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he first question that runs through the mind of every fairgoer once inside the gates is, “Where can I find a corn dog?” Is it not? Maybe that’s just us. But if you’re wondering, the corn dogs, as always, are in the Food Court, along with Elephant Ears, fresh homemade pie, snow-cones, nachos, pizza, freshly squeezed lemon-aide, mocha shakes, lattes and much, much more. Nearly 30 different vendors, each sporting a specialty all their own, will be on hand and ready, willing, and delighted, to satiate your appetite. The San Juan County Fair is like home away from home – only better, and not just because someone else does the cooking and takes care of all the cleanup. It’s better because the fair offers an opportunity for each of us to discover and admire the creativity, passion, hobbies and enterprise of our fellow islanders. It’s a time when we play together, compete against one another, cheer each other on, and celebrate the many achievements of our friends, neighbors and of islanders that we have yet to meet. The fair grounds us in a way like no other single occasion to this place that we all call home. It’s a pretty good bargain, too. Adults can purchase a season pass for $22, which equates to $5.50 per day for admission; seniors get a $4 discount, and the cost of a season pass for children ages 5-16 is just $10. On “Kids Day”, children can climb aboard as many amusement rides as they can stomach, from noon to 5 p.m., Thursday and Friday, for only $22. Inside this guide you’ll find schedules of events and entertainment, stories highlighting the personality of the fair, and helpful information. We’ll see you there.
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Fairly Outrageous Trashion Fashion Show, 8 p.m. … ‘Outrageous’ And a whole lot more Every so often someone comes along with a fresh idea for the County Fair. Some stick, and then evolve into a regular event, and somewhere along the way that event then turns into one of the fair’s favorite features. For example, many islanders can recall a time when there was no Zucchini 500. It’s true. San Juan County’s Fairly Outrageous Trashion Fashion Show, heartwarming, homespun, inspired and somewhat absurd, and most appropriately named, is just such an event. Last year’s production hit a highnote in both its “costuming” and attendance, and, it’s safe to say, proved to be the most outrageous of shows to date. Spun from straw into gold by show founder Francie Hansen, Trashion Fashion, now in its fifth year, takes the concept of the Bravo Channel’s “Project Runway” to a whole different level, wherein pretty much any discarded, recyclable or throw-away item might end up somehow attached to a garment of any one of the many contestants,
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A county fair favorite, the 2011 Trashion Fashion Show hits a high note.
whom, we might add, have become increasing fondly of silly stage names as of late. Hansen, who a year ago announced that the 2011 show would be her last event as den mother, came out of retirement shortly after last year’s show and is in fact back to run this year’s. Sounds like outrageously good fortune for the show itself. Showtime is Wednesday, 8 p.m., on the Main Stage.
The Tease, 7 p.m. Local rockers kick out classic tunes You’ll recognize the faces. You’ll know the tunes. You’ll feel the beat. And that See Entertainment, Page 5
seamlessly through such an extensive play list and, perhaps even more importantly, to get down and entertain. Get ready to rock.
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familiarity will no doubt breed what’s sure to be a rockin’ good time when San Juan Island’s own quintet of rock ‘n roll masters, The Tease, take the stage. The Main Stage will start bouncing at 7 p.m. A fixture on the island’s club scene, the Tease is powered by a lineup of five veteran musicians who not long ago found a common chord, joined forces and formed what’s since become one of the island’s most sought after bands. Frontman Tim Lance, on vocals, is backed by Thomas Sandstrom, lead guitar, Tim Dustrude, rhythm guitar, and rhythm section of Steve Cutting, bass, and “Mr. Conrad” on drums. The band prides itself on delivering upbeat and danceable hits from the 1970s, ‘80s, ‘90s and beyond. Steeled by decades of collective experience in the spotlight, The Tease also has the showmanship to glide
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Local rockers, The Tease, headline Thursday’s main stage entertainment.
Polecat, 7 p.m. Bluegrass with a growl by Bellingham’s rising stars There’s nothing like a fiddle to fire up a bluegrass tune, a laid-back reggae melody, or even a bluesy jazzy jam-like number. What could be better than a fiddle to wrap a haunting melancholy around a Celtic song? And Polecat’s Cayley Schmid wields one of the finest fiddles around. But don’t take our word for it. Find out for yourself when Schmid and her fellow Polecats spring onto
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music scene. The band quickly became a fixture at the downtown Boundary Bay Brewery. In a blink of an eye, or so it seems, the band started selling out shows, attracting new fans, wracking up awards, and has been booking shows across the greater Pacific Northwest, along with dates in the Bay Area and in Montana, ever since. Along the way, Polecat recorded a selftitle EP and more recently released its first full-length album, “Fire on the Hill”, which garnered the “Silver Platter Award”, at the 2011 “What’s Up Awards”, hosted by Bellingham’s leading entertainment magazine, What’s Up. A rising star? Polecat fits that bill to a tee. Still, the band is no stranger to the San Juans. Self-managed and self-produced, Polecat has graced the stage of various island venues, like Friday Harbor’s Rumor Mill and the Galley on Lopez, since its inception, delivering with each performance a unique mix of bluegrass, country, Celtic, rock and world music, and leaving a lasting impression of what “Americana/ Stomp-Grass” is all about. Here’s the lineup: Aaron Guest (vocals/ guitar), Cayley Schmid (fiddle), Karl Olson (drums), Jeremy Elliott (electric guitar and vocals) and Richard Reeves (upright bass). Don’t miss this show. You’ll want to be able to say you saw them at the county Fair before Polecat went global.
