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   8. Mon. — Demo Derby    10. Tue. — Oak Ridge Boys    16. Wed. — Chris Tomlin    20. Thur. — Heart    25. Fri. — Billy Currington    28. Sat. — Roar & Rumble

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Demolition Derby back for 34th year Derby will be highlighted by plenty of new attractions

This year’s Demolition Derby will feature new classes and mainstay events.

   For a 34th consecutive year, the Demolition Derby will lead off the Northwest Washington Fair. On Monday, Aug. 13, the Whatcom Demo Derby Club will put on two shows (1 and 7 p.m.) for visitors to enjoy.    Club president Mike Scholten said fans can expect plenty of new attractions in 2012 including a 1980s and newer class and a Four-on-Four Americans vs. Canadians team event.    “The thing I’m most excited for is probably the Americans vs. Canadians event,” Scholten said. “We haven’t done that in a while and it’s a rivalry. It’s a team event and it’s one of the only times in demolition derby when you get to team up like this.”    On top of the new events, the typical events from previous years will still be put on. Those events include the Best Looking Car competition, the Big Car Derby in the afternoon and evening, Small Car Figure Eight races in the afternoon and evening, Small Car Demolition Derby in the evening only and the Truck Demolition Derby in the

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evening only.    Scholten said he estimates a total of 50 different vehicles will be entered, which will include a combination of cars, trucks and little cars. Most of the cars will be of 1960s and 1970s vintage.    For the afternoon show at 1 p.m., there will be three derby heats with about 10 cars per round. The last car standing in each heat will be crowned the winner.    Scholten said the cars get pretty banged up in the afternoon, with plenty of them not being able to start up again on the spot.    Think that stops them from entering in the night round? Think again.    Most cars that participate in the afternoon show will be fixed up and ready to go for the later hour. Not all, but the majority are good for one more battle.    “The night show sells out every year,” Scholten said. “It’s been going on since 1978. It’s been a long tradition here in the community. We’re anticipating about 30 big cars this year and 20 trucks to enter the derby.”    What’s most exciting for Scholten and his club, however, is that this year, they are 100 percent in charge of planning the event. In 2011, the club teamed up with a group from Seattle. Scholten said this was because they got a late start planning and weren’t sure if the Demo Derby was even going to occur.    The two sides didn’t communicate efficiently and Scholten said that although the 2011 show was a success, it was far too stressful of a process.    This year, Scholten said, he and the rest of the club are excited to put on a new show for residents from all over the region to enjoy.    “We’re excited because we have full control of everything,” Scholten said. “We get to call what happens and we get a little more accurate count on the car numbers.”    — Braulio Perez

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Oak Ridge boys back at Lynden fair for third time

Ageless group stays energized by musical creativity and the response of their audiences    Richard Sterban can be forgiven that he doesn’t remember many details about the Oak Ridge Boys’ two previous trips to the Northwest Washington Fair. After all, he’s trying to keep track of where they need to be in 2012.    Sterban recalls that one of the visits to Lynden, Wash., was on “a beautiful cool night” with the scenery splendid and the crowd responsive.    “We do a lot of fairs. We are the perfect group to have for a fair. There is something in our show for every member of the family,” said the bass voice of the quartet, speaking from his home outside Nashville in mid-July.    Between that date and Tuesday, Aug. 14, their appointment in the Northwest Washington Fair grandstand, the Oak Ridge Boys were due to travel to Iowa, Kansas, Texas, New Hampshire, Connecticut, Ohio, Michigan, Ontario (Canada), New York and Utah.    Their previous two visits to Lynden were in 1993 and 1998, the latter for rare consecutive nights’ shows.    It’s certainly a busy time of the year for one of the most enduringly popular groups on the American music scene.    Sterban is marking his 40th year with the Oak Ridge Boys — he joined

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Oak Ridge Boys: Quartet has been together for nearly 40 years Continued from page 10 in October 1972, just months after being part of the Stamps Quartet backup to Elvis Presley at Madison Square Garden. And, amazingly, he is not even the veteran of the group. Baritone William Lee Golden (he of the signature waistlength white beard) and lead Duane Allen both go back to the ‘60s. Tenor Joe Bonsall came in 1973.    So how do they manage to do it?    Sterban said that although the demanding schedule can be wearing at times, they are invigorated by the challenge of continuing to produce good music together, building on their base of success in the past and always aiming to stay fresh.    “It’s what we do, traveling and touring and making music. It’s a way of life for us. We’ve learned to do it over the years,” he said. “It’s something we love doing — singing, harmonizing and making music together.”

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   Any concert will certainly bring out the songs that helped make the Oak Ridge Boys famous. Count into that category “Elvira,” their most widely recognized piece (1981), “American Made” (1983) and songs from the Y’All Come Back Saloon album (1977). Their

“We are the perfect group to have for a fair. There is something in our show for every member of the family.” — Richard Sterban number-one hits list, totaling 23 in all, includes “I’ll Be True to You” (1978), “I Guess It Never Hurts to Hurt Sometimes” (1983), “Every Day” and “Make My Life With You” (both 1984). By 1986 the group had recorded 14 albums.    But any concert will also show how they’ve kept current and how, over so many years, “in some ways, we’ve recreated ourselves,” Sterban said. See OAK RIDGE BOYS on page 14

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Oak Ridge Boys: Band put out 23 chart-topping hits across the years Continued from page 13

A Little History    If you want to go way back on the origins of the Oak Ridge Boys, prior to 1960s the name was the Oak Ridge Quartet and they did mostly gospel music.    Based near Oak Ridge, Tenn., where the atomic bomb was being developed in World War II, they began regular Grand Ole Opry appearances in the fall of 1945. In the mid-’50s, they were featured in Time magazine as one of the top drawing gospel groups in the nation.    More than 30 members had come and gone through the quartet by the time today’s coalition of Duane

Allen, William Golden, Richard Sterban and Joe Bonsall was solidified in the mid-1970s.    When the Oaks did some openings for Roy Clark in 1975, Clark’s manager, Jim Halsey, was impressed by their abilities. “He came backstage and told us we were three-and-a-half minutes (meaning one hit record) away from being a major act,” says Bonsall. “He said we had one of the most dynamic stage shows he’d ever seen, but that we had to start singing country songs.”    They took his advice and the result was a breakthrough.

