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Late, but still great By Dee Camp The Chronicle OKANOGAN â&#x20AC;&#x201C; The Okanogan County Fair may be late, but officials say itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll still be great. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It looks like everything is going to happen,â&#x20AC;? Fair Advisory Committee Chairman Mike Egerton said during the groupâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Sept. 11 meeting. The 68th annual fair will be this Thursday through Sunday with the theme â&#x20AC;&#x153;Blue Jeans and Country Dreams.â&#x20AC;? The event was delayed two weeks because the fairgrounds, 175 Rodeo Trail Road, was being used for the Okanogan Complex fire camp until just before the fairâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s scheduled Sept. 10-13 dates. With the combining of fire crews as the areaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s wildfires wind down, firefighters have since moved to East Side Park in Omak. Contracts for entertainers,

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Okanogan County fair Thursday, Sept. 24 9 a.m. All Day 9 a.m. 9 a.m. 9 a.m. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. All day All day 10 a.m. 11 a.m. Noon 1 p.m. 1 p.m. 1:30 p.m. 4:30 p.m. 5:30 p.m. 6 p.m. 6:30 p.m. 6 p.m. 6:30 p.m. 7 p.m. 10 p.m.

Kids Day and Nursing Home/Assisted Living Day Fairgrounds open to the public Head and horns show Commercial Building Market steer judging Beef Barn Market swine judging Swine Barn Rabbit judging Rabbit Barn Horse intermediate fitting and showing North Arena Adult riding and halter classes North Arena Intermediate riding classes North Arena Senior and junior fitting and showing (horses) North Arena Youth halter classes Rodeo Arena Senior and junior riding classes Rodeo Arena Horse demonstrations Horse Barns PUD youth pole climb FFA/4-H produce judging Horticulture Barn Mutton bustinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; South end FFA Tractor Driving Contest Bottle baby calf show Beef show ring Market lamb judging Sheep Barn Grade and purebred breeding class Beef Barn Sheep fitting and showing demonstration Sheep Barn Little people fitting and showing Sheep Barn Lads and Lassies (sheep) competition Sheep Barn Cat type classes, by cat fashion show Cat Barn Mutton bustinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; South end Youth horsemanship class Rodeo Arena Ranch rodeo Rodeo Arena Fairgrounds closed

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Sunday, Sept. 27 8 a.m. 9 p.m. All day

Rabbit barn awards Fairgrounds open to the public Head and horns show

All day 10 a.m. 11 a.m. 11 a.m. Noon Noon

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Fairgrounds closed Note: Schedule times and acts are subject to change For entertainment schedule, see Page 6.

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A fancy fowl checks out flowers during the 2014 county fair.

Fair from 3 Goodall said. Daily admission will be charged, with a discounted price planned for Sunday. One-day family passes, admitting up to five family members, and weekend ong, single-person passes also are offered. Exhibitors with animals must by a weekend pass since they are responsible for caring for their critters all weekend, Goodall said. Deadlines have passed for entering. A full slate of vendors, including the Omak Volunteer Fire Department’s popular ice cream booth, will be on hand, she said. One perennial vendor, Coffee Xpress, had to bow out because of scheduling conflicts but is on board to be back next year. Also gone is the Okanogan Kiwanis Club’s corn booth. The club decided earlier this summer not to participate because of a shortage of people to run the booth during the fair’s four-day run. But others, from Country Buns to a variety of burger, beverage and snack stands, will be back. A similar situation will occur in the Agriplex, where most of the commercial vendors will set up. Goodall said the few who dropped out because of the date change were quickly replaced by others. A new feature this year is a head and horns show coordinated by Okanogan taxidermist Shelby Hendershot. The show will be in the commercial building and will feature exhibits by Hendershot and others. The date change actually turned out well for some fair participants. Goodall said the delay took the Okanogan County Fair off the same weekend as Chelan County’s event, which will allow some of Chelan County’s FFA teams to join their Okanogan County counterparts for competitions. The ATM vendor also is pleased with the change, since he provides cash services to both fairs. Fair goers can expect the usual

