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OKANOGAN VALLEY GAZETTE-TRIBUNE | AUGUST 29, 2013

Four seek to reign over next year’s county fair

Wash. She has one brother, Nathan Rawson who is 14 and also attends Okanogan High School. Emily enjoys riding her horse and raising pigs. She is an active member in both FFA and 4-H. She will be attending the FFA National Convention in October. She is carrying on the tradition of working at her grandparent’s store, Rawson’s Department Store.

By Gary A. DeVon Managing Editor Four young ladies have thrown their hats into the ring for a chance to reign as next year’s 2014 Okanogan County Fair Queen. All hail from various communities around the county, they are Miranda Cleveland, Emily Rawson, Kathryn Cleman and Lily White. The would-be queens will attend a pageant on the evening of Thursday, Sept. 5 at 7 p.m. on the Main Stage of the fair. Candidates trying out for the 2014 Okanogan County Fair Queen are judged in four areas: They must complete a portfolio including an essay and letters of recommendation, as well as other things; they must participate in the pageant on Thursday, modeling and giving a speech and answering impromptu questions; they have personal interviews with a panel of judges and they are judged by “secret judges” during the fair, according to Madison Schellenbarger, Fair Queen Advisor. These secret judges observe how well they interact with the public, said Schellenbarger. The Coronation for the new queen will take place on Sunday, Sept. 8 at 2 p.m., also on the Main Stage. Here are short bios from three of the girls who provided the Gazette-Tribune a little bit of information about themselves and their families below: Kathryn Cleman

L-R Menze Pickering, Emily Rawson, Kathryn Cleman and Miranda Cleveland

Kathryn Cleman is the daughter of Chris and Doreen Cleman. She is currently a senior at Tonasket High School and is 17-years-old. Kathryn is involved in many sports including: soccer, basketball and track. In the summer she works as a babysitter and does community service work in her church. Kathryn has been a participant in the county fair for eight

years. She has shown horses and a steer, as well as canned goods. She is also involved in FFA, ASB and 4-H. Emily Rawson Emily Rawson is 16-years-old and attends Okanogan High School. She is the child of Matthew and Monica Rawson of Malott,

Miranda Cleveland Miranda Cleveland is the daughter of Chad and Marnee Cleveland and sister to Spencer. She is 17-years- old and is a resident of Okanogan. She is a senior at Okanogan High School, but also participates in Running Start at Wenatchee Valley College. Miranda has been a participant in the county fair for the last nine years. Her main project is market lambs, but she also shows horses and many still life exhibits. Miranda enjoys her animals, showing her horses, and making traditional native beading. She has been a member of 4-H for the past six years. Miranda is honored to be running as a candidate for Okanogan County Fair Queen. Lily White Lily White is sixteen, lives in Twisp and attends Liberty Bell High School. Lily White


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gan County Fair Queen, Menze Pickering. I would like to invite everyone to this year’s 66th annual Okanogan County Fair “Traditions Ride On.” I live in Oroville Washington and attend Oroville High School as a senior this year. The fair has always been a big part of my life and being able to represent and tell people what the fair has to offer is such an honor. I have participated in the fair since I was eightyears-old, at nine I was the youngest to win the Hershey’s Coco Classic contest. That was such a thrill that I kept participating in putting baked goods in the fair. At 13 I had gotten my first horse, Splash, and started showing and competing at the fair and ever since then I have been at the fair with my horse. Last year I had decided to run for Fair Queen because of my love for the fair and my horse. Throughout this year I have traveled to a lot of events, such as parades and rodeos. Not only have I been to almost all the events in the county but I also traveled to Canada and Spokane. I have learned so much through this past year and met a

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lot of other rodeo queens in our state. One big highlight for this year was being able to travel around with one of my best Queen friends, Rebecca Smoak, as she represents Ferry County Fair. We had so much fun going to different parades and rodeos together. As a goal that I had set for myself I had decided I would like to give back to the fair and help them in a certain way. So I set aside some of my time and with the help of my mother and father, we decided to power wash and cleane up the north end bathroom and also added a fresh coat of paint! It was a big job -- every bit of help to clean up out fair helps! I would like to give out a huge thank you to all my sponsors and my parents Rick and Lisa Pickering. Also to my Queen Advisor Madison Shellenbarger and Boone McKinney for taking my horse and I to events that my parents were unable to drive me too. I would like to extend to everyone a personal invitation to attend this years Okanogan County Fair. Come through the gates and believe me, you will create great memories! I will definitely not be missing a minute of this fair and neither should you!