   “We’re making music that is relevant to the current market,” he said, “and yet we’ve stayed true to who we are.”    There have been stages of evolution. For eight years Golden was out of the group. After he rejoined in 1996, gospel music reemerged in the Oak Ridge Boys music mix (after 20 years). Additionally, after signing with Spring Hill Records in 2000, the rejuvenated quartet tested out patriotic and bluegrass forms. The album Front Row Seats in 2006 marked a return to mainstream country music, with modern arrangements and song selection.    Across all the years, they have done a ton of Christmas albums and Christmas shows. The period heading into December is always “our biggest time of the year,” Sterban said, summer fairs notwithstanding. In fact, the Boys just recorded a new Christmas CD this July.    Sterban is hepped about last Sep-

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A different kind of Christian music star Chris Tomlin lets his concerts become a worship environment

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   Chris Tomlin’s concerts focus on one thing: worshiping Jesus.    “I just love that God uses me,” Tomlin said. “But my role isn’t to grab as much attention as I possibly can, but to really point people to God. I don’t spend my time thinking how to make myself more popular.”    Tomlin has turned into one of Christian music’s most successful artists with nine number-one songs, including “How Great is Our God,” “Forever,” and “Holy is the Lord,” and over three million album sales to his credit.    When Tomlin stands in front of a throng of believers, however, it’s his desire to disappear, to surrender to the Holy Spirit and help others release the concerns of the world and focus on worshiping the God who created them, he said.    His last three albums — Hello Love, See the Morning and Arriving — have been certified gold, signifying sales of more than 500,000, units and Arriving has actually gone with sales over a million.

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   On the CCLI charts, which measure the songs used in churches, Tomlin has five songs in the top 10 and 15 in the top 100.    The Atlanta-based singer has a new album to go with his past success, And If Our God is For Us.    “For the longest time I had a different title for the album,” Tomlin said. “At the end of the day though, I really came back to ‘And If Our God Is For Us.’ I just love that statement because if you really believe in God, everything is possible. Miracles can happen and all things are available to you no matter what you are going through. There’s a scripture that tells you that God is for you and who can be against you. I love the hope that’s in that statement.”    When it came time to bring that statement to life through music, Tomlin didn’t stray far from home. This is the first album he’s recorded in his own White Cabin Studio, located just down the hill from his house outside Atlanta. He again chose to work with longtime producer Ed Cash, but also recruited producer Dan Muckala, who has worked with Brandon Heath, the Backstreet Boys and The Afters, among others.    “This is our fifth record together, so that’s a pretty good history,” he says of working with Cash. “God has used Ed

in a massive way in my life and I didn’t want to walk away from that, but I did want to take a new step. This is our 10th year, a decade of music, so I didn’t just want to hit the cruise control and keep doing what we’ve always been doing. I

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Tomlin: New album influenced by involvement with Passion City Church Continued from page 17 musically adventurous.    “I wanted something that would just explode through the speakers,” Tomlin says. “When you hear the drums, it makes you want to move, but has the same heart of melody, same heart of worship. We didn’t want to lose that.    “It’s really cool because Dan had never done any worship music before, never produced any music written for a congregation. It was good that he could work with somebody in a different vein and let those worlds mix. Ed knocked it out of the park. He always does and Dan did as well. They approached it from a different place, but it’s really great to work with both and I think people are going to really enjoy to hear this music because it has that fresh sound that you can only get when you kind of mix it up.”    Tomlin recorded a new version

of “Our God,” a song that has already been enthusiastically embraced by audiences through the Passion conferences. “It’s not going to be what they are used to,” he said. “It’s the opening track of the record and I cannot wait for people to hear it.”    In addition to writing with frequent collaborators like Matt Redman, Tomlin also stepped outside his comfort zone with new co-writers. “We connected with Jason Ingram for this album,” Tomlin says of co-writing ‘Lovely’ and ‘I Will Follow.’ “I kept hearing his name and we made it happen and, man, we have this really special chemistry songwriting together.”    Tomlin wrote “Awakening” with Hillsong’s Reuben Morgan. “We wrote that for the Passion conference,” he says. “It’s one of those global worship songs. I love that word and what it means, just to come to life, that faith rising up, that faith awakening and

seeing eyes being opened to who God is and what He’s doing in the world. I just see it happening to more and more people.”    Tomlin readily acknowledges his new album was greatly influenced by his involvement in Atlanta’s Passion City Church, which just celebrated its first anniversary. Many of the songs were first heard by the congregation there and, of course, its leader, Louie Giglio.    Tomlin’s hope is that the message conveyed in the title will impact those who come in contact with it.    “I think when people see this in the stores and pick it up and see it online and see that title they will think: ‘God is for me today and I’ve got to believe that!’    “We’re really on a mission here and God has given us a platform to travel all over the world and that’s so exciting.”   — Tim Newcomb



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Heart set to get loud Northwest-based band still prepping new material 35 years after inception

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   Local acts tend to get very positive reactions at the Northwest Washington Fair, and Heart is looking to be no exception to that trend.    The band took the music world by storm in the 1970s with massive hits like “Barracuda,” “Crazy On You,” “Magic Man” and “Straight On.” Sisters Ann and Nancy Wilson spent many of their younger years around the Pacific Northwest, graduating from high school in Bellevue before eventually making their way to Vancouver, B.C., to work with Roger and Mike Fisher and company as part of the Heart lineup.    Heart has been a fixture on the national music scene since forming, and the Wilson sisters have always been synonymous with the band. Ann Wilson sings lead vocals while Nancy Wilson rocks on the guitar and backing vocals.    Nancy Wilson said shows close to home always carry a heightened energy when Heart is involved.    “Seattle and Vancouver, that whole part of the country and the coast, down to L.A., they’re always super-energized,” she said.

