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Mr. Dizzy to bring stunts, explosions to Demolition Derby Car dominoes, suicide explosion planned

The school bus jump is one of Mr. Dizzy’s typical headline acts. With limited room in the Lynden arena, the stunts will be different, but no less spectacular.

   Attendees at this year’s fair Demolition Derby can look forward to something a little different.    Sure, Mike “Mr. Dizzy” Buse will still present plenty of wrecked vehicles and jagged metal, but he’ll be there less for competition and more for putting on a great show.    “We try to push it to the edge so the fans can get an ‘Oh my goodness’ feeling,” Buse said. “Big crashes and big stunts that just make people wonder.”    Buse is a multiple world recordholder in demo-derby-dom. He has set the standard in events called the limo jump and submarine auto dominoes.    He won’t have to travel too far to bring his act to Lynden.    “I do stunts all around the U.S., and Monroe happens to be my home track,”

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Buse said.    At Evergreen Speedway in Monroe, he serves as the unofficial stunt and demolition coordinator at Evergreen, yet he spends much of the rest of his time touring the country making people smile. He will try to break the limo jump record once again on Aug. 26 at Evergreen.    Buse got his start when a stuntman came to the track and performed a car jump. Buse decided he’d like to give it a go, and his career as a stuntman was underway.    He specializes in jumping vehicles that might not conventionally be thought of as jumping vehicles. A few stunts include the wall of fire, motor home jump, school bus jump, the Jump of Doom (a car towing a boat), a Suburban towing a boat jump, the limo jump, a truck pulling a horse trailer jump, four and five car stacks, pyramids and auto dominos.    Buse has two big stunts planned for the Northwest Washington Fair.    “The arena’s so small, there’s not a lot of room to get a real big car jump,” he said.    Instead, he’ll perform a car dominoes stunt, which involves knocking over See DIZZY on page 10

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Dizzy: to perform ‘suicide’ car explosion Continued from page 9 cars standing up on end. Additionally, he’ll blow up a car while sitting in it.    “We’re going to do a suicide car explosion,” Buse said. “We sit inside the car, and we blow the car up. It’s kind of an ‘Oh my gosh, how did they make it through that?’ thing. The whole crowd will feel the heat.”    Mr. Dizzy will perform at the Demolition Derby on Monday, Aug. 15, at the grandstand.    -Brent Lindquist

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‘Roughneck’ Trace Adkins sees Americana in fair crowds Deep-voiced country star producing music despite home fire and acting debut    There’s no rocket science to putting together a music album. At least not for Trace Adkins, the headline country music star set to grace the Northwest Washington Fair grandstand stage on Tuesday, Aug. 16.    Some of Adkins’ music is written by friends, some shopped from Nashville writers, and some he writes himself, he said in a phone interview while on the road near Toronto.    “But I don’t ever go into an album with a theme in mind,” Adkins said. “There’s no set direction.”    Instead, Adkins said, what he chooses to record is really just a collection of his favorite songs at the time.    Adkins, who just released his tenth and latest studio album, “Proud to be Here,” on Aug. 2, will likely bring some of his latest tracks to the Lynden show.    Best known for songs such as “You’re Gonna Miss This,” “Songs About Me,” “Honky Tonk Badonkadonk” and “Muddy Water,” Adkins’ “favorite” songs clearly

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shift in style, ranging from heartfelt to honky-tonk.    But even in concert, Adkins said, he never considers any song his favorite until his audience shows its appreciation.    “My favorite song is whatever the audience responds to the most,” Adkins said. “I think (most performers) feel that way. You get that pat on the back.”    Adkins said he has many great memories built up from his years of touring, but some of the best are from his time in front of county fair crowds.    “It’s about Americana,” Adkins said. “County fairs are what this country is about. They have some of my favorite people.”

   Adkins was born and raised in northern Louisiana, and although he had musical parents and grandparents, it wasn’t necessarily the centerpiece of family life, he said.    “My earliest memories (about music) were of listening to my dad sing bass in the church on the old hymns,” Adkins said. “I wanted to sing bass like him.”    No one can question Adkin’s mastery of the bass range, with a singing voice that can be recognized as easily as a Morgan Freeman narration.    But his low singing voice, although rare, wasn’t the only thing that got him started professionally in country music. After working in the oil industry out of

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Trace Adkins’s latest album, “Proud to be Here,” is on the Show Dog-Universal label.

   In 2007, Adkins published “A Personal Stand: Observations and Opinions from a Freethinking Roughneck,” a manifesto he wrote to speak his mind and share anecdotes from his life.    Adkins has also made a number of appearances on screen, most recently playing a role in “The Lincoln Lawyer,” released March 18, which starred Matthew McConaughey. He previously acted in the 2008 film “American Carol” and made appearances in various TV shows.    In early 2008, Adkins was a contestant on NBC’s “The Celebrity Apprentice,” and lost out in the final round to celebrity journalist Piers Morgan. Adkins said that experience was tough and trying, but definitely positive as a whole.    “It was an exercise in restraint,” Adkins said.    Adkins said he gets a kick out of acting and hopes he can do more of it. He said he would focus his acting career if his music was off the table, even though he knows that his music is what opened that door. Without his music, he would probably have continued working in the oil industry, he said.    On Saturday, June 4, 2011, the Adkins family lost their Nashville home to a fire. Trace’s wife, Rhonda, and their three daughters escaped safely. Trace was headed for several Alaska concerts at the time of the fire.    “The fire was more traumatic for the girls,” Adkins said. “It was harder for them than for me.”    However, Adkins said, the whole family is doing well and he hasn’t had to quit his tour, which runs through September.    Adkins said he has enjoyed the time he has spent in the Pacific Northwest, as he has been all over the country due to his music. That may be one of the perks of the music industry, where emphasis has shifted to sold-out concerts rather than album sales. However, Adkins noted, the recording industry has had its share of burdens. And the biggest one on his shoulders has been tolerating the politics of the business.    Last year, Adkins ended his long-time relationship with Capitol and signed with Toby Keith’s Show Dog-Universal label.    Trace Adkins’ Lynden show will begin at 7:30 p.m. Tickets costs $48 and that includes admission to the fair. —Mark Reimers


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MercyMe scored the first Christian single to go platinum in 2001 with “I Can Only Imagine.” The song was downloaded over 1 million times.

