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A supplement to The Omak-Okanogan County Chronicle • Sept. 3, 2014

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Fair: New events, traditional favorites Registration is closed, but more contests are offered The Chronicle OKANOGAN – This weekend’s Okanogan County Fair gets under way at 9 a.m. Thursday and continues until 3 p.m. Sunday, with plenty of animals, food, competitions and visiting squeezed in between. Deadlines for registering exhibits have passed, but folks with

a competitive spirit still can get in on the fun with children’s mutton bustin’, horse racing, a photography scavenger hunt, “spuds in a bucket” potato-growing contest, and other activities. Those who registered exhibits can bring their entries to the fairgrounds between noon and 8 p.m. today, Wednesday, although times may be different for specific entries. Once the fair is over, entries can be picked up starting at 3 p.m. Sunday. Admission will be charged to get into the fair. Weekend passes are

available. Children age 5 and younger are admitted free. There’s no fee to exhibit. The new Fair Advisory Board, seated in June, plans a variety of new activities and entertainment to go with traditional favorites. Thursday brings a full day of competition for animals ranging from rabbits to horses. Animal showing, produce judging and the queen competition will be that day. Friday brings more equestrian events, and poultry, sheep and cat fitting and showing. Saturday activities include round robin fitting and showing,

livestock and agronomy judging and the best-dressed rabbit contest. Davis Shows Northwest Carnival runs all weekend, as does the mutton bustin’ competition. Other activities include a truck and tractor pull at 7 p.m. Friday, team roping and barrel racing at noon Saturday, horse racing and low rider (dachshund) racing at 1 p.m. Saturday, a rodeo at 7 p.m. Saturday, and horse racing and a children’s horse play day at noon Sunday. The market stock sale will be at

3 p.m. Saturday in the Berg Brothers Pavilion. A fur and feathers auction is at 1 p.m. Sunday in the same location. The parade of champions will be at 10 a.m. Sunday at the south end of the grounds near the small animal barns. Royalty coronation is at 2 p.m. Sunday on the new OkanoganOmak Rotary Club stage at the north end of the food court. Various entertainers, including a strolling ventriloquist, will perform all weekend.

Games planned Youngers of all ages can participate The Chronicle OKANOGAN — Children’s games are planned from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the grassy area between the Berg Brothers Pavilion and the Rabbit Barn. The activities aren’t just for the younger generations — events for adults also are planned. Age groups include under 5 years old, 6-8, 9-11 and 12 and over, including adults. There’s no charge to participate. Winners will receive ice cream from the Omak Fire Department booth. Each participant will receive a prize, co-organizer Trisha Bradley said. Games include tug of war, sack races, cherry spitting, boot scramble, three-legged and wheelbarrow races, straw pile, Western wear dress-up and possibly others.




Porkers hang out in the Berg Brothers Pavilion during the 2013 fair. Market swine, steers and lambs will be sold at 3 p.m. Saturday during the annual stock sale.


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Fair entertainment All day 11:30 a.m. Noon 1 p.m. 2:30 p.m. 3 p.m. 4 p.m. 5:45 p.m. After pageant

Thursday, Sept. 4 Jerry Breeden, strolling puppets PUD demonstration Jerry Breeden, ventriloquist Jerry Breeden, ventriloquist The Wicks Davis Shows Northwest Carnival Good4U Band Royalty pageant Sammy Steele Band

Fairgrounds Grassy area Rotary stage Small animal barns Rotary stage South end Rotary stage Rotary stage Rotary stage

All day 11 a.m. Noon 1 p.m. 3 p.m. 3 p.m. 4:30 p.m. 6 p.m. 8:30 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 5 Jerry Breeden, strolling puppets PUD demonstration Jerry Breeden, ventriloquist Okanogan Bluegrass Co. Local youth musicians Davis Shows Northwest Carnival Midnight Run Barry Black Love Stitch

