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September 8, 2010 • Chelan County Fair


Index Fair board welcomes everyone to the Fair . . . . . . 2 Chelan County Fair Entertainment Schedule . . 3 Chelan County Fairgrounds Map . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Cashmere students taking their pigs to market . . 5 Sanchez, McNair are your Fair Ambassadors . . 6 Chelan County Fair offers a variety of entertainment options . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Food for everyone . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Mucking out stalls might be a fair trade for missing school . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Friendship leads duo to NCW Fair . . . . . . . . . . 11

The Chelan County Fair Board welcomes all to the 2010 Fair The Chelan County Fair Directors would like to invite one and all to the best fair ever! This year’s fair theme is “Makin’ Tracks to the Fair”. Fairgoers will notice a step-up in professional events, buildings, and a new user friendly fair grounds. The fair board directors focused all energy on education/innovation and professional entertainment. New professional events include, but certainly not limited to, motivational speaker and three time Super Bowl champion, Clayton Holmes of the Dallas Cowboys. He will speak on success/failure/choices centered around sports and personal stories. We have a live interactive Raptor Exhibit, put on by Sardis Raptors, with two shows daily. Lastly, for you wine lovers. A partnership with the Chelan County Port District brings to the fair a new Innovations in Agriculture Building.  Encompassed in the building will be 12 local wineries, a wine garden, and Innovation in Agriculture

Educational Exhibits. These are just to name but a few, of the many returning, and new “happenings” at your Chelan County Fair. This years

fair opens Thursday, Sept. 9 and runs thru Sunday, Sept. 12. Skip Stover, Chelan County Fair Treasurer

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Chelan County Fair Entertainment Schedule Thursday, Sept. 9 Seniors FREE 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. 9 a.m. FFA Livestock Type Judging 9 a.m. Pony Rides – All Day 9 a.m. Sardis Raptor – All Day 10 a.m. Swine and Sheep Judging 10 a.m. 4-H Fitting and Showing 11 a.m. Mad Science – All Day 11 a.m. Cooks Racing Pigs 12 p.m. Jim Schoenfelder, Singer 1 p.m. Goat & Beef Judging 1 p.m. Senior Day Tea 2 p.m. Davis Show Carnival Opens 2 p.m. Cooks Racing Pigs 2 p.m. Dunk Tank – All Afternoon 3 p.m. Christ Center Gospel 3 p.m. 4-H Poultry Fitting & Showing 4 p.m. Cooks Racing Pigs 5 p.m. 4-H Rabbit Fitting & Showing 5-9 p.m. Wine Tasting 6 p.m. Cooks Racing Pigs 7 p.m. 4-H Style Show 7:30 p.m. Square Dancing Demonstrations 9 p.m. Barns & Exhibits Close 11 p.m. Davis Show Carnival Closes

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Friday, Sept. 10 Kids Day at the Chelan County Fair - Sponsored by Crunch Pak 8:30 a.m. 4-H Cavy Fitting & Showing Pavilion 9 a.m. Pony Rides – All Day Pavilion 9 a.m. Sardis Raptor – All Day Main Campus 9 a.m. Barns & Exhibits Open 9 a.m. 4-H Horse Classes Small Arena 9 a.m. Fire Department – brush rig 9 a.m. 4-H/FFA Livestock Fitting and Showing Pavilion 10 a.m. Light Spectrum Show – Rocky Reach Entertainment Center (every 45 Dam minutes) 10 a.m. Jeff Evans, Magician 10 a.m. Marcus – Comedy & Tricks imPact 1 Main Stage 10 a.m. Mad Science – All day Gazebo 10 a.m. Geo Ulin – Large Horse Wagon rides Arena 10 a.m. Swine Fitting & Showing Pavilion 10 a.m. Sheep Fitting & Showing Pavilion 11 a.m. Jon Clark, Balloon Art 11 a.m. Cooks Racing Pigs Pavilion parking area 11 a.m. Wenatchee School of Karate Next to Gazebo 11 a.m. School of Karate 12 p.m. Brothers from Different Mothers imPact 1 Main Stage 1 p.m. Marcus – Comedy & Tricks imPact 1 Main Stage 1 p.m. Jon Clark, Balloon Art 1 p.m. Beef & Goat Fitting & Showing Pavilion & Beef Barn 1 p.m. Cooks Racing Pigs Pavilion parking area 1 p.m. Jeff Evans, Magician 2 p.m. Davis Shows Carnival Opens 2 p.m. Jon Clark, Balloon Art 2 p.m. Dunk Tank – All Afternoon 3 p.m. 4-H Fur & Feather’s Round Robin Pavilion 3 p.m. Brothers from Different Mothers imPact 1 Main Stage 3 p.m. Round Robin Pavilion 4 p.m. Marcus – Comedy & Tricks Entertainment Center 4 p.m. Christ Center Gospel imPact 1 Main Stage 5 p.m. Jon Clark, Balloon Art 5 p.m. Cooks Racing Pigs Pavilion parking area 5 p.m. Marcus – Comedy & Tricks imPact 1 Main Stage 5-9 p.m. Wine Tasting Innovations in Agriculture Bldg. 6 p.m. Barry Nellums, Singer imPact 1 Main Stage 7 p.m. Brothers from Different Mothers imPact 1 Main Stage 7 p.m. Cooks Racing Pigs Pavilion parking area