   With a new sound in tow, Christian band MercyMe makes a return trip to the Northwest Washington Fair on Wednesday, Aug. 17.    It isn’t often the fair invites a musical group back to its stage, but after a successful run in Lynden at the 2006 fair, MercyMe is back. The band has released three albums since the last appearance and comes directly off its tour promoting “The Generous Mr. Lovewell” album.    The multi-platinum band went creative with its latest record and ensuing marketing.    In an effort to develop an album around the theme of loving well, the group created a fictional character — Mr. Lovewell — and has used that persona to promote its songs and the band’s message. And the album itself serves as a peppy, beat-driven soundtrack to the character.    MercyMe first broke onto the Christian — and secular — music scene with its popular “I Can Only Imagine” song on its first major-label release, which struck a chord in the post-9/11 mood. The song became the first Christian single to go platinum, with over one million downloads.    The six-piece band played off its success of the 2001 album with three more records before playing the Lynden

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fair.    Since then, MercyMe has released two new-work albums.    Overall, the band has sold six million copies, had 23 multi-format #1 Christian radio singles, appeared on countless television shows, had music featured on “American Idol,” had all of its recordings certified Gold or Platinum, won two American Music Awards and received three Grammy nominations.    But to mix things up with their 2010 “Mr. Lovewell” release, they developed a character.    “He’s like Buddy the Elf meets Forrest Gump,” says MercyMe singer Bart Millard of the fictitious namesake be-

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MercyMe: ‘Mr. Lovewell’ has gained following Continued from page 17 tional.    “We always heard ‘you come back different’ from a trip like that, and sure enough, it turned our world upside down,” Millard said. “We came back disgusted with ourselves and what we had considered important in life. It was time to relate this to our audience — the church — and figure out how we might all do something about improving the way we love each other, at home or halfway around the globe.”    MercyMe met up with two producers, Brown Bannister and Dan Muckala, for tracking in El Paso, Texas. While Bannister has guided the band on many prior hits, Muckala was a new twist for the band. Combining their talents (by working together on every cut rather than splitting the album) adds further to “The Generous Mr. Lovewell.”    The band’s website explains the album like this:    “This Life” kicks off with a pulsating keyboard and backbeat that are a far cry from standard MercyMe presets, yet by the time the motivating chorus breaks

free (“This Life was Meant to Shine”) it’s easy to imagine this anthem as a new fan favorite.    Next, “The Generous Mr. Lovewell” goes back in time to capture a breezy style that’s part Beatles, part Electric Light Orchestra — a fantastical blue sky mix of crisp acoustic guitars, xylophones, swirling melody, and bouncy rhythm to match MercyMe’s idea of who this delightful title character in the bowler hat really is: He wakes up every day the same, believing he’s gonna make a change . . . Come on, Mr. Lovewell / We could use a few more just like you who care enough to give this life away.    The message of committing to extravagant selflessness and faithful optimism threads its way through every song. In “Move,” Millard says he’s gonna move to a different drum no matter what life brings while his band pounds out an absolutely slamming pop arrangement reminiscent of artists from Maroon 5 and Beyonce back to the Bee Gees.    Of course, it all comes back to worshiping the One whose love is definitive. MercyMe wrote first single “All of Cre-

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Loretta Lynn sang in local granges before national fame John Pen of Sumas helped give Loretta her first audiences    John Pen of Sumas readily recalls how a young Loretta Lynn got her start singing in front of a microphone and audiences in Whatcom County.    He figures it was in 1956. Pen’s band, The Westerners, was playing a weekend gig at the Delta Grange on Loomis Trail Road. After the show, a man came up and wondered if his wife could try out singing with them. She had a pretty good voice, he said.    The music guys suggested she show up the next Wednesday at John’s home in Sumas, where the band typically practiced and recorded its performance for a Friday airing on Bellingham radio station KPUG.    Loretta showed up at the Second Street house.    “She was just a nice friendly gal, not only attractive but real friendly. She sang along on a few songs,” Pen reminisced as he sat recently outside the same house, his

abode across all these years. Pen wasn’t letting his 91 years of age keep him from finishing the day’s job of repainting a back deck.    “That little gal can sing,” John remembers saying to his brother Marshall, who was also a member of the five-man band, after she had left the house.    Indeed, the new talent, Loretta Lynn, sang well enough for the Westerners that “we gave her a job” — a 20-ish mother of at least two children at that point — for their live performances at granges and bars, occasionally into Canada, and even as far south once as Northern State Hospital, Pen said.    The pay wasn’t great at $5 per night, but that’s all they could afford to pay her.    “So we used to go out and play for places, and not only for dances and beer parlors — different events, different things,” he said.    The group had a mixture

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of guitars, bass, banjo, fiddle and violin and did popular and old country western songs. The other members were Roland Smiley, Alec Mathis and Howard Roedell, none of them still living.    Pen says he even taught Loretta how to play the guitar, from lessons he himself had taken at Northwood Grange.    Doolittle and Loretta Lynn and their young family lived in a variety of different places in the Custer and west county area in their years in Whatcom, Pen said. He visited them where they lived when she joined the band, and “I’m telling you, I thought I’d never seen anything so destitute as that little shack,” he said.    Pen estimates that Loretta and the Westerners made music together for two to three years.    It was also during those years here that Loretta learned how to can vegetables with local women like the late Edna Brann, and the young mother entered her creations into the Northwest Washington Fair in Lynden.    Not until 1960 did the future superstar begin to break loose from her Kentucky “coal miner’s daughter” roots and the rural confines of Whatcom County. She signed her first contract with Zero Records and recorded “I’m a Honky Tonk Girl.” Helped also by appearances on the Lynn, pictured here at the time of the release of her album, Van Lear Rose, in 2004, will grace the Lynden stage for the fourth time after shows in 1974, 1982 and 1998.

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Lynn: ‘First Lady’ of country Continued from page 21 Grand Ole Opry, she was on her way to becoming the number one recording artist in country music.    In 1967 she charted her first of 16 number one hits (out of 70 charted songs as a solo artist or a duet partner). Those hits include “Don’t Come Home A’ Drinkin’ (With Lovin’ on Your Mind),” “You Ain’t Woman Enough,” “Fist City” and “Coal Miner’s Daughter.” In her songs Loretta Lynn was willing to delve deeply enough into matters of philandering husbands and persistent mistresses, birth control (“The Pill”), repeated child-

birth (“One’s on the Way”) and double standards for men and women (“Rated ‘X’ “) that sometimes country music radio stations sometimes refused to play her songs. Nonetheless, she became known as “The First Lady of Country Music” and continues to be considered one of the most successful vocalists of all time.    Loretta’s best-selling 1976 autobiography was made into an Academy Awardwinning film, “Coal Miner’s Daughter,” starring Sissy Spacek and Tommy Lee Jones, in 1980. Her most recent album, Van Lear Rose, was released in 2004, produced by Jack White and topped the country album charts.

Lynden Tribune    But the relationship with Whatcom County hasn’t been forgotten.    For a fourth time, Loretta Lynn, now 76, is scheduled to come back and perform on the grandstand stage of the Northwest Washington Fair. That will be on Tuesday night, Aug. 16.    Fair Manager Jim Baron said he had hoped to book Loretta for the centennial fair in 2010, but it didn’t work out and he took her instead for 2011.    She has been here previously in 1974, 1982 and 1998.    Before one of those performances, John Pen and his wife Dolly were able to spend some time with Loretta in her big road travel bus and share some of their old times together.    The fondness Loretta holds for this area has been evident during her previous fair visits as she tells a few stories and calls out the names of some folks she knew at the time. But most of them are gone now.    Last year, Loretta Lynn was honored for her 50th year in the country music industry, with special attention given her on the televised music awards night.    Loretta continues to tour, but not as vigorously as she once did. Her website announces that an appearance scheduled for July 23 at the Grand Ole Opry was pushed back a week. In the scorching temperatures that hit much of the country in July, Loretta had to be hospitalized and treated for heat exhaustion and dehydration.    Shows will be rescheduled as much as possible, and Baron said in late July that the word on Loretta is that she is better now and her August tour and visit to Lynden remain in place as scheduled.    She says online that she regrets ever having to disappoint fans who had hoped to see her in concert.       If mild weather is what Loretta Lynn needs, western Washington’s should be just the tonic. That, along with memories of having her start in music here. — Calvin Bratt