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lineup of competitions, including horse, cattle, sheep, swine, cat, poultry, rabbit and other small animals, crafts, sewing, food preservation and photography; horticulture; Grange; 4-H; Girl Scouts and FFA. An alpaca exhibit also is expected. The market stock sale will be at 3 p.m. Saturday in the Berg Brothers Pavilion. The fur and feathers sale is at 1 p.m. Sunday. Two local teens are seeking the title of 2016 fair queen. Brisa Leep and Serenity Poletti are vying to succeed Lexee Howell, the 2015 queen. A pageant is planned for 7 p.m. Thursday with announcement of the winner at 2 p.m. Sunday on the Rotary Stage. See Page 7 for more. Other activities include rodeo and other horse competitions, Low Rider races, a truck and tractor pull, and horse racing. See Page 9 for more. A variety of entertainment also is planned. See Page. 6.

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at the Okanogan County Fair Thursday, Sept. 24 11 a.m. 11 a.m. 3 p.m. 3 p.m. 4 p.m. 5:30 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7:30 p.m.

Raptors L-Bow the Clown Raptors Davis Shows Northwest carnival L-Bow the Clown Good4U Fair queen pageant Fun Flix Rust on the Rails

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OKANOGAN — A full lineup of entertainment, from a clown to country-rock music for dancing, is planned at the Okanogan County Fair. Most entertainment will be on the Okanogan-Omak Rotary Stage at the north end of the grassy midway-food court area. Entertainers range from L-Bow the Clown to a raptor show to bands playing country, rock, folk, jazz and blues. Storyteller Dayton Edmonds, of Omak, rounds out the stage entertainment. The 2016 queen pageant will be at 7 p.m. Thursday, with the winner being named at 2 p.m. Sunday. Both events will be on the Rotary Stage.

Friday, Sept. 25 11 a.m. Noon 1 p.m. 1:30 p.m. 3 p.m. 3 p.m. 4:30 p.m. 6 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 9 p.m.

Owens Family L-Bow the Clown Raptors Gideon’s Daughter Davis Shows Northwest carnival Olivia de la Cruz L-Bow the Clown The Banner Days Gideon’s Daughter Olson Brothers Band

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The Company Band will play Saturday night for dancing and listening.

Saturday, Sept. 26 10 a.m. 11 a.m. Noon 1 p.m.

Davis Shows Northwest carnival The Banner Days Nicole Unser Pie, corn and watermelon eating contests 3 p.m. Davis Shows Northwest carnival 3 p.m. Raptors 3:30 p.m. Nicole Unser 5:30 p.m. Hippies on Vacation 7 p.m. Lead and Lace 9 p.m. The Company Band

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Cheerleaders offer children’s games OKANOGAN — The Okanogan High School cheerleaders will offer children’s games 11 a.m. Saturday at the south end of the fairgrounds. Activities include sack races, a tug of war, wheelbarrow races, shoe pile and hay scramble. “Last year the adults had as much fun as the kiddos,” cheer adviser Trisha Bradley said. Also planned by fair organizers are pie, corn and watermelon eating contests. The contests start at 1 p.m. Saturday at the south end of the fairgrounds. There is no entry fee required for any of the contests. —The Chronicle

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Two vie for 2016 fair queen title Leep, Poletti both seek opportunity to build friendships, share ag event By Brock Hires The Chronicle TONASKET — Two local teens with a passion for horses and photography are vying for the 2016 Okanogan County Fair queen title. “It’s going to be a hard decision for the three judges,” royalty adviser Katie MacLean said of candidates Brisa Leep and Serenity Poletti. “Either contestant would make a great queen.” Leep, a former Tonasket Founders Day Rodeo queen, said she is simply “stoked” to compete for the opportunity to represent the county fair. “Honestly, I love the fair,” she said. “I did the math and it doesn’t feel like it’s been eight years” participating at the fair. At age 19, Leep said she’s running for the queen title partially because it’s her last chance to try. “I love it (fair) dearly,” she said. She is the daughter of Bryce and Teri Leep of Spectacle Lake. This year, Leep said she will be show and enter her horse in gaming categories, and will enter photography exhibits. “I was supposed to have two (horses), but one cut himself all up,” she said. “I have seven or eight pictures that I’m entering.” Aside from her hobbies, Leep said she is currently taking online college courses and plans to attend