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Jeff Evans, Magician Friday Night at the Movies Barns & Exhibits Close Davis Show Carnival Closes

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Saturday, Sept. 11 Family Day at the Chelan County Fair 8 a.m. Livestock Judging Contests 9 a.m. Rodeo Slack 9 a.m. Barns & Exhibits Open 9 a.m. Fur & Feather Auction 9 a.m. Jon Clark, Balloon Art 9 a.m. Pony Rides – All Day 9 a.m. Sardis Raptor 10 a.m. Livestock Auction 10 a.m. Marcus – Comedy & Tricks 10 a.m. Livestock Auction 11 a.m. Jon Clark, Balloon Art 11 a.m. Davis Show Carnival Opens 11 a.m. Mad Science – All day 11 a.m. Jeff Evans, Magician 12 p.m. Brothers from Different Mothers 12 p.m. Horseshoe Pitching Tournament 12 p.m. Cooks Racing Pigs 1 p.m. Marcus – Comedy & Tricks 1 p.m. Christ Center Gospel 1 p.m. 4-H Horse Costume Class 1 p.m. Jeff Evans, Magician 2 p.m. Jon Clark, Balloon Art 2 p.m. Cooks Racing Pigs 2 p.m. Dunk Tank – All Afternoon 3 p.m. Brothers from Different Mothers 4 p.m. Cooks Racing Pigs 5 p.m. Brothers from Different Mothers 5 p.m. Dummy Roping 5-9 p.m. Wine Tasting 6 p.m. Poor Folks, Live Well 6 p.m. Marcus – Comedy & Tricks 7 p.m. Jon Clark, Balloon Art 7 p.m. NPRA Rodeo 8 p.m. Fill the Silence Rock Band 10 p.m. Barns & Exhibits Close 12 p.m. Davis Show Carnival Closes

Sunday, Sept. 12th 7 a.m. 9 a.m. 9 a.m. 9 a.m. 9 a.m. 10 a.m. 10 a.m. 10 a.m. 11 a.m. 11 a.m. 12 p.m. 12 p.m. 12 p.m. 1 p.m. 1 p.m. 1 p.m. 1 p.m. 2 p.m. 2 p.m. 2 p.m. 2 p.m. 4 p.m. 4 p.m. 4 p.m. 5 p.m. 8 p.m.

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Cowboy Church Entertainment Center Pony Rides – All Day Pavilion Sardis Raptor – All Day Main Campus Christ Center Gospel imPact 1 Main Stage Barns & Exhibits Open Brothers from Different Mothers Food Court Jon Clark, Balloon Art Entertainment Center Jeff Evans, Magician Clayton Holmes imPact 1 Main Stage Davis Show Carnival Opens Jon Clark, Balloon Art Entertainment Center Cooks Racing Pigs Pavilion Jeff Evans, Magician Brothers from Different Mothers imPact 1 Main Stage Marcus – Comedy & Tricks Entertainment Center Dummy Roping Arena Dunk Tank – All Day Jon Clark, Balloon Art Entertainment Center Rodeo Arena Cooks Racing Pigs Pavilion Jeff Evans, Magician Brothers from Different Mothers imPact 1 Main Stage Cooks Racing Pigs Pavilion Ticket Office Closes Fair Officially Closes Davis Show Carnival Closes the 2010 Fair


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Chelan County Fairgrounds 1. Storage Building 2. Main Auditorium 3. Restrooms 4. Food Booths 5. Bleachers 6. Bleachers 7. Vendor Booths 8. Dining Room 9. 4-H 10. Gazebo 11. Main Gate 12. Fair Office 13. Entertainment Center 14. Boswell Building 15. Wilken Building 16. Clements Building 17. Creative Arts Building 18. Restrooms/Showers 19. Food 20. Food 21. FFA Still Life 22. Centennial Pavilion 23. Small Animal Barn 24. Restrooms/Showers 25. Restrooms

Senior citizen day Thursday

Seniors (62+): $2. Those assisting wheelchairs and others with reduced mobility: $2.(Must enter the gate with the senior they are helping).