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Two of five band members are from original Revival    When Lynden residents fill the Northwest Washington Fair grandstands to hear Creedence Clearwater Revisited on Friday, Aug. 19, “Born on the Bayou” will be the first song they hear.    It’s also drummer Doug Clifford’s favorite song to play in the band’s set, which

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The music that shaped a generation now has fans from three generations. Fairgoers can hear it all on the local fair stage. we have three generations (of listeners) now instead of just one,” Clifford said in a phone interview. “They know the music, they sing along, they know the lyrics.”    However, Revival disbanded in 1972. For a long time, Clifford and Cook didn’t see much of each other.    “There was a period of time where he was down in L.A. and I was down in Lake See CREEDENCE on page 26 Lyndale Glass offers the complete Integrity product line. Integrity windows and doors offer both performance and beauty. Manufactured from glass fibers, the Ultrex material is able to withstand changes in temperature and pressure in a way superior to other products.


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Drummer Doug Clifford was a founding member of the original Revival band, along with bassist Stu Cook who is also in the new group of musicians.

Creedence: Tunes in demand decades later Continued from page 25 Tahoe,” Clifford said, “so there was a span of years we didn’t see each other that much. What happened is he was going to be moving out of L.A. He came up and bought a house.”    From there, the two former bandmates decided they needed a project. In 1995, Creedence Clearwater Revisited was born. They had their work cut out for them.    The first order of business was choosing a lead singer to head up the new project.    “It ended up being easier than we thought it would be. We just networked with friends and told them what we were doing. There were 10 singers that applied, and we had them send us a cassette,” Clifford said. “We gave them four songs to do with an acoustic guitar and no other accompaniment.”    Of the 10 singers who tried out, four passed the test. One man, former People singer John Tristao, was the obvious choice.

   “John Tristao was the fourth guy,” Clifford said. “When we heard him sing, we said, ‘Hey, that’s our guy, we found him.’ Not only is he a great singer, but he has a great stage presence.”    Steve Gunner, guitarist and keyboardist, and Kurt Griffey, guitarist, also joined Creedence Clearwater Revisited along the way. With its five members solidly in place, the band plays dozens of shows every year.    “We generally do between 70 and 75,” Clifford said. “When we started, that meant we were gone two-thirds of the time. My wife wasn’t happy with that, and I didn’t like being gone. I’m kind of a family guy, and we cut it back, and everybody was happier that we did. We play enough shows to make a decent living, and enough time with family.”    Still, the road is a massive commitment. Clifford said the band has played in South America seven times, in addition to Asia, Central America, Mexico, Canada and all over the United States.    “I missed my wife’s birthday for probably the last 10 years. I missed my grand-

son being born because I was out on the road. There are sacrifices you make,” Clifford said.    As Creedence Clearwater Revisited gained popularity, one need was certain: an album. Out of that need came “Recollection,” a 22-track double live release that the RIAA certified Platinum in 2008.    “The people who would come to the shows asked, ‘Why don’t you have a CD that we can buy with the new band?’ What we did is we recorded a show, so there were 22 songs on it. We’ve got all the hits on there,” Clifford said.    Creedence Clearwater Revisited played a show in Lynden back in 2005, and they are certainly familiar with the Pacific Northwest. The night before their show at the fairgrounds this year, the band plays in Chehalis.    Creedence Clearwater Revisited will play at the Northwest Washington Fair and Events Center grandstand at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $38. -Brent Lindquist


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MonsterCross combines motor-powered sports Grandstand show offers a mix in its Lynden debut, including local riders and experienced drivers    MonsterCross will make its first appearance on the grandstand track at the Northwest Washington Fairgrounds at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 20.    With monster trucks, freestyle motocross and professional motocross races all on display, the fair’s closing grandstand event will provide local motorheads a chance to see high-powered off-road vehicles in action.

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   The show will feature Double Trouble with Tyler and Travis Groth, longtime monster truck entertainer Jeff Bainter and the father-son duo of Rick and Eric Swanson at Obsession Racing.    Eric Swanson, at just 16 years old, is perhaps the August event’s biggest story. A rare commodity in a field filled with experienced truck drivers, Swanson has been driving his family’s big rigs since he was 11.    Now with his driver’s license, the Menifee, Calif., native will unleash his truck “Obsessed” in the monster truck race and freestyle competition. The teenager also will compete in the motocross race.    The evening show will also provide some local amateur motocross racers a rare chance to drive in front of a huge fair audience in this inaugural event.    Lynden Christian High School’s Jordan Jansen, who will be competing, noted he doesn’t really know what to expect.    “I’m excited to have an opportunity to race at the fair, but since it is the first time they are doing this event, we don’t really know what to expect for competition,” he said. “For the amount of riders, it’s a small event, but for the amount of spectators I’d consider it a See MONSTERCROSS on page 30

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Monster truck drivers can spend plenty of their show time in the air as just about any object in their way can become a jump.

MonsterCross: Lynden a can’t-miss venue Continued from page 29 larger one.”    While the amateur circuit will provide the grandstand audience a chance to see the county’s best young racers, those looking for a patriotic display of tenacious diesel horsepower will be pleased to see “Captain U.S.A.” Jeff Bainter in action. A participant in Monster Jam since 1986, Bainter is known for driving a red, white and blue 1998 GMC monster truck with the American flag waving from the bed. A quick

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Lynden audience a preview of what’s in store for fairgoers with a freestyle exhibition.    With these drivers making stops in Lynden, it seems evident the Northwest Washington Fairgrounds is becoming a can’t-miss destination for professional motocross and monster truck drivers. Collins, in particular, noted he couldn’t wait to come back to Lynden.    “The venue is great and the crowd is receptive,” he said. “We did some racing events here in the winter, so it is a natural fit to come back here.”    — Adam Lewis

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Above, Millie and the Mentshn performs on the community stage in 2009.

RECO Community Stage bubbling over with local talent Fourth year of fair presence shows popularity of venue    A fair isn’t a success without a good soundtrack. But even if the Northwest Washington Fair’s grandstand concerts are destination events unto themselves, they can’t provide continuous musical entertainment all day long.    But for the last three years, local entertainers have committed to carrying a tune for more of the day on the RECO Community Stage, which is located near the grounds’ water tank.    Organizing this year’s lineup of local talent is Cindy Parker, who also happens to play for two of the this year’s groups: Beattle Billy and Jaded Lovers.

   Parker said this year’s lineup is just as packed as past years, with some acts spilling over into the noon slots on the Haggan Festival Stage.    Assigning one act per day to the Haggen stage was a strategic decision, Parker said, since in the past that stage hadn’t had any acts performing until mid-afternoon. Those groups selected to perform in that slot (in order from Monday through Thursday) are Jennifer McKee, Millie and the Mentshn, Mike Hohnholz, The Honeybees, Laura Overstreet and The Jaded Lovers.    These performers are fair veterans, Parker said, and were asked to take the new spots as a reward, in a way.    “It’s because some have been there every year, donating time and (in the first year) without any budget,” Parker said.    Still, performing as a local group at the fair isn’t all sacrifice. That much is clear as most performers jump at the chance.