Fairgrounds Grassy area Rotary stage Rotary stage Rotary stage South end Rotary stage Rotary stage Rotary stage

All day 11 a.m. 11:30 a.m. Noon 3 p.m. 3 p.m. 4 p.m. 6 p.m. 8 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 6 Jerry Breeden, strolling puppets Kids games Mutton bustin’ John Jones, fiddler Jerry Breeden, ventriloquist Davis Shows Northwest Carnival The Wicks Good4U The Olson Brothers

Fairgrounds South end South end Rotary stage Rotary stage South end Rotary stage Rotary stage Rotary stage

8 a.m. 10 a.m. 2 p.m.

Sunday, Sept. 7 Cowboy church services Rotary stage Davis Shows Northwest Carnival South end Royalty coronation – Rotary stage

Fair brings entertainment The Chronicle OKANOGAN – Children of all ages will find more activities to keep them entertained at the 2014 fair. Aside from the usual carnival, a gamut of kids’ games will be featured at the fair, courtesy of many sponsors and volunteers. Fair Advisory Board member Naomie Boesel said this is part of her vision to improve the fair, both for her family and others. Boesel is excited to see her two children, ages 4 and 6, get to do so much. She said she has more ideas, which will be coming next year, and welcomes more ideas from the public. Meanwhile, the public has been supportive, and she has nearly 100 percent sponsorship for a variety of events. A variety of entertainers have been arranged this year, with nearly non-stop activity planned on the new Okanogan-Omak Rotary Club stage at the north end of the food court. The lineup includes ventriloquist Jerry Brenden, The Wicks, Good4U, Sammy Steele, youth musicians, Okanogan Bluegrass Co., Midnight Run,

A youngster shows his delight while riding a carousel horse during the 2013 Okanogan County Fair. Al Camp/The Chronicle

Barry Black, Love Stitch, John Jones, The Olson Brothers and royalty selection.

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Here’s what’s happening at the fair Thursday, Sept. 4 9 a.m. All day 9 a.m. 9 a.m. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

10 a.m. 11 a.m. 11:30 a.m. Noon Noon 1 p.m. 1 p.m. 1 p.m. 2:30 p.m. 3 p.m. 4 p.m. 4:30 p.m. 5:30 p.m. 5:45 p.m. 6 p.m. 6:30 p.m. 6:30 p.m.

Fairgrounds open to public Jerry Breeden, strolling puppets Fairgrounds Market swine judging South end Rabbit judging Rabbit Barn Horse classes Intermediate and adult horse fitting North Arena and showing Adult riding and halter classes North Arena Intermediate riding classes North Arena Senior and junior fitting and showing South Arena Youth halter classes South Arena Senior and junior riding classes South Arena Produce judging contest South of Arts and Crafts Building Mutton bustin’ South end PUD demonstration Jerry Breeden, ventriloquist Rotary stage FFA tractor driving Infield Bottle baby calf show Beef show ring Market lamb judging South end Jerry Breeden, ventriloquist Small animal barns area The Wicks Rotary stage Davis Shows Northwest Carnival Behind grandstand Good4U Band Rotary stage Sheep fitting and showing South end demonstration Little people fitting and showing, sheep South end Royalty pageant Rotary stage Lads and lassies, sheep South end Mutton bustin’ South end Cat type classes, fashion show Cat Barn

6:30 p.m. After pageant 10 p.m.

Youth horsemanship Sammy Steele Band Fairgrounds closed to public

Large Arena Rotary stage

Friday, Sept. 5 9 a.m. All day 9 a.m. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

11 a.m. 11 a.m. 11:30 a.m. Noon 1 p.m. 1 p.m. 1 p.m. 3 p.m. 3 p.m. 4:15 p.m. 4:30 p.m. 4:30 p.m. 5 p.m. 6 p.m. 6:30 p.m. 6:30 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m.