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Fair headliner, The Lloyd Jones Band, rock the main stage on Saturday.
The Lloyd Jones Band, 7 p.m. Saving the best for last? Without a doubt. Portland-based R & B wizard Lloyd Jones has been spinning straw into musical gold for the better part of 30 years. Jones and his band, The Lloyd Jones Struggle first lit up the fair’s Main Stage back in 2001, a pretty darn fantastic gig, as those in the audience that night clearly recall. This time around, Jones and the band are back with even more fuel in the tank and with a new recording in tow, “Doin’ What It Takes”, which, in a phrase, sort of sums up the course that even this 10-time winner of the Cascade Blues Association’s “Best R&B Act” and 2007 Oregon Music Hall of Fame inductee must follow in order to keep an acclaimed musical career on track, while banging’ out rhythm and blues in the age of the Internet and iTunes. If you’re a fan of live music, in 3D, up close and personal, this is one show that you don’t want to miss.
By Nancy Larsen
he first San Juan County Fair was held in 1906 in a warehouse on the waterfront in Friday Harbor during the first week of October. Farmers and county residents were proud to show off the “splendid products of the soil,” the Islander reported. The event drew a crowd of over 1,200. Fair officials later boasted that 1,025 tickets were sold, with $302.50 in gate receipts. On display during the first Contributed photo Fair were the county’s prolific crops: fruits, flowers, grains and grasses. Orcas Island farmer P. Bostian exhibited tobacco, a crop he was experimenting with. Other farmers were trying out walnuts and chestnuts, quinces and citron, also displayed that year. Although farmers had banded together as the San Juan Farm Bureau, it wasn’t until 1921 that another Fair was held in the San Juan Canning Company’s warehouse. Anticipating large attendance, fair organizers shored up the floor to accommodate not only visitors and participants but the many “fine bred cattle” to be displayed, so many that this Fair was jokingly called the “Bull Fair.” A baby beauty contest judged by San Juan Island’s Dr. Capron — who pronounced Florence May Madden the winner — was a crowd pleaser. The 1921 Fair was such a huge hit that the county’s farmers decided it was time to find a permanent location for the Fair. In 1923 a heavily timbered 10-acre site on the outskirts of Friday Harbor was purchased for $1,200. Volunteers blasted stumps, plowed and leveled the ground. It took 10 or 12 teams of horses to get the site ready for fencing. Community members turned out to erect the main building, the stock buildings, and the Pioneer Log Cabin. On Oct. 8, 1924 the first Fair was held in its present location, less than one year after work began. More than 100 years later, the Fair Board continues to promote and preserve local agricultural activities, and to educate the public during this once-a-year opportunity.