   “It’s a rare opportunity for locals to perform for potentially huge crowds,” Parker said. Not only does that equal exposure, but it is a chance to gain valuable performance experience.    Parker said she has seen groups get approached after performing at the fair with requests for more information and offers of jobs at other events.    Another reason for the success of the community stage is the fact that the music caters to the mood of most fair-goers who are there to have fun. Plus, as the cost of other parts of the fair keep rising, this is one part of the entertainment that is only the price of admission to the fair.    One of this year’s returning musicians is Millie Johnson, who does vocals in the band, Millie and the Mentshn.    “It’s so much fun to play (on the community stage),” Johnson said. “People of all ages are having fun, clapping and dancing. It’s a good time rain or shine.”    Country and blues singer, Laura Overstreet, said she has performed at the fair nearly every year since moving to Whatcom County from Texas in 2007.    “It’s challenging sometimes,” Overstreet said. “But I feel like I know these crowds.”    Overstreet is a professor of sociology at Western Washington University. But that job is simply a vehicle for her to support her music, which she describes as her biggest passion.    Priority is typically given to performers who live in Whatcom County.    The only exception this year is Ali Marcus who will play at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday on the community stage.    Parker said she thought Marcus’s style and unique sound were too interesting to pass up. However, the solo singer and harmonica artist lives just one county away and has strong ties to this one as well.    For a complete listing of those performing on the RECO Community Stage, visit the entertainment section of the Northwest Washingto Fair website at www. nwwafair.com. — Mark Reimers

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Reconfiguration enlarges carnival, offers new parking

The change at southeast Gate 8 also moves ticket booth    More parking near the fair’s gates, a new service entrance for trucks and an enlarged carnival area — space for two new rides! — all highlight a single shift in the makeup of the grounds.    Jim Baron, fair manager, said the chain reaction event hinged on the need to make a decision about two fair-owned houses along Stremler Drive, directly south of the Mt. Baker Rotary Building parking lot.    When the two rental homes needed thousands of dollars worth of repairs to

remain viable, the fair decided to tear them out instead, kicking off a sequence of events that allowed a few different shifts to come together in time for this year’s fair.    Plus, as fair directors looked at the lots, they also wanted to utilize the southeast corner of the fairgrounds a little better, Baron said. New employee lot    The fair opted to demolish the two houses, which sat on neighboring lots,

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and has since grassed the area.    One of the two homes had been owned by the fair for about six years and the other much longer.    Baron said the space will be used for employee parking. New service truck entrance    On the south side of the new lot, a gravel driveway connects Stremler Drive to the fairgrounds. It will serve as the new service truck entrance for food trucks, ice trucks, carnival workers and more.    Trucks had previously used the Gate 8 entrance located on the southeast side of the fair off Kok Road. New Lot 8 parking    By shifting the service trucks and carnival workers away from Gate 8, the fair can now reconfigure the entire southeast corner of the grounds. See GROUNDS on page 64

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Small Animal Experience returns to fair Barn Buddies-run exhibit drew 50,000 visitors last year

A milking simulator, featured at this year’s Milk Makers Festival, will also come to the fair at the Agriculture Adventure Center.

Adventure: Spotlight on cows Continued from page 34 a general overview and picture of life as a farmer in Whatcom County would experience it. Cheryl DeHaan, Farming for Life! project manager, hopes to draw crowds of all ages to the Adventure Center and Farming for Life! exhibit.    “It’s a known and proven fact that if you have something for kids, they’ll drag their parents to it,” DeHaan said.    One big draw for kids is Twister the model cow, which kids can practice milking. The big tent will also feature an abundance of educational and entertainment materials for kids and adults.    The Circle of Farming presentation is an outgrowth of the Milk Makers Fest for children, put on by the Whatcom County Dairy Women each spring. The emphasis is on the dairy farm hearkening back to just one central character: the cow.    There will be a “Meet the Farmers”

activity provided as well, which will allow fairgoers to get acquainted with real Whatcom County farmers.    “We encourage engagement and conversation,” DeHaan said, “and for people to ask farmers some questions.”    She said she hopes Meet the Farmers will help dispel any myths and untrue perceptions of farmers.    “A farmer has to be highly educated and definitely a businessman to stay in business,” DeHaan said. “Our population is getting so far removed from the farm, they don’t even have grandparents anymore that are related to the farm. It takes less than 2 percent of the population to make the food for the entire nation.”    DeHaan and her farming colleagues hope the Agriculture Adventure Center can further educate the fair-going public in the ways and methods of the farm.    —Brent Lindquist

   Anyone in need of their cute animal fix will find no shortage of adorable critters at this year’s Northwest Washington Fair.    The Small Animal Experience might be the best place to start. Sponsored by Cargill Animal Nutrition of Ferndale and hosted by the Barn Buddies 4-H Club, this year’s Small Animal Experience hopes to draw at least 65,000 visitors, compared to last year’s 50,000. The club will draw visitors with, of course, the small animals.    Two tiny Holstein calves named Betsy and Ross will help bolster this year’s theme, “Celebrating Dairy with American Spirit.” Other calves will also be on hand to feed, including ones of the Jersey, Guernsey and Brown Swiss breeds.    The Small Animal Experience will also feature Cordell the pony, Buckley the miniature donkey, ducks, guinea pigs, kittens, baby turkeys and more.    “We think we have a great exhibit because we have a lot of different species in one area,” said Debbie Vander Veen, Small Animal Experience organizer.    Vander Veen said this makes it an ideal exhibit for families with young children or elderly parents because it gathers many different types of animals in one place, eliminating the need to See SMALL ANIMALS on page 42

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Vander Veen said 120 volunteers are anticipated to work shifts throughout fair week. She said people who enjoyed the exhibit in the past have called and expressed interest in volunteering.    The exhibit itself is open to visitors until 10 p.m., but caring for the animals obviously doesn’t stop there. A team will be on call throughout the night checking on the animals.

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Small Animals: Loads of volunteers helping Continued from page 40 travel across the fair to see all the types.    The Small Animal Experience has been so successful in just two years that it helped garner awards for the Northwest Washington Fair in the 2010 centennial year, including accolades from the International Association of Fairs and

Expositions. The Small Animal Experience was included as an integral part of the Northwest Washington Fair’s award application.    Keeping the Small Animal Experience up and running for the entirety of the fair is quite the task, but the exhibit has piqued enough interest that volunteers aren’t exactly hard to come by.

