesses to show support for our kids who are generally raising funds for college. Our club is very strong this year with 14 members in swine, seven members in horse and nine members in sewing. Please join us at The Klickitat County Fair and Rodeo and see all the smiling faces 4-H has to offer.

For information about donating to the west end bidding group for the fair, call Ron Ladiges, 493-2278.

There was a big crowd at Saturday market this week. Probably because of the special Grange fundraiser performance by the belly dancers, thanks ladies. Or maybe it was the cooking by professional chef Nate Fee and his steelhead quiche and squash soup. Or maybe it was the quilts (and the one that is being raffled off as a Grange fundraiser). Or maybe it was Oma's yummy vegetables. Whatever it was, it was good to see. Check it out next weekend.

The Trout Lake Country Inn is re-opening Friday, Aug. 14 On Saturday, Aug. 15, there will be dancing with the classic rock and country music of Tego Burke, along with drinks and snack bar food, free popcorn and best of all, NO cover charge. There will be music every Saturday night -- guest musicians always welcome.

Guest commentary from Stephanie Irving. "Fabulous turn out for run. Great weather, record turnout (about 85), fabulous pies for the winners (and the oldest, youngest, and biggest family), and wonderful course in Trout Lake. Monte and Laura Pearson did an outstanding job in organizing the race."

Since I am writing this extra column, I'll report the flower and veggie outcomes, which made me really happy this year. Betty Schmid won Best of Show with a basket of wonderful lettuce and Betty and the Community Garden tied for grand prize, which is awarded for the most points. Jan Loomis won People's Choice, with some amazing onions. The Ballard children collectively won the Junior Grand Prize for vegetables. Rowena Sandford won Best of Show in flowers, and Sue Koester, the most faithful flower contestant ever, won the Grand Prize. John Opp won People's Choice with a dramatic red and yellow arrangement. Maggie Baker, following in her father's footsteps, won Junior Grand Prize. I want to take the time to thank long-time flower judge Carly Tipton and second-year veggie judge Candice Shuman, and Trout Lake Farm for providing the always-popular bucket of blueberries for tasting. Last but not least, a big thank you to Heidi Keller for the 2009 flower pots, People's Choice prizes. I'm told she was up until 4 a.m. painting, and the results were spectacular.

Pat Arnold, newswriter.


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