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TONASKET - The Deebach kids have been Okanogan County Fair participants since before they were three years old. So they have a pretty good idea what they’re getting into. Jacie (age 8), Maia (7) and Tommy (4) are steeped in the traditions of the fair, as well as many of the ins and outs of raising animals as their dad, Matt, is the guiding light behind Tonasket High School’s highlyregarded FFA program. Jacie is coming off a solid showing last year, highlighted by winning pre-junior Grand Champion for Fitting and Showing (sheep) as well as Reserve Grand Champion for her educational display. This year she’s showing a sheep she named Bob Frapples. “My uncle names most things Bob Frapples,” Jacie says. “I was being silly about it.” Jacie said this is her second year showing sheep, and that she loves learning about the animals. “I switched (from bottle calves to sheep) because I wanted to learn about them,” she says. “Someday I want to do pigs, and then maybe steers.” Maia, a year younger, will be showing her lamb Prince Charming. Like her older sister, last year she won Reserve Grand Champion for her educational display and in Lads and Lassie Pre-junior Grand Herdsmanship (4-H), plus a number of ribbons. In the Lad and Lassie, Maia had to dress up in wool something her lamb could have produced - and show the lamb while in that attire. Last year she wore a wool vest. “I really like showing my lamb,” Maia says. Maia’s secret ambition is to take an ostrich to the county fair. “Dad says if I can catch one,” Maia says, “then I can take it.” The kids’ mom, Tara, says that wasn’t the only promise Matt had made. “He said the same thing about wild chickens and rabbits,” she laughs. Tommy said he has enjoyed getting his calf ready to show at the fair. “I like how he’s really nice,” he says. “I call him ‘Cowboy’ because he’s a boy and he’s a cow. Someday, he says, “I’d like to try a pig or a steer.” Tara added that Cowboy was an orphan. “We got it from Double R Ranch,” she says. “Tommy

had to be its dad and fed him a bottle two times a day.” Tommy had originally said he wanted to ride his calf through the fairgrounds. Asked if he still wanted to do that, he said, “I don’t think so. He got too big.”

TOP: Jacie (left) and Maia Deebach, along with their sheep Bob Frapples and Prince Charming, are ready for next week’s Okanogan County Fair. BELOW: Tommy Deebach says he’s looking forward to showing his bottle calf Cowboy at the fair this year. Photos by Brent Baker

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Shiloh Willis entering her pony in the fair By Gary A. DeVon Managing Editor OROVILLE – She may be just four-years-old, but Shiloh Willis, born and raised around animals, thinks big, maybe not as big as a standard horse, but she is entering her pony in this year’s Okanogan County Fair. With the help of her parents, Aaron and Libby Willis of Oroville, Shiloh answered a few questions about her experience with animals and why she enjoys raising them. According to her mom one of the young girl’s first experiences with taking care of animals happened shortly after she learned to walk, and that was helping to raise a litter of Great Dane puppies. “She even knows how to clear an airway for a puppy that is born lifeless,” said her mother. Her favorite animal? Libby Willis says Shiloh’s favorite animals are as follows and in this order: ponies, ducks and unicorns. “I love to feed them and clean up after them because they really learn to love humans when you take care of them like that,” Shiloh said in response to what was her favorite part of about raising animals. She also has advise for someone who wants to raise their first animal. “When you get an animal you have to know you are going to be keeping it forever. You have to care

for them before you get to eat your own breakfast,” said Rosie, adding that this is a lesson she was taught by her parents. “Make sure you have the right type of pen and house for them so that they are always safe from harm,” she said. She has a a lot of animals, but her favorite is her fair project, a pony named Rosie. She said that one of their “big” horses thinks that Rosie is her baby, even though Rosie is older.. “When it rains, Rosie stands under the big horse for shelter. Its so cute!” Shiloh said. Shiloh explained that Rosie doesn’t eat nearly as much as the big horses. She said the pony eats one flake of hay and two cups of grain in the morning and at night. “If she gets more then that, then she gets really chubby and doesn’t want to go for rides,” Shiloh adds. Other care that she gives her pony includes keeping her water clean and full, brushing her and making sure that she is always healthy and has everything she needs. “Shiloh has been working hard to prepare for fair. Her pony was not broke to ride prior to this year so she has been teaching her to lunge, accept the saddle and bridal and how to stop and turn both directions,” said her mom. “They are learning to become a smooth working team which makes for a great, lifelong partnership and success at the fair!”