   The Small Animal Experience’s centerpiece this year will be a large pig named Mrs. Marvin, who is set to give birth to a litter on Tuesday, Aug. 16.    “She’s the perfect pig for being at the fair,” Vander Veen said.    This is because she’s used to being around people, which is beneficial because many people will be stopping in to see her.    Pigs’ gestation cycles can be tracked very precisely, which is how the birth was planned for the fair. Lots of mathematical calculations are involved, but generally a pig stays pregnant for three months, three weeks and three days. This is how the predictions are made.    The Cargill-Nutrena Small Animal Experience opens at 10 a.m. each day at the fair and closes down at 10 p.m.    —Brent Lindquist

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tion.    Dairy is by far the largest slice of $325 million annual agriculture output for the county.    The dairy cattle have always been a draw at the Northwest Washington Fair. The spacious dairy barn, with the smell of fresh straw and the moos of cows and heifers wafting throughout, is testimony to that.    What’s new this year is a multipronged effort to communicate the dairy theme to fairgoers.    Here’s the scoop:     • People will be able to both see and hear the process of milking cows at the fair.    The area at the south end of the dairy barn is being revamped. A block wall is being changed to windows to open up the view into the milking parlor. And — totally new — there will be public address narration of what’s go-

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Whatcom County Dairy Facts • Dairy Farms: About 125 • Dairy Cows: About 49,000 • Average milk production per cow: 23,344 pounds, or 2,714 gallons, per year • Dairy Products Market Value: $186 million (2007 census) • Lynden Darigold plant production: Over 1.2 billion pounds of powdered milk per year

Kids from several dairy families pose in the area of the Northwest Washington Fair dairy barn that will be revamped for better fairgoer interaction for the 2011 fair. There will be a new viewing window and microphone narration of what is happening during the milking of dairy cows. With Whatcom County Dairy Ambassador Danae Tiemersma are Grace, Thijs, Emmy and Fiona Kroontje; Gary and Lauryn Young; Rocklyn Osborn; Noah Berry and Alexis Neil.

Theme: multi-pronged effort Continued from page 44 ter tent in the center of the fairgrounds, the 15-minute video “A Day in the Life of Darigold” will be shown continuously.    Darigold is the dominant producer cooperative in Whatcom and Washington. Most local dairy farmers ship their milk to Darigold, and the company’s Lynden milk drying plant sends powder product throughout the world.    The video uses the DeJong family of Lynden, multi-generation major milk producers, to show what a day in the life of a farmer might be like.     • The dairy antique exhibit and dairy educational displays that were elsewhere before will now be gathered in the Agriculture Adventure Center.     • The success of the Milk Makers Fest — a gathering of first graders to the

fairgrounds each spring to learn about milk production — is being carried over to the August fair.    The Circle of Farming concept can teach both kids and adults how a dairy farm is a continual circle involving animals, crops, nutrients, land and water.    Look for practical learning aids to take home.    A dairy scavenger hunt is also available for kids.     • A dairy maternity ward sponsored by Elenbaas Company will be set up in the dairy barn. Several live births are expected during the fair.     • Twice each day, there is an opportunity to bottle feed a baby dairy calf at the Small Animal Experience in the Jansen barn.     • Dozens of fairgoers can help to “make butter in a bag,” i.e., churn by

doing some vigorous shaking, in the Ag Adventure Center.     • Dairy farmers on the fairgrounds — and there should be plenty of them — will be giving out “I Met a Dairy Farmer” ribbons to those they talk to.     • Bring your camera and take a photo of your friends and family with a cow. The Dairy Cow Photo Op will be in the northeast corner of dairy barn; look on the official schedule for exact times.     • From 5 to 6 p.m. each day, meet the Whatcom County Dairy Ambassadors of 2011 — Danae Tiemersma, Taylor Sytsma and Victoria Wasisco — near the milking parlor.     • Dairy families will be featured in the fair’s opening ceremonies at 11 a.m. Monday, Aug. 15, in the Washington Tractor Arena. During the preceding Blue and Green Parade, the Dairy PRIDE sign will lead the way.     • Closing day Saturday brings a pair of special attractions. At 1 p.m. 4-H kids will compete in the Best Decorated Cow Contest in the dairy barn show area. At 4 p.m. anyone can participate in the Cow Hand Milking Contest.    This is all in addition to the regular dairy cattle exhibits, shows and judging going on in the dairy barn each day. Check the official schedule for details.    And look up occasionally to see the giant dairy scene art mural that is painted all the time on the big water tank on the fairgrounds. — Calvin Bratt


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New service takes charge of food booths New brand operates 20 percent of food vendors    Expect a new name in food at this year’s fair: The Stampede Grill and Barbecue.    While your favorite locally run food booths likely won’t change much, the commercial offerings at the fair this year will have a decidedly different look.    The fair’s previous commercial food vendor, Aronica and Weinstein Concessions, accounting for over 20 percent of all food concession space across the fairgrounds, was sold to Medina-based Conifer Specialties.    Mike Maher, president of Conifer, said that since the December 2010 sale, his company has been working to rebrand and “re-menu” in time for this year’s fair season.    The family-owned business since 1977 also operates the 100-year-old Fisher Scones brand, credited as the original fair scone creators.    But Conifer is a lot more than scones and shortcakes — although the company did sell 1.5 million scones at

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Fisher Scones, part of the Conifer Foods brand, has been serving up fair delights for 100 years.

Food: Locally grown and prepared Continued from page 48 the old hamburger names from Aronica, such as the Ellensburger, Maher also plans to incorporate a bevy of new ingredients and menu items.    All the former generic food booths at the Northwest Washington Fair will also get fresh paint and new Stampede Grill logos, except for the well-known Cookhouse location. Maher said he doesn’t want to change everything all at once.    Fisher Scones is known for using wheat sourced from a sustainable co-op farm in Eastern Washington, raspberries grown in Oregon and Darigold milk. “Within the Stampede Grill and Barbecue, we plan to implement the same principles, using Tillamook cheese, local bakeries, Walla Walla onions and Washington potatoes,” Maher said.    While Stampede Grill can’t promise all food will be sourced locally, they certainly are moving in that direction

— an effort Jim Baron, fair manager, gets excited about too.    “They will bring a totally new look to the food here and I also like the emphasis they are placing on serving local Northwest foods,” Baron said. “I am impressed with the quality of food.”    Baron’s trip to Conifer’s Kent facility for taste-testing and feedback was exciting and delicious, he said, especially with the deep-fried green beans on the menu. Maher said that item will be coming to Lynden.    “The fried green beans are a great example of what’s new and a little different,” Maher said. Also, expect to see sweet-potato fries and a special sauce concocted for the all-beef, quarterpound hamburger patties.    “The quality of the meat and product should be a step above (what has been served in the past),” Maher said. “We are a family business and we take a lot of pride in food safety and quality.”    — Tim Newcomb

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Whatcom County’s Sustainable Connections group will be on hand at the fair to promote eating locally produced products.