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here’s more to a county fair than all the contests and competitions. But it wouldn’t be a San Juan County Fair without barrel racing, pie judging and the 35th Annual 8.8K run. In fact, judging the moistness of an “upside down cake” or the stoutness of the stout has been an indispensable part of country fairs since the York (Pennsylvania) Fair of 1765, which claims “first fair” honors in America. Farmers and stock breeders were the original organizers of county fairs showcasing agricultural and home handiworks, and such fairs almost always awarded ribbons and small cash prizes, called “premiums” at many county fairs. Foot races, horse races, dog races and even “zucchini races” (San Juan County’s contribution to the genre) were often more popular than the judging for the “best creamed corn” category. Scott Rasmussen / Staff photo The Fair at heart is “one big fun Ponies and pole riding at the Western Games. contest,” according to Island Rec’s Sally Thomsen. And, it’s an exhibition – of horses and sheep, crafts and woodworking, yeast breads and quick breads, and flowers and fleeces. Almost 1900 islanders enter more than 4600 exhibits in twenty-five “divisions” such as “Baking”, “Grains and Forage” and the always popular “Food Preservation” division. Each division is further subdivided into three to twelve “classes”; each class divided into as many
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as 13 “lots”. For 4-H participants, the various judging and the Horse Gaming are the climax of the 4-H membership year. Ribbons and premiums are awarded to 4-H youths for many of the same categories of foods, livestock and activities as for adults. Plus, 4-H has numerous permanent trophies and prizes that member youth can win, and some equestrian winners gain automatic entry into 4-H competitions at the Puyallup Fair. But it’s the Horse Games in which the kids really take over. The Flag Race, Figure 8, Keyhole Race, Pole Bending, Barrel Race and International Flags ride, provide exciting, competitive times in the arena on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday evenings. Other Fair competitions include the 8.8K run, the Zucchini 500 race (“Zukes on Wheels”) at the skate park, the chicken and rabbit races (every afternoon, with “Finals” on Saturday), and the Saturday Kids Games - an egg toss and a three legged race with ice cream cones and snocones for prizes. Judging is a serious matter, for exhibitor recognition if not the money. “Doc” Capron was one of the first judges; he See Contests, Page 11
ne of San Juan Island’s longestrunning events – pun intended – takes place each year in conjunction with the Fair. The 35th Annual 8.8K Loop Run is Saturday, and begins promptly at 9 a.m., outside Friday Harbor Drug Store, in downtown Friday Harbor. The 5.5-mile course leaves downtown, circles the picturesque landscape of Turn Point, with views of San Juan Channel on your left, and ends up at the finish line at the gates of the county Fair. The annual Loop run, co-sponsored by Island Rec and Xtreme Fitness, has long been a favorite of runners and walkers alike. Signup before the day of the run and save $5 off the event-day registration fee; $25, 13 and up, $20, children 12 and under. Admission into the fair and a commemorative T-shirt are included along with the entry fee. An awards ceremony follows the run. Check-in and day-of-event registration takes place in the parking lot of Wells Fargo Bank, 305 Argyle Ave., 7:308:45 a.m. Register online at www.islandrec.org, or at Island Rec, 1-5 p.m., M-F, 580 Guard St. Info, 378-4953.
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Contests: Continued from page 9 picked Florence May Madden as the first “Baby Beauty” contest winner in 1921. (Florence May’s prize was a “Universal Percolator”; second prize won a pie plate.) Many judges are recruited from neighboring counties or Seattle, such as the fine arts judges recruited from the University of Washington. Judges cannot be related to any entrants and must follow the detailed judging criteria. Hundreds of ribbons, plaques and cash prizes are awarded every year - $11,000 in cash “premiums” and $18,000 in ribbons, plaques and certificates. But, in the end, it’s recognition for “a job well done” and bragging rights before friends, relatives and fellow club members that motivate most of the present-day weavers and bakers and canners and artists who come to the fair. That probably applies to contest and competition entrants going back to when Doc Capron recognized Florence May Madden as “most beautiful baby.”
ou’ve been wowing your friends with your great skateboard or BMX moves at the Island Rec skate park, or maybe you just took the Island Rec skateboard skills course earlier this summer. Now you can show those skills to friends and family at Island Rec’s “Show Us Your Stuff ” skateboard and BMX demonstration on Thursday, August 16, 2 p.m. Sign-up is at 12:30 to 1:30. Waiver required. Parent’s signature required if you’re under 18. Plus: free ticket to ride one of the carnival rides. For all skill levels. Info: 378-4953.
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Let’s Pretend Pirate Adventure 3:00 p.m. • BBQ – Carter Family Marionettes Cinderella 2:40 p.m. MS – Dizzy Hips 4:00 p.m. • MS – Oliver Strasser & Company • BBQ – Let’s Pretend Pirate Adventure 5:00 p.m. • BBQ – Lion’s Club – Ribs BBQ • BBQ – Sing-a-long with Kirk & Cecil 6:00 p.m. • MS – Duo Tones 7:00 p.m.
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• MS – Ballet Folklorico Monarca 8:00 p.m. • MS – Trashion Fashion Show Noon • BBQ – Let’s Pretend Pirate Adventure 1:00 p.m. • MS – Dizzy Hips • BBQ – Carter Family Marionettes Cinderella 1:50 p.m. • MS – Ed Wilson 2:00 p.m. • SP – Skateboard & BMX
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Continued from page 12 6:00 p.m. • MS – Debbie Strasser 7:00 p.m. • MS – Tease to 9 pm Noon • BBQ – Let’s Pretend Pirate Adventure 1:00 p.m. • MS – Laura Chorba • BBQ – Carter Family Marionettes Cinderella 1:50 p.m. • MS – Almost Canadian 2:00 p.m. • BBQ – Let’s Pretend Pirate Adventure 2:40 p.m. – • MS – Therese Finn 3:00 p.m.