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Penelope the Clown Fairgrounds open to public Market Swine Judging Rabbit Judging (Horse classes) Intermediate and Adult Horse Fitting & Showing – North Arena, Adult Riding and Halter classes – North Arena, Intermediate Riding classes – North Arena, Senior and Junior Fitting & Showing – South Arena, Youth Halter classes – South Arena, Senior and Junior Riding classes – South Arena Produce Judging Contest-south of Arts & Crafts Building Rowdy Refs – Main Stage PUD Demonstration FFA Tractor Driving CDE Competition-Infield Rabbit fitting and showing demonstration Paul Isaak – Main Stage Davis Shows Northwest Carnival opens Rabbit toenail trimming demonstration Rowdy Refs – Main Stage Rabbit agility course demonstration Paul Isaak – Main Stage Youth Horsemanship Class sponsored by Sam & Raci McKee Royalty Pageant - Main Stage After Pageant – Project 3:16 Band – Main Stage Fairgrounds closed to public

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 6, 2013: Throughout the day 9:00 am 9:00 am 9:00 am – 3:00 pm: 10:00 am 11:00 am 11:15 am 11:30 am 12:00 pm 1:15 pm 2:30 pm 3:00 pm 4:00 pm 4:15 pm 5:30 pm 5:30 pm 6:00 pm 6:30 pm 7:00 pm 8:00 pm 10:00 pm

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SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 8, 2013: Throughout the day – Penelope the Clown 8:00 am Awards in Rabbit Barn 9:00 am Fairgrounds open to public 9:30 am Cowboy Church – Main Stage 10:00 am Parade of Champions 10:00 am Davis Shows Northwest Carnival 10:30 pm Paul Isaak – Main Stage 12:00 pm Horse Races 12:00 pm Sign-ups for Mutton Bustin’ Finals (55 lb weight limit) 12:30 am Mutton Bustin’ (Belt Buckle Finals!) 1:00 pm Team Roping and Women’s Barrels 1:00 pm Paul Isaak – Main Stage 1:00 pm Fur & Feather Auction – Berg Pavillion 2:00 pm Royalty Coronation – Main Stage 3:00 pm Fairgrounds closed to public

To contact Okanogan County Fairgrounds: fair@co.okanogan.wa.us Phone: (509) 422-1621 Fax: (509) 422-1203 Cell Phone: (509) 322-1621 PO Box 467 175 Rodeo Trail Rd. Okanogan, WA  98840

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By Brent Baker bbaker@gazette-tribune.com ELLISFORDE - The Tyus kids want to do well with their sheep at the Okanogan County Fair. But most important of all is finishing the weekend with family bragging rights as the three youngest of five brothers and sisters hit the stretch run before the fair. That’s especially true for Baylie, about to start her senior year at Tonasket High School, and Dallas, an incoming junior. “I don’t care what happens, as long as I beat Baylie,” Dallas says. For her part, Baylie brings up their lambs’ genetics. “Our lambs are twins,” she says. “But I’m always, like, ‘Mine’s better than yours.’” Morgan, about to start eighth grade, might well trump her older siblings - and has before. At her first fair as a fourth grader, in Grandview before the family moved to Tonasket, she turned out a reserve grand champion in her first effort. “I named her Pearl, because she was really white,” Morgan says. Between being a winner, as well as Morgan developing an attachment to her first lamb, parents Jay and Julie Tyus purchased their own lamb back out of the market. Pearl has ended up producing a number of other sheep that the kids have shown at the Grandville and Okanogan fairs. “Jay and I weren’t together on the decision to buy Pearl back,” Julie says. “But I was brokenhearted, that we would have no lambs, that they’d be slaughtered. I just wanted to take them back home. Jay was like, no way. “(The day of the sale) Morgan had the hugest red raccoon eyes. She’d been crying all morning. The price kept going up and up, and then Jay caved and we bought it.” “It was a great ‘fair decision’ but not a great decision,” Jay adds. “To buy an animal twice to keep