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   Audiences obviously react positively to Heart’s extensive back catalog of recognizable hits, but the band has continued making music through the years as well. In 2010, Heart released Red Velvet Car, a 10-track studio album that peaked at number 10 on the Billboard Album Charts.   In 2011, A Night at Sky Church, a live concert DVD/Blu-ray release filmed at a 2010 concert stop in Seattle, was released. Heart toured in 2011 with classic rockers Def Leppard.    Heart’s most recent release is the three-disc, 1-DVD Strange Euphoria, which dropped in June. Strange Euphoria is a box set that spans the band’s entire career and features highlights from the band’s back catalog, live cuts and unreleased demo tracks.    “Luckily we actually started the box set probably like 10 years ago, and then it got stalled out and we kept all of the files together and a lot of the rarities that we had already gone and selected,” Nancy Wilson said. “Then we had a head start and we looked them over again and we went digging in all of our closets, everywhere. Every little old cassette tape and every little disc that we’d burned somewhere or sometime.”   Strange Euphoria won’t be Heart’s See HEART on page 22

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Heart: ‘Dogged determination and perseverance’ and ‘loving what you do’ keep band goinG Continued from page 21 sole 2012 release. An all-new album, titled Fanatic, is set for release in October.    With such a high volume of content still coming nearly 35 years after the band’s inception, it’s easy to wonder just how the band manages to stay successful. dogged   “It’s determination and perseverance. It’s also loving what it is and what you do because it’s not the easiest job,” Nancy Wilson said. “It really has its incredibly in-

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experience on a stage with people who are with you, and that’s pretty hard to beat.”    Nancy and Ann Wilson have been part of Heart from the beginning. The band’s other components have changed numerous times through the years.    “We have had the same drummer now f o r about 15 years,

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Ben Smith from Seattle,” Nancy Wilson said. “Our keyboardist, Debbie Shair, and our lead guitarist, Craig Bartock, have both been with us for 10 years. And and I, of course, have been there from the very beginning. We’ve had the Spinal Tap version of the exploding bass players. Our new bass player, who’s incredible and I think is going to fit in just beautifully for a very long time, is Dan Rothchild, who’s from the L.A. area. His dad was a producer for The Doors.”    Nancy Wilson said fans in Lynden can expect many past hit songs and also some new tracks. She said the road version of the song “Alone,” which is a pared-down iteration featuring just one acoustic guitar, one keyboard and Ann Wilson’s voice, always proves to be a showstopper.    “We’ve been firing up a few of the brand new songs that are not yet released. Which have been really fun and well received, I might add. Also, we’re doing a lot of stuff that people are going to be really familiar with. We’re going to be doing the hits that people always like to hear. They might be surprised how rock the show is, because we do a lot of ballads that are well-known ballads. I think people are kind of knocked over by how loud we get. We’re loud.” — Brent Lindquist

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Billy Currington riding goodtimes vibe to musical success Country charmer always wants you to ‘Enjoy Yourself’    The title of Billy Currington’s new album, Enjoy Yourself, says it all. “That’s what I want people to think about doing when they hear my music,” the happy-go-lucky Georgia native says. “I want them to have a good time.”    But that outlook on modern country music wasn’t always Currington’s idea of a good recording and performing.    “I know people like sad songs, but they like happy songs more,” Currington said. “It took me awhile to figure that out.”    He came by his early preference for sad music honestly.    “Growing up, I was a fan of all of Merle Haggard’s sad stuff and George Strait’s sad stuff — anybody that was singing sad songs. I thought that’s what I wanted to do,” Currington said.    Turns out, it wasn’t. After feeling the air sucked out of the room when he played heartbreak songs in his otherwise electrifying live shows, Billy quickly decided he’d leave the sad songs to someone else.    “I don’t want to feel that way or make anyone else feel that way when they’re lis-

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Currington: Come with ears in ‘good-time’ mode Continued from page 25 tening to my music,” he said. “I want people to walk away feeling happy.”    Still, “sad” is a country music stereotype for a reason, so it wouldn’t do to rule it out entirely.    “I can’t say I won’t ever record a sad song again,” Currington said, “but you’ll mostly hear happy stuff from me from here on.”    Lynden fairgoers should come with their ears in “good-time” mode, as that is Currington’s best foot forward.   Enjoy Yourself, Currington’s fourth album since he burst onto the scene in 2003, builds on the success of his 2008 work, Little Bit of Everything, which yielded three No. 1 hits: “Don’t,” “People Are Crazy” and “That’s How Country Boys Roll.”   As with Little Bit of Everything, Billy’s latest effort features his now trademark mix of country, R&B and beach music.    “It reflects who I am,” he said. “I’m definitely not just one thing — I’m the beach guy; I’m the country guy. I love my dirt roads and fishin’, but I love New York City See CURRINGTON on page 31

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Currington: Has 10 Top-10 hits to his name Continued from page 26 and L.A. and Miami, too.”    The album is actually a collection of material that Currington had been eyeing for just the right moment to release.    “Some of these songs date back six to eight years,” he noted. “There’s always a right time for everything.”    So far, Currington has garnered an impressive 10 Top-10 hits, with six of those charting at number 1: “Pretty Good At Drinkin’ Beer,” “That’s How Country Boys Roll,” “People Are Crazy,” ”Don’t,” “Must Be Doin’ Somethin’ Right” and “Good Directions.”    His albums have sold in the millions and he has been selected to tour with the likes of Kenny Chesney, Brad Paisley and Sugarland.    Tour mate Carrie Underwood believes that it is Currington’s “talent and charm” that has made crowds fall in love with him. He even received an unlikely compliment from David Letterman, who said about Billy’s “People Are Crazy” performance, “This song will change your life. You’re not going to do any better than this song here.”    Currington has multiple award nominations to his name, include two 2010 Grammy nominations (Male Country Vocal Performance and Best Country Song) for “People Are Crazy,” which also received nominations for Single and Song of the Year from the Academy of Country Music, as well as Single, Song and Video of the Year from the Country Music Association. He was also honored with a 2006 nomination for Top New Male Vocalist at the ACMS, which followed 2005 ACM and CMA nominations for “Party For Two,” a duet with Shania Twain.    Currington claimed outright the “HotSee CURRINGTON on page 32