Wenatchee Valley College at Omak to earn an accounting degree. “When you’re involved with horses, they pretty much run your life,” she said. “But I honestly want to go into accounting.” If Leep is privileged enough to wear the fair crown next year, she said she’s most excited to travel across the Northwest and mingle with other royalty. “I love traveling around,” she said. “I’m super-excited to meet other royalty as well.” Similarly, Poletti said if she should be crowned queen, she’s anxious to build new friendships and represent Okanogan County’s rural agriculture and farming ethics. “If I got that, I would look most forward to meeting new people, new friendships,” Poletti said. “We are a small community and it would be nice to meet the people that I haven’t met yet and get a good grip on agriculture and how nice our county is.” Poletti, a 16-year-old Tonasket High School student, said that although she hasn’t been directly involved with the fair for a long time, she would like the opportunity to be a role model for youth throughout the region. “I haven’t been involved with the fair as much as Brisa has,” she said, although she showed a horse last year. “Growing up in a small community, I want to be a positive influence on others, as running for fair queen will do,” she said. When Poletti’s not in school, she said she enjoys volunteering for Fire District No. 7 (Riverside), since her father, Rob Poletti, is a former fire chief for the district. And while she enjoys fighting fire and is in the process of obtaining her Red Card, she has

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Fair Queen Lexee Howell, center, is flanked by 2016 title candidates Brisa Leep and Serenity Poletti. her eyes set on obtaining a farming degree. “I’m really big into FFA and I want to go to Oklahoma State (University) and get my ag business major,” she said. “It’s going to take a lot, but I’ve got two years left of (high) school.” Both Poletti and Leep credit local rancher Susan Cooksey for giving them the nudge to get into horsemanship. “Susan Cooksey got me involved,” Poletti said. Leep echoed her. “Susan Cooksey showed me how the whole fair thing” works. MacLean said the two will be judged before a panel and by

Howell nears end of reign The Chronicle TONASKET — After a year of wearing a sash atop her horse to promote the Okanogan County Fair, Queen Lexee Howell said she’s had a fun reign and is saddened that it is nearing an end. “It’s kind of sad that it’s almost over,” she said. At 17 years old, the Tonasket High School student said she has represented the county at a variety of events ranging from just south of the international border to the

Pateros area. “I feel honored to have been able to represent our fair this year at parades and community events across our county,” she said. “I tried to focus on county events. The Omak Twilight Parade was fun because I didn’t use my horse, I used a tractor.” Another highlight Howell recalls was the Omak Stampede, for which her sister, Breanna, was a queen two years ago. Howell said in her free time she enjoys being involved with school activities, including the Associated

Student Body, FFA and 4-H. This year at the fair she will be showing her horse, along with baking and a sewing entry. She encourages all to attend the fair and take in all the events. “There is something for everyone at the fair, no matter what your age,” she said. “The animal barns showcase the best livestock that Okanogan County has to offer. “The fair truly is for us all, from young to old.” She is the daughter of Kyle and Marcie Howell, Tonasket.

secret judges throughout the weekend. Other items on which they will be judged include their portfolios, personal interviews and on-stage presence. The pageant is set for 7 p.m. Thursday p.m. on the Rotary Stage, with a crowning ceremony planned for 2 p.m. Sunday at the same location on the fairgrounds,


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Celebrating past royalty 1981 Denice Laurie