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arrel races and the Zucchini 500 won’t be the only races competing for your attention at the county fair. Politics and politicians will be almost as prevalent as ice cream and elephant ears, although maybe not as tasty. Republican and Democrat county party organizations will have booths, as will County Council opponents Lovel Pratt and Bob Jarman and council candidate Marc Florenza. Florenza’s opponent, Howie Rosenfeld, says he’ll campaign at the Fair. Other local and regional candidates might be expected to show up for an afternoon or on Saturday.
Cinderella 1:50 p.m. • MS – Dizzy Hips 2:00 p.m. • BBQ – Let’s Pretend Pirate Adventure 2:40 p.m. • MS – Savio Farrel 3:00 p.m. • BBQ – Carter Family Marionettes Cinderella 4:00 p.m. • MS – Kris Orlowski • BBQ – Let’s Pretend Pirate Adventure 5:00 p.m. • MS – Essential Horsemanship Demonstration • BBQ – Purple & Gold – Steak BBQ • BBQ – Roseblade – Oldies & More 6:00 p.m. • MS – Daniel Finn 7:00 p.m. • MS – Lloyd Jones Band
San Juan County will have a booth with both elected officials and county managers there to answer your questions or complaints. Save Our Charter, the newly-formed group opposed to Charter Revision Commission amendments to the County Charter, will also have a booth. The Fair flushes officials and candidates out of their offices and into the open. This is your opportunity to hear what they have to say and tell them what you think about issues like the Critical Areas Ordinance and privatizing solid waste and recycling disposal.
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ooking for fun and frolic at the Fair? Check out the Green Village. Members of the Stewardship Network of the San Juans have fun activities planned for you. Every day, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the Green Village offers activities in which you can learn about the flora and fauna of the islands ecosystems, or a bit of island history, or how to green your landscape. Special guests include sea creatures, fish eggs, maps, native plants and more. Fill out a survey and enter a chance to win a gift basket full of eco- goodies. Look for a schedule of events in the fair guide.
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xel Greening is 13 years old and this is his 4th year in 4H. This is the second time he will be taking his steer to the fair. His steer is a Dexter called Jude, born to his cow 18 months ago in Crow Valley. Axel thinks Jude will be the only grass fed steer at the fair as traditionally steers are grain fed to finish them for market. Axel has done research about raising animals on pasture. Its healthy for the animals, good for the land and the meat tastes great. By rotating the cow through small sections of pasture using electric fencing its possible to raise a cow on several acres. Jude also gets treats. He likes kale, pumpkin, plums and apples. At the fair Axel will be showing Jude in the ring. To prepare for
By Cali Bagby and Colleen Armstrong
udrey Wells has been going to the San Juan County Fair with the Orcas Sheep to Shawl group since 1995. And every year she walks away with a kind of awe after watching her own hand-made creations. “There is a lot of satisfaction with taking something that is just fleece and turning it into something you can wear in six hours, she said. The annual Sheep to Shawl demonstration begins at 10 a.m. on Saturday, and lasts until the woven shawls are finished in the afternoon. The morning begins with a shearing demonstration, and then moves on to the production of intricately patterned shawls by teams of spinners and weavers on looms. “We started out as a competitive group but it adds a layer of frustration and stress,” Wells said about the evolution of the Orcas team. “So we started an Orcas group just to have fun.” The demonstration allows fairgoers to watch the progress of these garments and ask questions while the spinners sit at their looms. “It’s like theater,
this he has been walking him with a halter since he was 4 months. Watching them you can see they feel very comfortable with each other. “Jude likes to be brushed and scratched” says Axel. “He has a great personality” On August 18th from 2-4 the livestock market will be auctioning 4-H animals to the highest bidder. If you stop by the barn that morning you will see Axel and his friends washing and polishing up their animals, getting ready for the ring. Axel would encourage other kids to raise a 4H cow, and especially a grass-fed one like Dexter, Photo by Tashi Litch which are small, easy to handle Axel Greening with Jude. and produce excellent meat. but I don’t have to memorize any lines,” said Wells about interacting with the crowd that gathers for the demonstration. At the end of the day, the completed shawls are raffled off to lucky winners. Each group is technically only allowed to have seven people on the floor, but Wells said sometimes their team has 10 participants on the floor because they have younger spinners. Their youngest member this year is a nine-year-old girl. The longest-standing members for the Orcas team are the Nutt family, Mary Minnis and Wells. “We started with Liam and Bob Nutt as the only males, but now we have three men on the team,” Wells said. And the team is always looking for new members. “We are always encouraging people, we are trying to build it, Wells said. For more information about Sheep to Shawl, and other demonstrations at the fair, visit http://sjcfair.org/special-exhibitsdemos-events/.
Colleen Smith Armstrong / Staff photo
Claire, a young member of the Sheep to Shawl group, is hard at work during last year’s fair.
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