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Currington: ‘Pretty Good at Drinkin’ Beer’ became singer’s sixth number-one single Continued from page 31 test Video of the Year” trophy at the fanvoted 2006 CMT Music Awards for “Must Be Doin’ Somethin’ Right.”    Entertainment Weekly has praised Currington’s “effortless” charm, while the Associated Press wrote, “With Enjoy Yourself, he zeros in on an easy-going soul vibe, a sound that brings out a likeable quality in Currington’s Georgia-raised tenor.”    But despite his laid-back demeanor, Billy has earned a reputation as a hardworking entertainer who puts everything he’s got into his shows every night. He’s taken the stage several times at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena, the very facility that he helped build on his day job while pursuing his musical dreams. He’s still a working man who is drawn to exploring life’s simple truths and pleasures.    Finding the right song for the right album is a process in which Currington takes great pride.    “I like to live with the songs I’m considering for an album,” Currington said. “I 1516 Iowa Street, Bellingham, WA 98226

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would love you just as much and in the same ways,” Currington said of the song.    But the album is more than songs about dogs and beer. “Until You,” which was written by Dave Barnes, is a pure love song.    “It’s got this great melody and simplified smart lyric about you and your girl out under the sky and overlooking the city at night, just enjoying each other’s company,” Currington said.    All in all, Currington insists that his latest album has enough “good vibes” that people will feel free to give it a listen when they are feeling their best.    “I hope it’s one of those albums that someone can put in when they’re hanging out in their camp spot or they’re grilling out by their pool and just feel good through the whole thing,” he said    Billy Currington’s Friday, Aug. 17, show begins at 7:30 p.m. in the grandstand. Ticket information can be found on the Northwest Washington Fair website at nwwafair. com. — Mark Reimers

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New look comes to Moowich Express area Creon company donates $10,000 value in stainless steel countertops    The Whatcom County Dairy Women were one of several groups that got into the upgrade act at the clock tower corner, now called Fair Square.    The popular booth that is home to the famous Moowich — a slab of ice cream between cookies — has a fresh new look this year.    After the low-key addition of extra space to sell Moowiches in 2011, the whole area has been given a proper facelift for 2012. The extra space is now blended in with the main booth, and all five serving windows have been given new stainless steel countertops.    It’s the work of Dave Korthuis, whose 7-year-old Creon company does “creations in metal.”    Actually, Korthuis has donated about $10,000 worth of his company’s labor and materials.    What he did, all on-site, was shape 1/16th-inch stainless steel over the existing old formica countertops and around plenty of trim elements, like corners and edges. In all, it totaled up to about 250 square feet of such fabrication.    In fact, the wrapping was tricky enough at some corners that Korthuis had to weld in pieces as tie-ins, but you would be hard-pressed to be able to find a spliced piece.    There will be a grand opening of the Moowich Express — which is specifically that fifth new window — at 3

Dave Korthuis has redone the fair Dairy Women booth with new stainless steel countertops. p.m. Monday, Aug. 13, opening day of the 2012 Northwest Washington Fair.    “All this started out as the Moowich Express. They wanted to have a new look and we just went from there,” Korthuis said.    The biggest advantage of stainless steel surface for food service is that it is more sanitary, Korthuis said.    “It is the industry standard for being the most sanitary surface for food preparation, and also more durable,” he said.    This is a very busy time of the year for Creon, as many of its customers are berry processing operations in the midst of Whatcom County’s big strawberry, raspberry and blueberry harvests.    With three employees, Creon also

takes care of the stainless steel needs of all The Woods Coffee outlets and its bakery.    Fair Manager Jim Baron had this to say about the new look: “The fair appreciates the donation by Creon and owner Dave Korthuis of its top-quality craftsmanship and stainless steel work provided to the Whatcom County Dairy Women for their Moowich and ice cream booth at the fair. The new improvements are a fine addition to the celebration of the grand opening of Moowich Express.”    Right across the walkway from the Dairy Women’s upgrade, the former Cook House has been taken over and given a “red barn” look as the new location for the Young Life food booth. — Calvin Bratt

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A new kind of fair food Reserve Champion Bistro to offer sit-down dining, alcohol service The Mt. Baker Rotary Building, located at the northeast corner of the fairgrounds, has in the past housed the award-winning “Farming For Life!” exhibit. This year, it will feature The Reserve Champion Bistro, a brand new fair dining experience.    Standard “fair food” is a staple of the Northwest Washington Fair, but fairgoers will have yet another eating option to try in 2012.    The Reserve Champion Bistro is the fair’s answer to a question its board of directors has been asking for a few years: What to do with the Mt. Baker Rotary Building?    “I think we were always looking for the best use of the facility that we have,” Fair Manager Jim Baron said. “There are some

facilities like the dairy barn where it’s obviously built for cattle, so we don’t evaluate every year what we’re going to put in it.”    For years, the Mt. Baker Rotary Building housed the “Farming For Life!” exhibit, a popular attraction.    “We like to make changes and freshen things up,” Baron said. “One of the ideas that had popped up over the years was a sit-down restaurant.”    Of course, that is how the Rotary Building is used for most of the year, for

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Security: New measures join many already in place Continued from page 40 standers. New measures    The events of that night led fair leaders to evaluate all aspects of fair security, and several new security measures are now in place as the 2012 fair kicks off.    These measures include:     • Refusing entrance to the fair to known gang members.     • Assigning law enforcement officers at the fair to deter and prevent gang activity. Both on- and off-duty law enforcement personnel, along with private uniformed security officers, will continually monitor the fairgrounds for gang-related activity. Anyone participating in such activity will be escorted out of the fair or arrested.     • Substantially increasing the video surveillance capability of the fair, allowing for nearly complete coverage of the grounds and 24-hour monitoring by security officials. See SECURITY on page 44

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Security: County gang activity on rise in recent years Continued from page 42    How will these anti-gang measures be implemented? Baron said specially trained law enforcement officers will be on hand to identify and verify gang members.    “I know it has been said amongst people who have talked to me and commented on blogs, ‘If you look like a gang member, you’re not going to be allowed on the fairgrounds,’ but that’s not true,” Baron said. “Gang members are not allowed. It’s not going to be a subjective issue that our ticket-takers or ticket-sellers are going to be dealing with. The law enforcement officers are trained to identify and verify.”    Sheriff Bill Elfo said that gang activity in Whatcom County has been on the rise in recent years.    “We know of over 350 gang members locally. I believe the fair board and management are taking this problem seriously and are implementing strategies that will help ensure fairgoers remain safe,” Elfo said.