School day Friday

Groups of five kids and one adult admitted free between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. All must be together and enter the fair as a group. Additional adults accompanying a group pay the adult ticket price.

Uniformed military, police and firefighters

Military and police wearing a complete uniform are admitted to the fair at no charge. Firefighters must be wearing a Fire/Rescue/EMS shirt and present their helmet passport with photo ID at the gate.


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Cashmere students taking their pigs to market FFA advisor says participation in club, fair remains strong

The Cashmere Area Youth Support Fund helps buy animals at the auction, to make sure every animal put on the block is purchased. “The kids usually get a pretty good dollar amount,” Williams said. That has helped keep students interested in the program. “Even last year, when everyone

By Nevonne McDaniels Staff writer

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Sarah Cunning shows off the lamb she is entering in the Chelan County Fair this week. The lamb won Grand Champion at the fair in Waterville. Cunning, a junior at Cashmere High School, is the FFA chapter’s secretary. The club will have a good showing at this year’s fair, with 26 students showing 29 animals.

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The Future Farmers of America is alive and well in Cashmere. Club advisor Kristine Williams, who is also one of the agriculture teachers at the high school, said she counts 26 students who are showing a total of 29 animals at the Chelan County Fair this year. “Most are hogs,” she said. “We’ve got 17 hogs, eight lambs and four goats.” The students buy the lambs in the spring and take care of them all summer. “We go around occasionally and check on them, weigh them,” she said. And students will call and ask questions if they have a concern. She said the club itself has about 100 paid members, though not everyone gets involved in the fair. The club members compete in a variety of competitions throughout the year, including an apple judging contest, some public speaking events and the plant sale. Many of the students were in 4H before they got to high school, she said. Typically, the fall is focused on the fair, then comes the apple judging contest, a variety of welding contests, then the leadership part of the program with public speaking competitions and then the greenhouse and the state FFA convention. She said Cashmere School District’s FFA program and participation in the Chelan County Fair has remained strong in part because of support from the community.

was going through budget cuts, we were happy to see that the animals did sell and for a good price. Community members, orchardists, people who understand the benefits of the program, have all been involved. They are helping the kids succeed.” Nevonne McDaniels can be reached at 548-5286 or editor@

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Sanchez and McNair are your 2010 Chelan County Fair Ambassadors By Nevonne McDaniels Staff writer Karissa Sanchez and Tyler McNair have spent several months making the rounds to talk up the Chelan County Fair as the 2010 Chelan County Fair Ambassadors. The two Cashmere High School students, now seniors, were chosen from a field of applicants who were judged on a written essay on the subject of “The Importance of the County Fair in America Today,” along with their fair, community and school involvement. Each will receive a $1,500 scholarship. Sanchez, the daughter of Laura and Clete Hamilton, said she first got involved in the fair by entering vegetables and canned foods through the open class, rather than through a 4H program. “We have always had a garden and mom always says canning is a lost art,” she said. “Not many people do it anymore.” When she got to high school, she joined FFA and entered her

“and I helped my grandma bake cookies and stuff like that. It was pretty cool because you got a free pass into the fair. I really liked the carnival part. I thought that’s what the fair was all about.” When he got to high school, though, he met the 2008 Ambassador Dave Dronen and learned about Future Farmers of America and got excited about the leadership part of the program as well as learning more about livestock. He entered pigs in the fair for a couple years, which has been educational, but his role as amPhoto by Steve Godfrey bassador has been even more of Tyler McNair and Karrisa Sanchez, both Cashmere High School a learning experience. “I’ve learned a lot about public seniors, are the 2010 Chelan County Fair Ambassadors, given the task for promoting the fair at various public events throughout speaking, how to entertain a the year. The two were chosen based on a written essay and on crowd, not just of my peers, but their fair, community and school involvement. The two will each of older people.” He said the audience at most receive a $1,500 scholarship. of the speaking engagements is first sheep in the fair. “A lot of people think the fair between 40 and 78. “It was a good experience,” or FFA is dorky, but it’s not. We “I have found ways to communishe said. wouldn’t be where we are without cate and connect with people of all As an ambassador, she said, agriculture right now,” she said. ages. It’s a respect thing.” she has enjoyed encouraging McNair, the son of Sean and Nevonne McDaniels can be other people to get involved with Kerrie McNair, said his first fair reached at 548-5286 or reporter@ the fair. entries were Lego structures,

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Musicians, magicians and mania make great fair entertainment By Nevonne McDaniels Staff writer The entertainment lineup at the 2010 Chelan County Fair has something for everyone, from rock-and-roll, Indy alternative and country music to racing pigs and magicians.