Sustainable Connections raises profile with fair booth Nonprofit promoting local farm tour and Eat Local Month    Sustainable Connections will promote September as their “Eat Local Month” with a booth set up in the Agriculture Adventure Center during the Northwest Washington Fair.    Aiming to create a prosperous local economy by educating the community about sustainable business practices, the nonprofit network has over 650 members.    “We connect people with independently owned businesses,” said Laura Ridenour, Sustainable Connections’ Food

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Almost 90, Toots Swinburnson still selling fair tickets ‘It keeps me off the streets’    Toots Swinburnson takes a little ribbing sometimes when she is selling tickets at the fair’s front gate.    “You’re still here? How many years have you been working here?” ask people who know her. “Too many, too many,” Toots will reply right back, with a smile.    The truth is that she enjoys selling tickets with each year’s work crew at the Northwest Washington Fair. She keeps getting asked, and so she keeps doing it.    Even though she will be turning 90 in November.    “They spoil me,” Toots said. “It’s a nice group of people to work for. They treat me royally. And that’s why I think I’ve stayed doing it so long. Every manager has been great.”    Mrs. Swinburnson put in about 25 years with the J.C. Penney store in downtown Lynden. That’s where she learned all about handling money and customers.    About as she was retiring from that, she agreed to be a ticket seller for the fair during fair week. And she never quit, although she has reduced her hours from nine hours per day to

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Fairgoers asked to help break Guinness World Record A five-minute hay ride could be the biggest ever    Sean Taylor loves big ideas. He also loves bringing the community together, so he paired up those two thoughts with the goal of breaking the Guinness Book of World Records’ mark for the world’s largest hay ride at this month’s Northwest Washington Fair.    Taylor, a former youth pastor who now runs Big Oak Ministries in Lynden with the purpose of connecting youth with Christ, already has experience putting together youth programs at the fair.    Jim Baron, fair manager, approached Taylor about using this year’s event as a platform to break a world record.    But which one?    “We shopped a long time for an idea that people could get excited about, fit the community and we could actually break,” Taylor said.    Taylor worked with Guinness personnel to brainstorm which records could work, while being a unique item to fit the fair.    Quickly the fair and Taylor agreed they wanted something that involved mass participation, basically the biggest group to ever do one thing. The idea of focusing on teens expanded to include families.    Guinness folks first thought about

staging the largest dodgeball game ever, but Taylor said that record gets snapped every couple of months, usually on large college campuses. Plus, where was the fair factor in that?    “We wanted one to stick,” he said. “So we decided on the World’s Largest Hay Ride.” How fitting.    The concept is actually simple (and has low overhead) and anyone interested should be able to participate.    At noon on Saturday, Aug. 20, Taylor will gather everyone inside the fairgrounds interested in being a part of the action to the main grandstand to hop on for a five-minute hay ride. Saturday is traditionally the busiest day at the fair and the grandstand is relatively centrally located. Of course, this ride won’t feature a horse-drawn buggy, but rather an LTI truck hauling three or four trailers full of hay and hopefully hundreds of people.    The current record sits at 249 people — a step up from the previous number of 220 — and Taylor hopes to obliterate that mark.    With each trailer holding about 225 people comfortably, Taylor hopes for at least 500 (“500 is a good attempt”) and really closer to 1,000 (“1,000 exceeds every

Hay rides have come a long way from their original forms on the family farm. A world-record ride may be pulled by an LTI semi truck on Saturday. expectation”).    The fair will fly in a Guinness adjudicator from either New York or London to verify the numbers, which can easily be kept by counting people as they enter the grandstand gates.    The gates will open at noon and anyone interested, which Taylor hopes is everyone, will come into the arena and hop up on the trailers stocked with local hay.    Once all the trailers are full or there aren’t any more interested riders, the truck will take a five-minute ride, either in the grandstand area or outside, depending on logistics.    Taylor expects live music — hey, why not tack another trailer at the end with a live band, right? — to liven up the event and create an entire world record-setting “experience” fit for anyone in the family.    Then, as little as 20 minutes from when the event started, a new world record will be set. “What a fun thing to be a part of,” he said. “Sitting for five minutes could break a world record right here in Whatcom County. So many people for such a simple task should be a lot of fun.” —Tim Newcomb


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Families carry on generations of dairy tradition at Lynden fair

Van Mersbergen, Groen bring young blood to families    Todd Van Mersbergen and Corby Groen represent at least a fourth generation of family dairying tradition in Whatcom County.    That means milking and breeding cows is in their past, but they also believe it’s in their future.    “It gets in your blood, I guess. It’s kind of like an addiction,” said Groen, 24, who is now the prime operator of Hidden Acres Dairy on Barnhart Road. He took over from his dad, Steve, three years ago after attending a Minnesota community college in dairying.    Call it what you like, an addiction or a conviction, it certainly is a commitment that gets them, like their parents and grandparents before them, through the tough times that will come along.    “It’s just kind of ingrained in you when you grow up on a farm,” Groen said. “There are days when you get sick of it, but really there’s nothing else I’d rather be doing. When you get away from it, you appreciate it. And you’re your own boss,” he added.    Todd Van Mersbergen, 29, is likewise moving into the Markwell Holsteins operation of his family on Northwood Road. The Van Mersbergens have long been known for showing and selling very high pedigree stock.    Just this July, Todd and Corby worked together to bring a new event to the Lynden

fairgrounds. It was a combined show and sale for their respective Washington State Holstein and Jersey breed associations.    It was a bit of a coup to beat out the Puyallup fairgrounds in the process, yet it turned out to be extremely convenient in allowing many local dairy farmers to come back to the place where they had their start in the first place, the Northwest Washington Fair and its dairy barn.    With over 300 cattle entered, it was an exciting showcase, just like the fair they are used to, Groen and Van Mersbergen said.    Whatcom County is a “hotbed” of high-quality breeding of dairy animals, which leads to bettering the industry overall, Van Mersbergen said.    The names of Polinder, Van Dyk, Kortus, Vander Haak, Lancaster and others are associated with good registered breeding locally, he said.    Ultimately, the goal is to develop characteristics that contribute to greater animal health and durability and more efficient milk production, he added.    To that end, cows, bulls, heifers and even semen and embryos from Whatcom County breeders are sold all over the world, Van Mersbergen said. “It’s a global thing, that’s for sure.”    Washington dairy herds are reputed for having high per-cow production, over 23,000 pounds per year. It’s not uncommon

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Todd Van Mersbergen and Corby Groen represent a fourth generation of family dairy farming in the Whatcom County. in the Markwell herd for a cow to give 85 pounds of milk per day consistently, possibly peaking at 130 to 140 pounds, he said.    Still, despite the impact beyond Whatcom County, the start for most local dairy families is the Lynden fair and the atmosphere of camaraderie and competition fostered there.    “That’s where I fell in love with it, helping grandpa (Sherm Polinder) with his Holsteins,” said Corby Groen.    Breed loyalty has its waves. Although the high-producing black-and-white Holstein is dominant overall, there has been a strong resurgence of the smaller fawn-colored Jersey breed in recent years. Over 100 will be entered at the fair.    Hidden Acres Dairy is back to mostly Jerseys, and Groen doesn’t mind touting the hardiness, longevity and higher butterfat and protein production he sees in them.    As for evaluating cattle, the young father and husband feels he probably already had the eye for it when he was 6 or 7 — even before his 4-H and FFA involvement — and he could accurately guess how a professional judge would line up a lot.    “It seems you get a knack for it,” he said.    At any rate, he will be back again with cattle to enter from the family farm in the Northwest Washington Fair of 2011, as will Van Mersbergen.    “The fair has always been a very competitive show for Whatcom County,” Groen said. ­­— Calvin Bratt