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Bistro: Only air-conditioned building on grounds Continued from page 39 fish tacos, a salmon burger, and then we’ll be doing coleslaw and potato salad for sides,” Reserve owner Cody Hurlburt said.    Baron said the goal with the Reserve Champion Bistro is to give hungry fairgoers a new option away from the usual hustle and bustle of the fair.    “I think it’s

going to be good,” Hurlburt said. “I’m usually at the fair at least three days out of the six. After the first day I get my corn dog and I get my curly fries and all that, and after that I could care less to have one of those. (The bistro) is definitely healthier than what’s there.”    The bistro will not have table service,

and the outside doors to the Rotary Building will be used for walk-up service. There will also be a section of the inside of the building used for a bar area, as well as an ordering station.

     Bistro customers can choose to sit on the grass or sit at a table, and an outdoor beer garden will be available as well.    The Rotary Building is currently the only air-conditioned structure on the fairgrounds.

   The Reserve Champion Bistro will serve alcohol, and the availability of alcohol has been one of the more controversial points of the bistro since the fair’s announcement in early June.    “I think a lot of people misunderstand the alcohol-at-the-fair issue. The idea for serving alcohol came about because of the restaurant. We want to have a nice restaurant, and even in Lynden, at most nice restaurants you can order a glass of beer or wine with your meal.”   Baron said customers at the bistro will absolutely not be allowed to take their drinks onto the rest of the fairgrounds.    “It is a family fair,” he said. “We do not want to change that environment, which is why the alcohol service is with the restaurant and in a closed environment where we don’t want to change the family environment.” — Brent Lindquist and Calvin Bratt

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The story of 2011’s late entertainment changes Getting the Newsboys to Lynden was a nip-and-tuck affair    Fair Manager Jim Baron had already had a long few hours. It was Monday morning, the first day of the 2011 fair. He had just dealt with replacing one grandstand entertainer, Loretta Lynn, at the last minute with Tanya Tucker and was busily making arrangements throughout the fairgrounds, which had just opened at 9 a.m. Then his phone rang.    MercyMe, slated to play the fair on Wednesday evening at 7:30 p.m., was backing out due to a death in the family of the lead singer. That 10:30 a.m. call from the fair’s agent, Fran Romeo of Nashville, caught Baron by “complete surprise.”    “My initial thought was really led by our agent,” he said. “It was a fact and we were dealing with a fact. What do we do next and what are our options? Our agent’s job is to see who else is available.”    But with only two days until showtime and the Northwest Washington Fair being located in the far corner of the entertainment world, those available options were quite limited. Add in the fact that Baron wanted to replace Christian band MercyMe with another well-known Christian act, and his choices were whittled way down. But shutting down the grandstand was definitely a last resort.    “You want to bring somebody in and bring in somebody as good as or better than the original plan,” Baron said. “Sometimes even that isn’t good enough. When it comes

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Newsboys: Show started at 7:30, band landed at 7:15 Continued from page 49 ended up taking a commercial flight from Montana to Seattle and then a chartered flight from Seattle straight into the Lynden airport. And nobody was sure if they were going to make it on time.    The show was slated to start at 7:30 p.m. and Newsboys was scheduled to arrive at the Lynden airport about 7 p.m. “We were literally standing out behind the stage watching for a small airplane to come in and we didn’t see it coming,” Baron said. “We had Loren (Vander Yacht) waiting at the airport. Finally he called and said that they had landed and that was right about a quarter after 7.”    Vander Yacht said he wasn’t initially worried that Newsboys wouldn’t make the date, but as the time wore on that Aug. 17, a few fears did creep into his mind. Vander Yacht, who has handled all the backstage needs of the entertainers for the past 20 years, said that he had two vehicles waiting at the airport at the estimated time of Newsboys’ arrival. He was getting updates throughout the day on where the band was, See NEWSBOYS on page 58

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   In what could be the most visually striking change at the Northwest Washington Fair in 2012, a new Young Life food booth has moved front and center.    You can’t miss it, now located in an extensively renovated building next to the Peoples Place structure at the fair’s main clock tower intersection. That would be across from the Whatcom County Dairy Women booth and kitty-corner from the Lynden PTA booth.    To go along with the new location, the booth has a new look and some new food offerings.    Kevin Mondau, area director for North Whatcom County Young Life, said the annual fair booth, previously located on the back side of the Mt. Baker Rotary Building on the east side of the grounds, is one of the largest fundraisers of the year for the nonprofit group. But he hopes this year’s move will increase sales even more.    The move does two things: First, it allows the fair to utilize the Rotary Building for a new purpose (creating a bistro atmosphere both inside and outside in a cordoned-off area). Second, it lends to more exposure for Young Life. “We had a pretty nice facility there, but we did feel like we were over in the corner,” Mondau said. “We jumped at the opportunity to get a location out in the middle of the action.”    The new space, actually slightly smaller than what the group has occupied in the past, needed some freshening up, however, and the fair gave the group freedom to make changes. See YOUNG LIFE on page 56

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New Blue Ribbon Foundation aims to support agriculture Fundraising will start this fall for fair-related projects    The Northwest Washington Fair has needs, capital needs. And a new foundation — dubbed the Blue Ribbon Foundation — hopes to fill those needs quite soon.   Officially named the Northwest Washington Fair Foundation, a true nonprofit group, the Blue Ribbon Foundation launched in late 2011, but has been spending time getting its legal ducks in a row. It will begin publicizing its efforts at this year’s fair and then as the group starts settling on projects to promote sometime this fall.    Acting completely separate from the fair itself or the approximately 70-member fair association board, the six-mem-

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Mission Statement: “To financially support agricultural education, and the enhancement and preservation of the Northwest Washington Fair.” that are needed and necessary at the fair,” said Debbie Vander Veen, foundation board member.    She said that while the group is still

working to form its priority projects list, some items will fall into the necessary category and others will be more luxury items. The board, consisting of Randy Bode (president), Vander Veen, Julie Enfield, Melissa Kleindel, Deanne Sandell and Marv Tjoelker, will create a shortrange list and a long-term plan.    The first step for the Blue Ribbon Foundation is to create a scholarship fund for students who are going into the field of agriculture. The annual scholarship, starting in 2013, will be awarded and announced each year during the fair.    Vander Veen said the group aims to have its goals and list of projects available by November, in time to announce at the annual meeting of the larger fair association. The Blue Ribbon Foundation will also have added more people to the group by then and gone more in-