on feeding it? But it has produced some good animals.” Despite wanting to outdo one another, the three siblings work together to raise their sheep, including reimbursing their parents for some of the feed and using proceeds from their own fair sales to buy sheep with which to breed. “ We helped our parents pitch in and buy bred ewes,” Dallas says. “They each birthed out two lambs. We took two each to the Grandview fair, paid them back and pitched in and bought the ram.” “The babies (this year) were born in February or March, but we didn’t have much luck,” Baylie says. “We had a couple that didn’t make it and some that were bottle babies. “Only two of the seven were healthy. Five made it, but only two did it on their own.” It was the first year that they had bred sheep on their current property; it turned out the area near Ellisforde that they live is low on selenium. But with a little TLC, the three have sheep that were just about ready to go and certainly haven’t been lacking for energy. For Dallas, some of the best part of the fair is the preparation beforehand. “My favorite parts are the sheep rodeos out here catching them,” he says. “One time I was trying to tackle one to the ground (but) it ducked its head and I flipped over it.” He admits that fitting and showing isn’t his strong point, which Baylie was eager to point out. “It’s all about controlling your lamb, even if it’s not working with you,” she says. “So Dallas was showing, he was against the fence, the judge was in the corner. He forgot how to turn it so he walked up to (his lamb), stopped and stepped right over the top of her.” Dallas had a slightly different take. “(The judge) said to never show her my back,” he said. “She was walking to check out the rear legs,

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Eighth-grader Morgan Tyus, who turned out a Reserve Grand Champion as a fourth grader, is hoping to one-up her older siblings again at the fair this year. Brent Baker photo.

and I didn’t want to show her my back so I just stepped over. At least she laughed and didn’t kick me out.” Morgan’s first showing, however, was the stuff of family legend. As a fourth grader the first time in the ring in Grandview, she wasn’t entirely certain what she was supposed to do. “She watched the bigger girls,” Baylie says. “A high school girl would smile and do a turn and Morgan would smile and turn and move her feet exactly the same way.” “When the judge lined us up, first to last. I was the second one,” Morgan says. “I thought I was next-to-last, but when (the judge) gave the person next to me the grand prize, that meant I was reserve grand champion.” As for their goals this year, Dallas said he hoped to make more with his market sale than his sisters and Morgan is hoping to make enough money to help fund a trip to Disneyland for a dance class. Baylie, entering her final Okanogan County Fair, was hoping for some family success. “It would be good to get callbacks for both market and fitting and showing,” she says. “What would be cool is if all three of us did.”


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OROVILLE – Kane and Brodey Booker are following in their older grown siblings footsteps and entering animals in the Okanogan County Fair. Kane, six, and Brodey, four, will be exhibiting chickens at the fair, their first year of showing animals. They have three hens and a rooster in a chicken coop out in the family’s backyard. “They’ve been going to the fair since they were born, they watched their older brother and sister take pigs, chickens and steers to the fair,” said Daphne, their mom. “So now they think it’s their turn, we’re going on about 12 years of kids taking their animals to the fair,” adds Ed, their dad. “We had five chickens but lost one,” said Kane, showing off the chicken coop. “The pen was built by daddy, pappa and Austin,” added Brodey, referring to his dad, grandfather Gordon Cockle and older brother Austin. The boys say they feed their chickens “scratch” from the store, as well as giving them treats of cabbage and other things like corn on the cob. “Cantaloupe is their favorite,” Brodey said. “We also need to make sure they have clean water,” adds Kane. Kane and Brodey Booker and their dad and mom, Ed and Daphne, talk about the boys carrying on a family tradition of exhibiting at the Okanogan County Fair.

The boys also gather fresh eggs each morning. The Bookers said that exhibiting chickens involves more than just raising them and taking them to the fair. There is “fitting and showing” and the boys will be asked questions about their animals. They also have to help with keeping the Fur and Feathers Barn clean and tidy. On Sunday there is an auction where people can bid on their animals. Having a coop with a rooster in one’s backyard means you need to have some pretty special neighbors. “Normally he crows all day long, starting about 4:30 a.m., but we haven’t had any complaints from the neighbors,” said their dad. “The fair is a pretty cool experience for the kids, they camp at the fairgrounds and they learn additional responsibility having to clean the barn,” he adds. “They watched their two older siblings go from being scared to death in front of a huge crowd to becoming comfortable with it. I think it helps them grow.” “They also meet kids they met the previous year... they run around the fairground like they’re in their own little world,” adds mom. In addition to getting their poultry ready for the fair, the boys have been enjoying their summer swimming and golfing, as well as riding four-wheelers out at their grandparents, say their mom and dad.