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Matt Baker

Comedic acrobat makes Lynden fair debut Haggen Festival Stage will also host local magician Sterling Dietz    The life of a really funny acrobat is all Matt Baker knows. That’s because he hasn’t really had a chance to do anything else since he was invited at 17 years old to join an international hackeysack team.    That team, made up of 13 of the world’s best “footbag” players, took Baker around the world in one year performing

demonstrations with Snickers as the sponsor.    Matt Baker’s “comedy stunt show” will perform for the first time this year on the Haggen Festival Stage at the 2011 Northwest Washington Fair.    Hackeysack is a non-competitive sport that has participants bouncing a small bead-filled sack with their feet

and performing tricks without letting it touch the ground. Internationally, it is known more commonly as footbag.    From his original tour on, Baker started developing other physical acts and also started adding jokes into his routines. He continued touring in the U.S. for two years after his international appearances, demonstrating in schools and other locations until he was about 20.    Baker said he first started hackeysack when he was 13 years old and he still hasn’t stopped doing it in professional shows.    Now, at 29, Baker has a much broader repertoire, from juggling and mainstream acrobatic acts, to more bizarre stunts that surprise and shock audiences everywhere.    “People should expect to see a lot of off things that they won’t see anywhere else,” Baker said. But that originality is accompanied by a clean, familyfriendly comedy routine.    Over the years, Baker has performed solo and also as one half of the comedy duo “Brothers from Different Mothers,” with juggling artist Alex Zerbe. That act was featured on season two of TV’s “America’s Got Talent,” winning the unbridled praise of judge Piers Morgan.    Baker is also a Guiness World Record holder for “most complete change-overs juggling three objects in one minute.” Basically, that refers to the process of one person leapfrogging over a juggler and picking up the three juggled objects in

Lynden Tribune the process. Baker originally broke the record at 8 cycles, but now holds it at 10.    Performing at fairs and similar venues all over Washington State is a special thing for Baker, since those audiences seem most ready to have a good time, as opposed to a corporate event, where people tend to be a little stiffer, he said.    Fair shows also are ideal for allowing Baker to use a loose format, since people feel free to come and go, and he can tailor his humor to the specific location. Also, fairs aren’t as stressful, since they aren’t competitive. Instead, each performer is intent on adding an important piece to the entire fair experience.    Baker said he is excited to be playing in this format because he is good friends with many of the other performers, including Lynden fair veteran Roberto the Magnificent, who is performing this year and helping manage the stage.    Baker said he hopes to eventually work as a writer for another comedian, where his thoughts and creativity can gain a wider audience. He has already been hired by some of his peers to that end. He even envisions himself writing screenplays and scripts for sitcoms and feature films.    “I’m blessed to have a gift,” Baker said, “and to make money doing what I love.”    For more information about Matt Baker and his show, visit his websites at www.comedystuntshow.com and www.mattbakercomedy. com.    Baker will perform at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Monday through Wednesday on the Haggen Festival Stage. Lynden-grown magician Sterling Dietz will make a comeback to the same stage after skipping last year, performing at 2, 3 and 8 p.m. on Saturday only.    New to this year’s stage offerings are noon performances each day by local musical talents usually reserved for the RECO Community Stage.    For a complete listing of performers and their time, visit the fair entertainment page at www.nwwafair.com. — Mark Reimers


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Everson & Nooksack heartily endorse Whatcom County’s Northwest Washington Fair This message brought to you by these community-minded folks: •Chris’ Cabinet Shop •Courtyard Gardens Florist •Elenbaas Co. Inc. (Sumas, Everson) •Everson NAPA Auto Parts •Everson Physical Therapy •Everson Transmission Inc. •H&L Aluminum USA •Kelley Insurance Agency & Financial Services Inc. •Jim’s Automotive Experts •Ken’s Tree Service LLC

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Stage Coach provides roving gathering place for fair-going teens Social media and technology will be used ‘flash mob’ style to divulge coach’s location The stage coach will be a new take on the fair’s Lounge concept, which is several years old and known as a gathering place for teens.    Teens who remember visiting the Lounge at the fair in years past are in for something quite different this year.    Sean Taylor, executive director of Big Oak Ministries, is using the 2011 Northwest Washington Fair as a giant guinea pig for a new idea: the Stage Coach.    “The reality is, the fair has provided us with our laboratory to test this idea and the feasibility of doing flash mob-style events for teens,” Taylor said.    The “flash mob-style” event for the fair will consist of a refurbished flatbed truck, called simply the “Stage Coach.” Teens can find it at 4 p.m. and 9 p.m. at undisclosed locations around the fairgrounds. These locations will be revealed via social-networking sites like Facebook, and through a textmessage network. Teens can also find QR codes around the fair to scan into their phones, revealing information regarding the Stage Coach’s whereabouts.    Once they find the Stage Coach, participants will be treated to 30 to 45 minutes of power-packed entertainment.    “It will be about 10 min-

utes of activities, games and giveaways. Every day there will be an act. A musical act, a comedy act, a variety act geared towards students and teens at the fair. That’ll take place for 30-45 minutes,” Taylor said.    One of these acts ties in well with the fair’s emphasis on dairy farming this year. “Milk, Cookies and Techno” will be just like it sounds. For two nights during the fair, Whatcom County’s Dairy Ambassadors will hand out milk and cookies to Stage Coach-goers, and a DJ will spin techno music.    The Stage Coach will also feature a number of interactive opportunities, including contests for creative and funny photographs throughout the week. As with many of the Stage Coach’s features, prizes will be involved. The beginning    Taylor originally started the Lounge a few years ago as a meeting place for teens attending the fair. It changed hands soon after, but the goals were never quite accomplished in the years that followed.    “The fair just didn’t feel like it was accomplishing the

goals we had intended when we started it,” Taylor said. “(Fair manager) Jim (Baron) said they were considering shutting down the program. I just came up with this idea right in the moment.”    In that moment, the Stage Coach concept was born. Taylor pitched a mobile outlet for entertainment during the fair, developed the idea over the course of a week, and set a plan in motion for fundraising.    “The rest is history,” Taylor said.    Part of that history involved outfitting the actual truck as an appealing gathering place.    “We are customizing the heck out of it,” Taylor said.    Taylor and his crew lowered the truck, installed a flatbed, fit it with wings, and they are now outfitting the vehicle with a hefty amount of lighting.    That will be the truck around which Taylor hopes young fair-goers will gather when he unveils it. Kids can find the Stage Coach every day at the fair—somewhere. Finding the exact location will require some scavenger hunting.    -Brent Lindquist

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Youth sell local meat at fair’s Friday sale Purchasers help with kids’ 4-H, FFA projects    Attendees at the Northwest Washington Fair will have the opportunity on Friday, Aug. 19, 2011 to buy local beef, pork, lamb and goat meat while supporting Whatcom County youths at the same time.    Approximately 200 boys and girls will be selling their animals during the Northwest Junior Livestock Sale. The auction begins at 1 p.m. in the fair’s Henry Jansen Agricultural Center.    Whatcom County 4-H and FFA members in grades 3-12 will bring steers, lambs, hogs, goats and fryers to be sold at the auction. The animals must earn a blue or red ribbon at the fair to be eligible for the sale. Professional auctioneers will seek bids based

“Buyers will receive high-quality meat from these young entrepreneurs, who have spent many hours ensuring their animals are in top condition for the sale.”