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Community Stage benefits local talent Series allows artists to gain exposure    Looking for a way to get your name out to the public? For local performers in Whatcom County, having your talents and name exposed can often be difficult. However, once a year local artists have the opportunity to put on a show for thousands of screaming fans.    The return of the Northwest Washington Fair also marks the return of the Community Stage series. The stage, located near the big water tank, will be packed with up-and-coming talent hoping to make lasting impressions upon visitors.    Community Stage manager Cindy Parker has been involved with the event since it started five years ago. She said it continues to grow in participation and popularity.    In the first year, there were 25 applicants for nine performances. Fast-forward to the present time, and Parker had 80 applications for 30 open slots this year.    “It’s really fun for me because I get to know a lot of talented people in this area,” Parker said. “I’m blown away by how much talent is in this area. It’s fun to see their success and some of them draw huge crowds and they’re surprised because they haven’t had that happen yet.”    As much fun as it is for Parker, she said the big benefit of the stage is to help artists gain some attention and move forward in their careers.    “It just gives local performers the opportunity to play for a large audience,” Parker said. “There’s a small monetary compensation for them, but it’s good exposure for them. They can connect with people who might want to hire performers or sell their CD for merchandise.”    Another interesting aspect of the

A band plays late at night on the fair’s Community Stage last year. stage is that it’s not used only for musical acts. Parker said the performances are very diverse and wide-ranging. This year, acts include a belly dancing group and Scottish country dancers.    One fun musical act is the Bellingham Ukulele Group, which has 20 members.    On top of the Community Stage, local performers will also be placed on the Haggen Festival Square stage at noon. Parker said that the performances for local talent are consistent every day of the fair on both stages and go until 7 p.m. when the grandstand entertainment starts.   As for quality of performances, Parker said it’s been growing consistently since the show started.    “I’ve had people the last two years

that are pretty well known, which has been pretty cool,” Parker said. “We offer a wide variety of styles and bring something for everybody.”    “We’ve got people on the Community Stage that certainly deserve to go on to big careers,” Parker added. “Hopefully they go down the line.”    As for feedback from fair officials, Parker said they’ve been extremely pleased. The same can be said for residents of Whatcom County.    “The folks in charge at the fair are really happy with the system,” Parker said. “I love that the fair continues to support local performers. That’s a huge community gift.” ­— Braulio Perez

Foundation: Process has gone smoothly so far Continued from page 52 depth on fundraising strategies.    The process of determining the list of initial projects includes getting a proposed wish list from fair staff and the fair board and then selecting items the foundation believes will most benefit the community while promoting agriculture.    One thing the Blue Ribbon Foundation is already sure of, though, is that

donors to the group will have an impressive benefits package. “Those benefits will be announced in November too, but you won’t want to pass those up,” Vander Veen said. “The benefit package is looking very nice and are things that have to do with the fair.”    So far, the process has gone smoothly, with the initial work focused on forming bylaws, a constitution and a mission statement. “It has been a few months of

a process, but we filed with the Secretary of State and have all of our government responsibilities taken care of,” Vander Veen said. “Now we are working very close with the fair board and keeping them abreast of what we are doing.” The Blue Ribbon Foundation includes two members of the fair board, Sandell and Tjoelker, working as a liaison between the two groups. — Tim Newcomb


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Front and Center a hot 2012 fair addition Buying tickets to four shows creates a new VIP experience    In recent years, local business owners in Whatcom County have been asking for a new promotion to bring some excitement to the Northwest Washington Fair. Something that can attract clientele and also provide a fun experience.    The wait is now over.    In 2012, the fair introduces the brand-new “Front and Center” ticket that provides an up-close and personal experience of the main-stage performances.    The new ticket series, which sponsorship coordinator Karen Kildall said has brought in plenty of positive feedback, is a red-hot item this summer.    Tickets (a few are still available) sell for $320 apiece, but must be bought in pairs. Kildall said the new ticket idea is something that has been discussed for a while, but this year it had to be done.    “For years we’ve had people ask us

about season tickets or to have an experience at the fair,” Kildall said. “Owners want to bring clients and employees, so we decided to pull the trigger this year. It’s more than a concert. It’s an experience and that’s our tagline for the event.”    With the purchase of a Front and Center ticket, visitors receive VIP parking, the best available seats in the Northwest Washington Fair grandstand, and gate admission to the fair. This year, there will also be a Front and Center hospitality tent, which will have a full no-host bar both before and after the concerts.    “The hospitality tent is in the entertainment compound, so that’s an area that normally no one can access,” Kildall said. “It’s pretty neat and pretty exclusive for everyone who buys a ticket.”    The 2012 concert series has the Oak Ridge Boys performing Tuesday night, Chris Tomlin Wednesday, Heart on Thursday and Billy Currington on Friday night.    “We thought this was such a great year to pull the trigger because we have such a fabulous line-up,” Kildall said. “It would have been foolish of us not to have it.”

   The four-concert package does not include Monday’s Demolition Derby or Saturday’s Roar and Rumble of monster trucks and motocross.    As expected, Kildall said, the majority of tickets have been sold to local business owners. She said that owners are using Front and Center as a great way to bring different clients to shows, as well as their friends and families.    “People are excited about the program that we’re offering, especially when they’ve been asking for it,” Kildall said. “It takes the work off of them to provide a good experience for their clients. All they have to do is show up and everything is ready for them.”    People have been purchasing from all over the county. Kildall said it’s been pleasing to see that the support hasn’t been strictly from Lynden residents.    “The great thing about this fair is that it’s not the Lynden fair, it’s the Northwest Washington Fair,” Kildall said. “It belongs to the whole county, so this is something that people from all over the county are giving feedback to, which is wonderful.”   —Braulio Perez