A little bit country Local country music singer Barry Nellums takes the main stage at 6 p.m. Friday. It will be his fifth appearance at the Chelan County Fair. Nellums, who lives in Wenatchee, was born in San Antonio, Texas, and spent most of his formative years in Florida. Now 31, he said he has been in Wenatchee since 1993. He said he knows how to play the guitar, but doesn’t like to be propped up behind a microphone when he performs. “I primarily sing for my shows. I’m really more of an entertainer,”

he said. And though his appearance at the fair is a solo act, he is a member of a band, Standing Room Only, which has been making the music circuit recently including a show at the Wenatchee Eagles. “It’s a nice band to play with. Everyone sings. We do new country, old country and some classic rock-and-roll,” he said. For the fair, though, he sticks with the solo act of cover songs. At some point that might change, he said. “I have written a couple songs, but I haven’t pulled them together for a performance. Eventually I would love to do that,” he said. Initially, he said, he was scheduled to appear Saturday evening as well, but a miscommunication resulted in a scheduling conflict. “I’m playing in Okanogan on Saturday, so I couldn’t be here,” he said.

A little bit rock-and-roll But no worries. Saturday night’s

music lineup features two local bands, Poor Folks, Live Well at 6 p.m. and Fill the Silence at 8 p.m. Poor Folks, Live Well, an Indy alternative band that has been performing together for the past year in its current configuration, is making its Chelan County Fair debut at 6 p.m. Saturday on the main stage. The three band members are all Cashmere High School graduates. Carsin Boyle plays drums. Brian Bailey is the lead singer and guitarist and Shawn Sanders is the bass player. Boyle, who graduated in 2009 and is the youngest of the three by several years, said it will actually be his second performance at the fair. He and some buddies had a rock-and-roll band that played a gig when they were freshmen. “We were naive little kids,” he said. “We thought we were cool. It was pretty pitiful. There wasn’t much of a turnout, so we were just playing for our friends.”

It’s likely to be a little different this time around. Poor Folks, Live Well recently produced its first album, “Our Sore Nerves” and is a finalist in the Battle of the Bands competition in Wenatchee that started in August and concludes the week following the fair, so in a sense, the fair will be a warm up for that show. Boyle said the band welcomes any opportunity to play. “We’re trying to get our name out there,” he said. The band’s full-length album, which was released about a month ago, has kept the band members busy for the past year. And it will be available for sale at the fair. “It’s all original music,” Boyle said. “Brian, our singer and guitarist, is really the brains of the operation” when it comes to writing the music, though everyone plays a role in the arrangements. The gig for the fair came about after a scheduling conflict pre-

vented Barry Nellums from playing on Saturday evening. “We got a text message from the manager of another band who we’ve played with a million times before that said the fair was looking for another band,” Boyle said. “We said we’d play and got the details later.” Boyle said he has enjoyed the music business so far. “It’s unpredictable. That could be a good thing or a bad thing, but I enjoy it. We’re taking it one step at a time. We all have wild and crazy dreams, but we try not to look too far into the future,” he said. The Wenatchee band that takes the stage at 8 p.m. Saturday has taken a few more of those steps. Fill the Silence has played nearly 150 shows already this year, for audiences ranging from 75 to 4,000, including tours with Bang Tango and Fight the Quiet. See ENTERTAINMENT on Page 9


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The “post-grunge/stadium” style rock band includes lead singer Nate Brown, lead guitarist Colton Swezey, rhythm guitarist David Swanberg, bassist Curtis Carver and drummer Tyrel Swezey. Their songs include “Dirty Girl,” “No Tomorrow” and “Always There.” Their first single, “Always There” has received radio airplay. The band expects to release a full album later this year.