1982 Cammy Byrd

1983 1984 Susan Cooksey Teresa McLean

1985 Stephanie Schertenleib

1986 Laurie Denney

1987 Nevada Jenkins

1988 Galena McLean

1990 Beth Witters

1989 Cheryl Kosewicz

1991 1992 Katlenia Tyrrell Jennifer Drader

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1993 Molly Dolgner

1994 Lori Swanberg

1996 Bonny Theis

1995 Kasey Allen

1997 Polly Hayse

1998 Sarah Chambers

1999 Shannon Anderson

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Dogs, stock and motor competitors will entertain county fair crowds Head and horns show is new addition to weekend lineup By Al Camp The Chronicle OKANOGAN – Plenty of sporting events are planned at this year’s Okanogan County Fair, from Low Rider dog races to highflying horse races, and from mutton bustin’ to truck and tractor pulling. Lots of the action centers around the grandstands and rodeo arena at the north end of the fairgrounds, 175 Rodeo Trail Road. Horse races, which include a $10,000 added purse, start at 1 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. Sunday. Between races will be dachshund Low Rider races that can be seen from the grandstands, and horse games in the arena. Riders can sign up for the horse races from 5-7 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the north end of the fairgrounds. Races include gate races at various distances, Indian relay, plus junior pony express, paint and Suicide Race horse events. Sponsors and donations are still being sought. More information is available from Carol Sivak at 509-557-9056. For stall reservations, contact Naomie Boesel at 509-322-8513. Between races will be horse games for children and adults, and the third annual Low Rider races for purebred dachshund dogs. The dog races start at 12:30 p.m. Saturday in a stretch between the track and arena, organizer Heather Neely said. The championship is planned for 2:30 p.m. Henry, owned by Pat and Marie Moore of Riverside, took first last year, winning a Smoker Marchand original sculpture of a life-sized dachshund. Marchand has pledged another sculpture again this year. “He’s not my dog, he’s Marie’s dog,” Pat Moore said. “He likes to play with a squeaky ball. He’s ingenious. He’s taught her all sorts of tricks and she’s a willing pupil.” “We work him together,” Marie Moore said. “You know he’s kind of a natural, actually. He’s a sprinter. He loves to chase the ball. We have a squeaky ball we throw and he brings it back. Sometimes you have to fight for it,

but usually he gives it to you. “He’s a pretty smart dog and pretty fast.” Henry, which is entered this year, was about 1 1/2 years old for last year’s races. He also stays in shape teasing his blind younger sister (different litter, same parents). “He’s really good to her but he likes to tease her, too. I am sure he knows she cannot see him. He runs by her and she runs after him. They are wonderful little dogs, loving and house broke.” When a cribbage board hits the table, Henry brings his ball right to Marie Moore’s side. He’s taught her to toss it down the hallway for him to fetch, Pat Moore said. “Marie is pretty good with her left-handed throws,” he said. “Her back is to the hallway when she throws.” Another trick Henry has taught Marie Moore is squeezing his ball under a davenport (or sink). “I get the yardstick and get it

out for him,” she said. “It’s fun, though. I don’t mind doing it.” About a dozen dogs entered last year to compete on a dirt course of about 150 to 200 feet. Any dog placing in the Top 3 in any of its heat races qualifies for the championship race, Neely said. As for the winning sculpture, Marie Moore said, “I have it sitting outside to get a little patina on it. It’s bigger than Henry, actually. It’s really, really nice. I really like it. I think it was a wonderful thing to give us as a prize.” She does bring the sculpture inside during the winter. “It’s excellent,” Pat Moore said. “It makes a lot of people look” because of its life-like appearance. Preregistration is required, which can be done at Omak Feed and Supply, 3 E. Dewberry St., Omak. There is a charge, with money raised going to No Paws Dog Rescue. New this year is the selling of commemorative T-shirts. Shirts

went only to volunteers last year. The shirt was designed by Neely and Brian Horner, who makes them at Heatstroke Screen Printing in Okanogan.

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Marie, left, and Pat Moore, show off winning dog Henry and their firstprize sculpture in 2014.