Fairgrounds open to public Jerry Breeden, strolling puppets Rabbit, livestock fitting and showing Horse classes Horse Trail classes (all ages) Youth Western classes English classes Driving classes PUD demonstration Poultry fitting and showing Mutton bustin’ Jerry Breeden, ventriloquist Poultry and sheep fitting and showing Okanogan Bluegrass Co. Bottle baby calf show Local youth musicians Davis Shows Northwest Carnival Mutton bustin’ Midnight Run Dynamic duos (sheep) competition Adult fitting and showing, sheep Barry Black Mutton bustin’ Cat fitting and showing classes Truck and tractor pull Rabbit agility

Fairgrounds South end North Arena South Arena south arena south arena grassy area Poultry Barn South end Rotary stage South end Rotary stage Beef show ring Rotary stage South end South end Rotary stage South end South end Rotary stage South end Cat Barn Grandstands Rabbit Barn

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Love Stitch Fairgrounds closed to public

Rotary stage

Saturday, Sept. 6 8 a.m. to noon 9 a.m. 9 a.m. All day 10 a.m. 10 a.m. to noon 11 a.m. 11 a.m. 11 a.m. 11:30 a.m. Noon Noon

Horse gaming Fairgrounds open to public Livestock judging, agronomy judging Jerry Breeden, strolling puppets Round robin fitting and showing contests, small animals Photography scavenger hunt Round robin fitting and showing contests, large animals Best-dressed rabbit contest Kids races, games Mutton bustin’ John Jones, fiddler Okanogan Roping Club team roping and women’s barrels

Both arenas South end Fairgrounds South end Start in Arts and Crafts Building South end Rabbit Barn South end South end Rotary stage Rodeo Arena

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Horse races Low rider racing Poultry costume contest Jerry Breeden, ventriloquist Market livestock sale Davis Shows Northwest Carnival The Wicks Mutton bustin’ Good4U Rabbit agility contest Rodeo Fair queen autograph signing The Olson Brothers Fairgrounds closed to public

Grandstands Grandstands Poultry Barn Rotary stage Berg Brothers Pavilion South end Rotary stage South end Rotary stage Rabbit Barn Grandstands Next to Rotary stage Rotary stage

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Race participants move around the track in a 2013 walk-trotrun event.

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1 p.m. 1 p.m. 2 p.m. 3 p.m. 3 p.m. 3 p.m. 4 p.m. 5 p.m. 6 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. After rodeo 8 p.m. 11 p.m.

8 a.m. 8 a.m. 9 a.m. 10 a.m. 10 a.m. Noon Noon Noon 12:30 a.m. 1 p.m. 2 p.m. 3 p.m.

Awards Cowboy church services Fairgrounds open to public Parade of champions Davis Shows Northwest Carnival Horse races Kids horse playday Sign-ups for mutton bustin’ finals 55-pound weight limit Mutton bustin’ (belt buckle finals) Fur and Feather Auction Royalty coronation Fairgrounds closed to public

Rabbit Barn Rotary stage Rotary stage South end Grandstand Rodeo Arena

South end Berg Brothers Pavilion Rotary stage

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Ryan Anderson takes a wild riding during the 2013 fair rodeo. Competition also starts at 1 p.m. for team roping, followed by barrel racing in the rodeo arena across from the grandstand, organizer Denece Ralston said. Entries will be taken from 9:3010 a.m. in the infield behind the

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Saturday Horse races and other competitions near the grandstand start at 1 p.m. Weekend races include the Johnny Cook Memorial, Red Abel Memorial and Scooter Pakootas Derby, which replaced the Keith Davis Derby, Boesel said. Expected are five quarter horse races each day, she said. Signup for Saturday races will be from 5-7 p.m. Friday at the north gate. Signups for Sunday horse races out of gates will be 5-7 p.m. Saturday. The purse for the Top 3 horses has increased to $7,000 for the weekend, Boesel said. The final lineups will be determined after signups the prior evening, she said.