And lots of magic and fun Music is only part of the fun at this year’s fair, though. Jeff Evans, a magician based in Olympia, is appearing at the fair for the fifth time. “I always love visiting the area,” he said, including making time to visit with a good friend, Mel Babcock, owner of Babcock’s House of Magic in Cashmere. Babcock is known for his collector-quality wood props. Evans got his start in magic by studying a book of coin tricks and eventually turned his art into a career, combining magic and entertainment with motivational speaking. When he is not performing at festival and county fairs, he visits schools, entertains for private parties and corporate events

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and even has an instructional DVD teaching children the art of magic. Visitors to the Chelan County Fair this year will get to experience his strolling magic. “This is the ‘street style’ magic popularized by David Blaine and Criss Angel,” Evans said. “Everything happens real-world, inches away from people, and totally surrounded. No magic props; these are close-up miracles with everyday items like coins, playing cards, and rubber bands. Everything can be examined as they aren’t specially prepared. Even teens who tend to be skeptical of magic move in close to experience this!’” Evans will perform several times each day of the fair. Also in the fair lineup are the comedy juggling show, Brothers from Different Mothers, who have been here before, along with Marcus - Comedy and Tricks, Mad Science and balloon art by Jon Clark. And don’t forget the carnival, the racing pigs, the dunk tank and the rodeo. For the rundown of fair activities and entertainment, see the schedule on page 3. Nevonne McDaniels can be reached at 548-5286 or reporter@

Fair food is mighty fine By Sebastian Moraga Staff writer

An old song once said if you’re going to San Francisco, you better make sure you wear flowers in your hair. Well, if you change the destination to “the Chelan County Fair,” you better make sure you change the end of the sentence to “make sure you do it hungry.” The eats and treats of the fair turned out to be the big attraction among those polled on whether they planned to visit the fair. Here’s a taste of what people had to say when asked “are you going to the Chelan County Fair?.” Cashmere City Planner Mark Botello: “Every day. I’m going to eat lots of food and hot dogs and play in all the rides. Have some breakfast with the Kiwanis and my friend Bruce Graham and go on the rides with my son. And then we’re going to go to the home opener for the Wenatchee Wild.” Bruce Graham, planning commissioner: “Of course! I’m going to work the Chelan County Fair. Come by the Wacoka (Kiwanis) booth and we’ll fix you up with some breakfast, although I don’t know if you’re a morning person.” Tracy Franklin, school board: “I like to go. My favorite part is the FFA, because I like to see what the high school kids are doing. I go for the kids, I don’t ride the rides. I try to stay away from the cotton candy that I love and the funnel cakes. I love the funnel cakes. It’s a fun community event.” Keith Goehner, Chelan County board of commissioners: “I’m Submitted photo the commissioner, I’d better

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Mucking out stalls might be a fair trade for missing school By Nevonne McDaniels Staff writer Mucking out stalls might not be fun, but when it’s part of the package that comes with missing a couple days of school to attend the Chelan County Fair, it’s worth it ... or is it? That was the debate between Ian Cummings, 13, and Khayman Hamilton, 14, members of the Hay Ewe 4H Club, as they showed off the sheep they are entering in this year’s Chelan County Fair. At the time, the sheep were sharing a pasture at the Cummings’ North

Road farm. Ian’s sister, Mara Cummings, 15, who has entered a 5-year-old quarterhorse named Buzz in the fair this year, didn’t specifically weigh in on the stall-mucking issue, but indicated making up the school work can be difficult — especially now that she is in high school. Still, she said, she has learned a lot by participating in the fair for the past four years. She raised lambs for the first two years. Last year, she entered both the sheep and horse classes, which was too much, she said, because she had to split her time between the competitions in each

class, which meant changing outfits for each and, of course, the decorating and the clean up. This year, she is concentrating on horses and showing Buzz for the first time. She had a different horse last year, so she and Buzz have both learned a lot about each other, but each still has plenty to learn. Despite being relatively untested, Mara Cummings said she wouldn’t mind making it to the round robin competition, where the top scorers in each of the fitting and showing classes for horses, steers, swine, goats and sheep take turns showing the top animal in a different class.

“They take the scores and put them together. They win a belt buckle if they win. I’ve always wanted the belt buckle,” she said. She isn’t sure of her chances at earning that prize, but she acknowledges that participating in 4H and in the fair have yielded good lessons, especially the importance of staying organized, taking notes, meeting deadlines and setting priorities. “I could still be more organized,” she said, “but this has taught me a lot.” For Ian Cummings and Hamilton, the organizational lessons are still kicking in.