—Tanya Dostal

on a price per pound for the animals, which will be presented by their youth owners.    “Buyers will receive high-quality meat from these young entrepreneurs, who have spent many hours ensuring their animals are in top condition for the sale,” said Tanya Dostal, a local 4-H leader. “They also can ask the FFA and 4-H members what their animals were fed and how they were raised.    “In turn, the exhibitors receive the sale proceeds to cover the cost of their animal projects, which include the purchase price of the animal, feed, supplies and veterinary expenses,” Dostal said. “The sale also will help them fund their next project.”    Some of the exhibitors may become full-time farmers, but all of them learn valuable lessons in responsibility, budgeting, marketing, record maintenance

and animal nutrition, Dostal said.    To purchase an animal, buyers must attend the sale, where they will be asked to complete a bidder card and obtain a bidder number. They also must decide whether their support will be in the form of “take-out” or “turn.”    In “take-out” sales, the buyer takes the animal home or decides which meat-processing facility will handle it. Buyers choosing a facility other than Lynden Meats, Keizer AA Meats or Del Fox Meats will be responsible for taking their animal to that processing plant. The buyer also will cover costs

of butchering, cutting, smoking, curing and wrapping their meat.    When a buyer elects to “turn” an animal, the sale committee takes the floor price — based on current market prices — off the buyer’s bill. The buyer would be recognized for their support of the exhibitor, but the animal would go to the company that agreed to pay the floor price for the animal.    For example, if the winning bid was $1.75 per pound and the floor price for that animal was 55 cents per pound, the buyer would pay $1.20 per pound.    For more information about the auction, call 366-5515 or 319-6122 or visit www.LyndenJrLivestock.org.

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new Lot 8.

   What was previously a service entrance and a permit-only parking lot will turn into a combination of special-event parking, permit parking and public parking.    From Tuesday through Saturday (the lot is closed on Monday to make room for the demolition derby pits), the 500-space lot will be open for paying customers.    The exact size of the lot may shift during the week, as space will still be reserved for special needs, such as the draft horse trailers on Friday and the MonsterCross rigs on Saturday.    Fair patrons will first pay for parking in the new Lot 8 and then use their fair tickets (or purchase them) at a different location closer to the carnival to gain entrance into the grounds.    The lot will still be used for permit holders.    Baron said that with parking always an issue in and around the fair, he’s excited to add more parking so close to the fair’s gates.

New Gate 8 entrance gate    Due to the addition of public parking, the actual entrance to the grounds at Gate 8 will move north.    A new fence will separate the parking area from the grounds and a new ticket booth and gate will be set up near the restroom building at the southwest corner of the carnival section.    The Gate 8 ticket booth had been located on Kok Road and mixed paying visitors with cars entering for work purposes.    The new ticket booth was donated to the fair by the Building Industry Association Whatcom County chapter, which commissioned a group of high school students to build the booth for the association’s 2011 home show at the fairgrounds this past March.

Who will run the parking?    The fair owns two other parking lots, at Gate 3 next to Ralph’s Floors off Front Street and about 15 acres of parking south of Kok Road. Both lots are run by a local Kiwanis club and are open for public parking.    The fair also rents city-owned property north of Kok Road and west of the fairgrounds, but that lot is reserved for fair exhibitors.    Baron said fair staff will operate the

A larger carnival space    As part of the shift, service trucks can now move out of the center of the fairgrounds and the fair can eliminate the need for another service road on the east end of the grounds.    Both of those moves allow the carnival section to expand to the fence line to the east and into where service trucks once parked.    Davis Amusement plans to bring two more rides to this year’s fair.    Baron said fairgoers surveyed have requested more rides and Davis has said that if given more space, it would bring more equipment.    — Tim Newcomb


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years. It is no secret that our city, state and nation have been living through difficult times. Your city administration has balanced your budget every year during this economic down turn. We have prioritized our spending and accomplished several capital projects. We have reduced city staff. We have implemented several employee driven cost saving measures. We are doing more with less.Your city is surviving this recession. Your city looks better and feels better. We are making progress to a better future. Improvements to our city and a balanced budget with no new property taxes! The future is still uncertain. Your city needs steady, mature and experienced leadership. The kind of Leader that has experience in running a private business, management skills and experience in city government. I politely ask for your vote to continue serving you. Visit our website at jensenformayor.com “Some dream but accomplish little. I dream, plan and accomplish success for your city.”

Newly remodeled Main Street Newly remodeled 2nd Avenue and Griffintown Park The city of Ferndale is pleased to present the Main Street Phase 2A Project, which includes: • Reconstruction & widening of Main Street between Third Avenue and Washington Street, including multimodal transportation facilities for pedestrians, bicyclists, and busses; • Placing overhead utilities lines underground; • Upgrades and replacement of the City’s water, sanitary sewer and stormwater utilities Funding for this $2.6M construction project came from: • $1M in federal funds obrtained under the Surface Transportation Program; • $800K in State funds from the Transportation Improvemnt Board; and Project Contractor: Strider Construction • 800K in City funds The City of Ferndale is pleased to present the Second Avenue Improvement Project, which includes: • Reconstruction and extension of Second Avenue to Portal Way, including multimodal transportation facilities; • Installation of a new roundabout at the southbound on/off ramps to Interstate 5, Portal Way, Thornton Rd and Second Avenue Funding for this $6M project came from: • $0.5M, plus a significant property donation from Burlington Northern Santa-Fe Railway; • $1.5M from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act; and Project Contractor: RAM Construction • $4.0M in City Funds

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reWards! all The TiMe! On I-5 at Exit 236 Just 15 Minutes South of Bellingham theskagit.com 877-275-2448

Friday & Saturday September 23 & 24 at 8 pm

SAVE 10% Rewards Club Card! with your

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WA: 800-745-3000

Buy Show Tickets Service Charge Free at the Casino Cashier Cage

Or redeem your Rewards Club points for complimentary tickets. See Rewards Club Center for details.

$1650 BUFFET t h g i N y a d r Satu *

5 – 10 pm

Owned by Upper Skagit Indian Tribe

Casino opens at 9 am daily. Must be 21 or older with valid ID to enter casino, buffet or attend shows. *Must be a Rewards Club Member – Membership is FREE! Visit Rewards Club Center for details. Management reserves all rights.

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PRIME RIB, MWhoyrPeay ? STEAK & DUNGENESS CRAB

*With Rewards Card, $19.41 without. Tax and gratuity not included. Must be a Rewards Club Member – Membership is Free! Must be 21 or older to enter buffet.


Abby’s GALLERY OF HOMES

Realty & Appraisal Services

Raymond Pelletti, Broker (360) 815-0251 www.abbysgalleryofhomes.com “We believe in Integrity, Trust, Family and Results”

Art illustration by Sound Images Art & Gallery © 2011 • 1015 Girard St., Bellingham, WA 98225 • (360) 756-9800 • www.SoundImages.tv

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A guide to your local Whatcom County fair

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A guide to your local Whatcom County fair

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