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Sports from 9 smoker tractors and pro-modified rigs with huge engines, is set for a 300-foot track starting at 7 p.m. Saturday. The show will include many of the professional entries last seen at the Tonasket pull this summer, organizer Roger Sawyer said. They include smoker tractors and pro-modified with big engines from Washington, Oregon and Idaho. Local entries competing in vintage tractor plus gas or diesel classes can sign up at 5 p.m. at the starting line in front of the grandstands. The pros will compete Friday night at the Spokane Interstate Fair before heading to Okanogan. “That group of individuals (pros and smokers) want to do something for the fire victims, so they wanted to come over and put a show on,” Sawyer said. “They are doing it for the fair at no cost. The fair is getting a very expensive show for the fairgrounds. Buy a fair ticket and you can watch the show. “They are trying to boost the gate for the fair and also give people a little bit more entertainment.” Sawyer won’t know how many will be coming this way until he meets with them at the Interstate Fair. “A lot of them are saying they are going to bring their stuff here. It should be a heck of a good show.” More information is available from Sawyer at 509-429-8036. ◆◆◆◆◆ A ranch rodeo is planned for 7 p.m. Thursday and a bulls and barrel night for 7 p.m. Friday in the rodeo arena. The ranch rodeo will include team branding and working class horse competitions, spokesman Trampas Stucker said. Preregistration is required. For barrels, contact Wendy Wolfe at 509-486-4400. For the bulls and ranch rodeo, contact Stucker at 509-486-1012. ◆◆◆◆◆ Mutton bustin’ for youngsters weighing 55 pounds or less is planned Thursday through Sunday at the south end of the grounds. Times are 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. Thursday; 11:30 a.m., 4 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Friday; 11:30 a.m., 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. Saturday; and a Sunday morning session, for which a time has yet to be set. The finals, limited to 15 entries, will be at 12:30 p.m. Sunday. Signups start around noon.

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Racers round the first turn during horse racing at the 2014 Okanogan County Fair. The races will return for this year’s event. Sign-ups are about 15 minutes before each competition, presented by Wool Busters from Sweet Home, Ore. Owner Frank Rendon also plans to bring his “Legendary Longhorns,” which he rides. ◆◆◆◆◆ A head and horn exhibit and competition also is planned during the fair. It will be in the Commercial Building. Registration is online at the fair website. Okanogan taxidermist Shelby

Hendershot is organizing the show. “We’ve never done it before,” said Stucker, who plans to enter a deer head. “I’m pretty excited about that. “There is no additional cost to see them. Normally you pay to get into a fair and then into a head and horn show. “Here, you pay to get into the fair and you get into the head and horn show, too.” Ribbons will be awarded, Stucker said.

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Okanogan County Fair We Open Wednesday the 23rd for Lunch & Dinner! September 23rd-27th, 2015 See you there at our Fair!! Breakfast Buns! Lunch Buns! Dinner Buns!

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Market stock sale gives youngsters return for work Fair officials adjust allowable animal weights because of fire-related delay The Chronicle

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Becca Hawley of Okanogan leads her market steer during the 2014 Okanogan County Fair.

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OKANOGAN – Youngsters who raised market steers, hogs and lambs will sell their critters at 3 p.m. in the Berg Brothers Pavilion at the Okanogan County Fairgrounds, 175 Rodeo Trail Road. Animal weights were adjusted because of the two-week delay in the fair. Fair officials figured some animals would be heavier than the maximum weight or would have lost weight because of the stress of being relocated because of fire evacuations. New weights are: • Swine – Minimum 210 pounds; maximum 320 pounds. • Lambs – Minimum 100 pounds; no maximum weight. • Steers – Maximum packer

weight is 1,600 pounds; packer will subtract 10 cents per pound for weights heavier than 1,600 pounds. Bidders have a choice of paying full price and taking the animal home, or paying support only — the difference between the packer price and the bid price — and sending the critter to the packer. The sale gives youngsters the opportunity to make a return on their investment in the animals. Bidding information and packer prices will be available at

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the sale. Anyone can bid; the sale attracts individuals, businesses and clubs supporting youth activities. Spectators also are welcome at the sale, which generally lasts several hours. Last year’s sale featured 203 animals, with bidders paying more than $340,000. The sale, in the Berg Brothers Pavilion, features blue, red and white ribbon steers, pigs and lambs shown by youngsters in 4-H, FFA and junior open categories.


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