Young Life: New building features barn theme Continued from page 51    Young Life received over $8,500 in donations and an untold amount of donated labor and supplies to renovate both the inside and outside of the building. “It is really cool to see,” Mondau said. “There have been lots of businesses and individuals from the community who have pitched in labor or materials to help with the renovations.”    Young Life created a red barn theme for the space, renovating the interior with new cabinets, paint and counters and adding onto the exterior of the structure, building on a larger “barn portion to fit with the theme.”    “Oh yeah, it will be a big change,” Mondau said. “We hope it will be a really great addition to the fair. It will be a fun deal with the barn theme and it will be

attractive and a much-needed improvement to the building.”   The entire process has gone smoothly so far, led by Brian Zylstra and Roger Roosendaal coordinating the construction and rallying donations. Mondau said that with the ample donations of money, supplies and time, Young Life hopes to break even on the project.    Long known for its slow-roasted barbecue beef sandwiches, the Young Life menu won’t lose any allure, only gain it, Mondau said. While keeping the staples of beef, fresh corn on the cob, mashed potatoes and gravy and baked beans, Young Life will add in a kids’ menu (the location is just south of the kids’ carnival rides) and once again feature homemade pies. These are not homemade from a store, but actually

homemade.    “Folks from all over the county will be pitching in to help us make pies and we are really excited about it,” Mondau said. He expects to coordinate 30 to 50 pies each day and they will sort through the best of the best and serve those first. “It will be quite the process,” he admits. Young Life once sold truly homemade pies, but had gone to store-bought varieties in recent years.    To handle what Young Life expects will be a busier year, booth workers will split into three shifts of volunteers per day, working out to about 75 volunteers needed per day. If the new booth makes the splash that Young Life expects, they will certainly need all the volunteer help they can get. And all the pies they can serve.   — Tim Newcomb

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Newsboys: No pre-show, no time to waste Continued from page 50 but when it was past the Lynden ETA and still no plane in sight, he got concerned that any hiccup at this point could really ruin things.    “The only thing I got concerned with is when they said it was a twin-engine Cessna, I thought, ‘Is he going to be able to get into Lynden?’” Vander Yacht said. “That is obviously in the pilot’s hands, but as I’m sitting there, time is passing and I’m looking at the clock knowing what show time is and they are past the ETA. I’m thinking, what if he buzzes the runway and doesn’t feel he can get in there and goes to Bellingham? Then we’re late. I was crossing my fingers it would all go well. And it did.”    Baron said that most folks were not worried that Newsboys would come in too late, but he was starting to fret, at least a little. “I’m the kind of guy who likes to have a backup plan and I was having a hard time getting anyone to discuss a backup plan with me,” he said. “We started talking about alternatives about a half hour before. If we had to fill in a half hour and the audience starts to get nervous, what do we do? Fortunately, we didn’t have to.”

   Vander Yacht said that the screaming of a Cessna eliminated his worry. He got the band and its needed gear loaded into the vans and they rushed over to the fairgrounds (after a bit of a hassle getting the airport gates open). The band hadn’t eaten, so they scarfed some food down and walked onto the stage. There was no meetand-greet, no usual pre-show happenings, no time to waste.    “There wasn’t the usual time for them to get on the stage and test everything,” Baron said. “That had to be done before. They walked on and started playing. It was pretty funny. The lead singer (Michael Tait) started talking after a couple of songs, telling the story and saying it was like the plane landed in someone’s back yard, his impression of the Lynden airport.”    Jody Davis, Newsboys’ lead guitarist, said he remembers the trip quite well, since their tour dates are usually planned out well in advance. Instead, they got a call while playing a show in Central Park in New York, the day before heading to Montana.    But even getting from Montana to Seattle was touch-and-go. “At the last minute we booked these flights and they had a problem with the plane (in Montana), so we

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Opening events on Monday morning kick off 2012 fair Some animal events are on a set schedule

3 p.m. Monday, Aug. 13    The new Moowich Express, the dairy treats window of the Whatcom County Dairy Women, will be celebrated with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

   You can count on some Northwest Washington Fair activities at very specific 10:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. each day times. Here’s the schedule:    At Small Animal Experience in the Henry Jansen Agricultural Building, chil10:30 a.m. Monday, Aug. 13 dren will have two chances to bottle-feed    Opening Blue and Green Parade. the baby calves each day. About 700 FFA and 4-H youths will walk, many with banners and animals, from the 4 p.m. each day Gate 1 entrance to the RECO Community    In the dairy barn, you can have your Stage near the big water tank. They will photo taken with a cow or calf and the then enjoy free ice cream compliments of dairy farmer and Whatcom County Dairy the Whatcom County Farm Bureau. Ambassador. The Barnyard Kids 4-H Club organizes, with Cargill-Nutrena Feeds 11 a.m. Monday, Aug. 13 sponsoring.    Opening ceremonies. This will also be at RECO Community Stage, and a special 5:30 p.m. each day emphasis will honor families that have a    In the Ag Adventure Center tent in long heritage of involvement with the fair. See ONGOING on page 64


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Big Oak Ministries’ ‘Stage Coach’ returns for second year Truck features second stage, enhanced lighting    The Big Oak Ministries “Stage Coach” truck was a big hit at last year’s fair, drawing large crowds with its roving musical guest attractions and flashy presentation.    For 2012, Sean Taylor and his Big Oak crew are aiming even higher.    “I had a former student who is a business owner now,” Taylor said. “He called me up and said, ‘Hey, do you The upgraded Big Oak Ministries Stage Coach now features a second stage atop the flatbed truck’s cab, allowing more space for performers and their acts.

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Stage Coach: Upgraded flatbed truck’s stages will feature Humble Beast label artists, also locals Continued from page 60 need any projects done for your nonprofit?’ I said we wanted to do suicide doors or a second stage. He took it for a couple weeks ago and put the stage on.”    The Stage Coach, which appears at different spots around the fairgrounds each night, also has a new LED light package and a brandnew custom interior in addition to the second stage.    Taylor hopes the addition of an extra stage will make more room on the main stage. The second stage, which sits atop the cab of the Stage Coach, is ideal for a drum riser, Taylor said.

   The Stage Coach will feature about the same number of performances as last year, with a great deal of musical variety.    “We’re doing the same number of performances, but I hope that we’ve increased the caliber and quality of our performances,” Taylor said.    On Thursday, Aug. 16, and Friday, Aug. 17, the Stage Coach will feature artists from Humble Beast, a Portland-based record label. These artists include Braille, which performed last year, and Theory Hazit, Beautiful Eulogy and a DJ, who will sit on the second stage so the performers can have the main stage to themselves.