A week before the fair, the two Leavenworth teens realized neither of their sheep had a name, though they have been working with the animals since spring. “I’ve just been calling him Sheep,” Ian Cummings said. After a short discussion, the oversight was quickly corrected. Hamilton named his sheep Ian, while Ian Cummings returned the favor and named his sheep Khayman. With the crisis averted, the discussion returned to the stallmucking debate. Nevonne McDaniels can be reached at 548-5286 or reporter@

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Buzz, a 5-year-old quarterhorse, and his 15-year-old owner Mara Cummings, a member of the Ponderosa 4H Club, spend time together preparing for the Chelan County Fair. Cummings said ideally she should ride Buzz three times a week, but she admits soccer practice and some summer sports camps have not always allowed her to meet that goal.

Hay Ewe 4H Club members Ian Cummings, 13, and Khayman Hamilton, 14, put their sheep through the paces in preparation for this week’s Chelan County Fair. This is the fourth trip to the fair for Cummings and the third for Hamilton. During the photo session, the teens realized they had never given their sheep names. A quick discussion resolved the issue.




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Friendship leads duo to NCW Fair By Les Bowen Staff Writer Jane Horlebein never raised steers before. She’s showing two at the NCW District Fair in Waterville and one at the Chelan County Fair in Cashmere. But not showing steers isn’t the half of it. Horlebein is a senior at Chelan High School. Most FFA members start with smaller animals – pigs, goats and lambs – before taking on the bovine challenge. But not Horlebein. She’s had a pet guinea pig and a couple dogs, but this is the first livestock she’s raised. “I’ve never done anything like this,” she said. Horlebein’s family moved form California to Chelan eight years ago. Almost instantly, she and Sam-

mi Jo Cool were best friends. So in high school, Horlebein joined the FFA, where she’s been active in the Chelan chapter. “I decided to do a lot more this year,” she said. She’s serving as this year’s FFA chapter secretary on top of working as a cook at Sorento’s this summer. “I talked my parents into letting me get some steers,” she said. Her parents not only agreed, but now some of her younger siblings are raising pigs. But Horlebein isn’t raising her steers alone. After eight years of friendship, she and Cool can be found side-by-side at the pen in Howard Flats where they are preparing their collective four steers (Cool is raising two of her own for Waterville, one of which will show at Cashmere).

Unlike her friend, Cool is no stranger to raising livestock. She started showing animals as a 9-year-old. Over the years, she’s raised goats, pigs and sheep. And she’s never come back from a fair with anything less that a blue ribbon in market. In the last few years, Cool has brought home supreme market ribbons for her beef and goats. She picked up a buckle for best overall showmanship at an FFA level and won the round robin in Waterville last year. So last November, Cool and Horlebein each picked up two young steers. “They were really small,” Horlebein said – they weighed in at 700 pounds a piece. Cool’s uncle let the four steers winter at his place and in April,

the two girls brought them out to Howard Flats where they are preparing for the fairs. Cool’s two are named Weenie and Alejandro. Horlebein named hers Tiny Tim and Fat Albert. The last two names fit. Fat Albert weighs 1,300 pounds and Tiny Tim is the lightest of the other three, all weighing in around 1,200 pounds. A few times a week, Cool and Horlebein are busy at Howard Flats working with the steers. Horlebein said the hardest part was getting the harnesses on the steers. “After that is got easier,” she said. In early August, the steers’ hooves were trimmed. By the time fair rolls around, all four animals’ fur will be trimmed and they’ll be wearing their show harnesses. Cool said all four are “ideal for a fair” as far as market quality. She pointed to the flat, broad backs, heavy flanks and big shoulders that will impress judges. “All our steers are really well

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Sammi Jo Cool is an experienced hand at taking animals to the fair. She began showing animals when she was 9 years old and has always come home with a ribbon.

Jane Horlebein keep a steady grip on the lead rope for Tiny Tim, one of two steers she’s been raising for nine months. Horlebein, who has never raised livestock before this year, will take Tiny Tim and another steer, Fat Albert, to the NCW District Fair in Waterville.

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Chelan FFA members Billy Poppie and Derion Martin won Grand Champion and Reserve Champion FFA Meat Goats at the 2010 NCW District Fair in Waterville.

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Chelan FFA Member Michael LaHaye raised a lamb this year that won Reserve Grand Champion in Waterville. Submitted photo

Must-have toys and games of skill keep fairgoers busy during and after the fair. A few will even take home some prizes. The Davis Show Carnival rides remains a favorite — for the daredevils who want and adrenaline rush and those who prefer something more mellow.

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The animal exhibits at the Chelan County Fair are always a popular attraction. The fitting and showing events are scheduled for each class. See the schedule on page 3 for details.

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