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Wilson/Bolich clan ready for county fair she says, mostly from the cow barn. Emma (8) will be showing her pig Root this year. “It just likes to root around a lot,” TONASKET - As big family events she says. go, it’s hard to top the Okanogan She started in the calf farm at age County Fair for the Bolich and 3, and this year is her second year Wilson cousins. showing a pig. Three of the four Bolich kids (with the fourth sure to join them before “Freckle won a blue ribbon last long) and the four Wilson kids are year,” Emma says. “(In an earlier all experienced fair participants. year) my goat won me a Grand Moms Angie Bolich and Jennie Champion. Mine had horns. It was Wilson are sisters, and for the creepy, but he was very uninitiated it’s easy to play nice.” mix-n-match with the kids Emma said her favorite part and never know it. of the fair is the pig barn. Megan, Rachel and Lane “I like both my pigs and the Bolich are all showing pigs other pigs,” she says. at the fair, as are Anna, Colton (6) is showing a Emma and Colton Wilson. pig that he named Skunk Heidi Wilson will be taking a thankfully, not because of chicken. his smell. “We used to show sheep,” “He has a skunk face,” Megan (age 13) said of her Colton says. “His body is side of the family. “This is our black and his face is part second year with pigs.” white.” In the past Megan has won He says he was the quite a few ribbons for youngest of his family to showing sheep, but in her first start taking animals to the year with a pig took Reserve Heidi, Colton, Emma and Anna Wilson are fair. Grand Champion, Feeder. ready for the fair. “I did good with my calf,” “I just like going to the he says. “I think I got fair,” Megan says. “A lot of second one year. He was my friends are there, from kind of feisty.” Tonasket and other towns, Colton says he enjoys too.” camping at the fair Lane (10) did particularly with friends, cousins, well showing sheep, including grandparents, aunts and one year where he was Grand uncles. Champion for Fitting and “I really like staying in the Showing. camper,” he says. “I was the first in the family Heidi (4) will be taking a to switch to pigs,” Lane says, chicken this year. Last year as he goes into his third year doing so. “A couple of my she showed a duck. friends were doing it. Last “It was huge,” Heidi says, year I got two call-backs - one though her sisters pointed in Market and one in Fitting out she spent much of her Rachel, Megan and Lane Bolich will be and Showing. I’m trying representing their side of the family at the time laying on it. Hereford pigs this year.” “My chicken’s name is Okanogan County Fair Lane says he intends to try Rosie,” she says. “It was showing a steer when he gets Joe, but I changed it. When “I definitely remember showing I first got it was when they were in big enough. “My friends take all sorts of cows,” Anna says. “My first cow the house (incubator).” animals,” he says. “They show that I took, Hannah, was really nice Heidi says she has a lot of fun at the sheep, horses, cows. I have friends and gentle, but she was huge for my fair. size.” in all the barns.” “My family all goes,” she says. “And Rachel (8) is also in her second year Anna boasts a number of ribbons, there’s a magic show that I like.” with pigs and has been showing at the fair since she was five. “I like them better,” she says. “I got 476-3893 bored with sheep. It’s kind of funner showing pigs.” With sheep she took a number of ribbons in breeder and Fitting and Showing.  Coffee Drinks “It’s harder to get awards with pigs,”  Lunch Specials she says.  Soft Ice Cream She also enjoys hopping on the  Footlong Hot Dogs rides.  Covered Seating “I really like the one that goes up and down and around,” Rachel says. 2306 N. Hwy 97, Oroville “I think it was the Ali Baba.” By Brent Baker bbaker@gazette-tribune.com

On the Wilson side, Anna (9) says she’s been attending the fair since she was about two years old. This year she’s showing a pig she calls Rocksy. “He doesn’t really do anything,” she says. “So when I was trying to think of a good name, ‘Oh, Rocksy is perfect.’” This is Anna’s second year with pigs; she has shown cows and goats in the past.

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Five-year-old Carley Pillow, three years running as a Grand Champion onion grower, shows off some of the onions she grew this year at her grandpa’s house in Oroville. These are just small potatoes compared to the nearly plate sized onions she will be entering in the Okanogan County Fair this year. In the past she has also grown onions at her grandmothers in Tonasket. This year, her sister Lily, only 18-months-old, the same age as Carley when she first started, will also be exhibiting onions in the fair.

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