Humble Beast’s artists perform primarily hip-hop music.    Taylor said a primary goal this year was to have a more varied lineup than the hip-hop- and techno-centric approach they took last year with the Stage Coach. This year, local band BellaMaine will perform, along with fair stage emcee Matt Baker. A Scottish musical act will also perform.   More variety doesn’t mean the Stage Coach will get rid of the already-classic Milk, Cookies and Techno event. At these events, milk and cookies are provided, along with techno music. Local DJ Tanner Blaske will bring his own brand of dub-

step music to the stage for Milk, Cookies and Techno.    “We’ll have three nights of techno dance, dubstep, party rock and whatever,” Taylor said.    Just like last year, word about the Stage Coach will get out via social networking and text messages. People can visit BigOakStageCoach or text “fair” to 206-673-2753.   “That way, they can keep up with where we’re going to be,” Taylor said.    Big Oak Ministries has giveaways planned for the Stage Coach’s gatherings, including artist swag and other fun, to-be-determined materials. — Brent Lindquist

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Local firm donates four former transit buses to fair Shuttle bus routes will change slightly    Thanks to a donation from Western Refinery Services, the Northwest Washington Fair’s shuttle bus system will feature fair-owned former transit buses instead of rented school buses.   WRS recently purchased nine 65-passenger articulating buses from Snohomish Transit to handle the employee traffic required to staff the BP and Phillips 66 refineries’ turnarounds.   Loren VanderYacht, the asphalt manager for WRS and also the backstage manager for the fair and member of the fair association, said that all along WRS planned on keeping some of the nine buses and selling others. When the fair inquired about renting buses, WRS in-

stead decided to give the fair four of the 1995 model buses.    “It is a huge gift and a huge benefit to the fair,” said Jim Baron, fair manager. “The board and I are extremely pleased.”    VanderYacht said the value of the buses is in the tens of thousands of dollars. When the fair and WRS started talking about loaning or renting the buses for use during the fair, insurance issues became tricky. “WRS decided instead of selling them, why not donate them?” VanderYacht said. “It made more sense to donate.”    Billy VanZanten and Ryan Likkel own WRS.    The articulating buses hold 65 passengers each instead of about 40 that can fit into a school bus. They also have two entrances and the ability to “kneel down” and become handicapped-accessible.

   By having the larger bus option, Baron said that not only will the fair skip the school buses for this year, but it will change the shuttle route. Previously, the fair had four buses all running the same route. This year, there will be two different routes, both crossing in downtown, to ensure that buses don’t fill up (a problem with the one longer route) and that the fair can meet the goal of having no one wait longer than 12 minutes for a ride.    While the fair hadn’t finalized the names or exact courses of the routes as of mid-July, Baron said there will be just two options and it shouldn’t be a difficult system to master. “There are only two different choices,” he said. “It is not like if you get on the wrong bus you will end up in Seattle.”   — Tim Newcomb

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Decorated cake entry earns free admission to fair    It’s still not too late to enter the “Make Tracks to the Fair” Decorated Cake Contest. But you need to act fast.    Just entering a cake earns you a free admission into the entire week of the 2012 Northwest Washington Fair.    Persons of all ages are eligible, said fair representative Debbie Vander Veen. The top three winning cakes will be displayed at the Aug. 13-18 fair.    The grand prize winner will also receive a “Make Tracks to the Fair” gift basket and be featured on the Northwest Washington Fair website with a photograph of the winning cake.    All decorated cake entries must be brought to the Mt. Baker Rotary Building, 1775 Front St., from 10 a.m. to noon on Thursday, Aug. 9.    According to contest rules, each cake must be 9 by 13 inches or smaller and on the “Make Tracks to the Fair” theme, one cake per person. The decision of the judges is final. All cakes will be donated to the Lynden Community Center.    Mary Williams of Everson was the winner of the 2011 first Decorated Cake Contest with her entry on the theme Fair 101, the beginning of a second century of the fair.    The Whatcom Cattlemen’s Association is a co-sponsor of this contest with the Northwest Washington Fair. The “tracks” on any cake can be those of cattle (or chickens or goats) as well as human ones!    For more information, call Carole at 354-2358. — Calvin Bratt

Everson’s Mary Williams won last year’s Decorated Cake Competition on the theme Fair 101, the beginning of a second century of the Northwest Washington Fair.

Ongoing: Calves set to be born during fair; crowds expected Continued from page 60 the middle of the grounds, the “Circle of Dairy Farming” is a live performance that originated with the spring Milk Makers Fest for first graders, but has now stepped up onto a new stage. 6 p.m. each day    The Milking Facility Dairy Talk, given while fairgoers watch cows being milked,

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Advertising Index: Alderwood Park Convalescent Center......................14 Alvord-Richardson Construction Company Inc......51 Americold....................................................................50 Audio Video Excellence (AVX)...................................21 Bellingham Community Sponsors............................57 Blaine & Birch Bay Community Sponsors................54 Bode’s Precast, Inc............................................... 25, 31 Bob’s Burgers & Brew, Birch Bay...............................30 Boxx Berry Farm Market............................................63 Bryce Park (Windermere)..........................................63 Claire vg Thomas Theatre..........................................42 Community Food Co-op............................................18 Country Financial.......................................................33 Cruisin Coffee.............................................................16 Darigold.......................................................................42 David G. Porter, Trial Attorney..................................11 Diehl Ford...................................................................15 Elenbaas Company....................................................33 EPL Feed LLC..............................................................44 Espresso Directory.....................................................41 Everson & Nooksack Community Sponsors.............61 Farmers Equipment Company..................................66 Ferndale Community Sponsors................................65 Grandview Golf Course..............................................49 Green Earth Technology............................................70 Hannegan Farm & Home...........................................34 Hats Off.......................................................................68 Historic Downtown Lynden......................................27 Home & Garden Builders...........................................24 Homestead Golf & Country Club..............................62 InnoTech Metal Designs............................................30 Jake’s Western Grill....................................................10 Jon’s Truck Repair......................................................33 KAG West.....................................................................62 King Nissan.................................................................32 LTI Inc...........................................................................4 Little Caesars Pizza.....................................................59 Local Community Sponsors.........39, 40, 43, 45, 47, 48 Lyndale Glass................................................................9 Lynden Community Sponsors..................................53 Lynden Floor & Design..............................................21 Lynden Veterinary Hospital.........................................5

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