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organizer Roger Sawyer said of entries. “Anyone can come and pull,” he said. “You pay admission at the gate for the fair then come to the pulling area to signup.” Roger or Lori Sawyer will be doing signups starting around 4:30 p.m. Friday prior to racing. “Usually rigs come in the north entrance,” Roger Sawyer said. There is a hook-up fee, which will be used to pay the Top 3 in each class. Besides regional pullers, which include those who competed at Tonasket earlier this summer, Sawyer expects some rigs from Spokane will show up for the fun. “There could be a fairly big rig, a smoker tractor and some heavy diesel class pickups,” he said. “The Purple People Eater (a tractortrailer puller) will be there.” Races are between the horse race track and rodeo arena in front of the grandstands. There will payment from hookup fees to the Top 3 in each class. “It will give those guys bragging rights,” Sawyer said. Signups will be near the north entrance Friday for adult horse racing on Saturday and children’s races for Saturday and Sunday. Signups for Saturday horse races out of gates will be 5-7 p.m. Friday, said entertainment chairwoman Naomie Boesel. Also from 5-7 p.m., entries will be taken on the arena infield for children’s races Saturday and Sunday, said organizer Mel Ives. Races include walk-trot-run for various age groups and “plug” quarter mile races for shorter ponies. “We will have pony races if we get enough ponies,” Ives said. “I have a tape and will be measuring the ponies.”

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Sunday from 7 “It’s the same as always,” she said of rules. “It’s been this way for years.” There is a charge to compete. Low rider races for dachshund dogs will be competed between horse races on the track, entertainment Boesel said. Those wishing to enter can contact Mary Swayze at 509-4225704 or enter at Omak Feed and Supply, 3 W. Dewberry Ave., Omak. “We are planning five or six races,” Boesel said. A rodeo starts at 7 p.m. in the arena, organized by Trampas Stucker of Tonasket. Events include ranch saddle bronc riding, bulls, miniature bulls and cows, team roping and barrel racing. Anyone can enter the team roping and barrel racing, Stucker said, noting many of those competing in the afternoon stay for the evening rodeo. There also will be steer stopping, which is open to all women and males age 17 or younger, Stucker said. Team trailer loading is open to the first five teams signing up, he said. Those wishing to compete can contact Stucker at 509-486-1012. Entries also will be taken Saturday at the rodeo office behind the bucking chutes. Sunday Kids Play Day starts at noon across from the grandstand, Ives said. Events include cowhide races

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Young competitors head down the home stretch during the 2013 fair. and egg races. “We are hoping to have a couple races like they used to have back in the day,” she said. “Like the sweetheart race and stick horse races for the little guys.” There is no entry fee. Contestants must be age 18 and younger. There will be various age groups competing between horse races. Horse races and other competitions near the grandstand start at 1 p.m. A junior pony express race, for those ages 7 to 14, is planned during horse racing, Ives said. Signup is 5-7 p.m. Friday at the north gate. “This is not the Indian relay,” Ives said. “You have to have a saddle.”

The Indian relay will be the final horse competition Sunday, sometime after 3 p.m., Boesel said. A wild cow riding competition pitting six teams is planned for sometime Sunday afternoon in the rodeo arena, she said. Calcutta will be before the competition, which includes two men and a woman trying to saddle a cow and ride it across the rodeo arena. Half of the proceeds will go to Community Action for victims of the Carlton Complex fire and half to the winning team, Boesel said. “This will be with all the kids events,” Boesel said. “We are hoping this will pick up attendance Sunday. We thought this would be fun.”

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By Brock Hires The Chronicle OKANOGAN – The fairgrounds have seen many changes throughout the years, and this year is no exception. The main entertainment stage, photography exhibit and home economics area are expected to sport new looks. “We’re getting everything all cleaned up,” maintenance manager Maurice Goodall said. He said one of the most noticeable changes this year is the location of the main stage. “This stage is moved from the normal spot because of the storm last year,” he said adding the stage was temporarily repaired for last year’s fair following a windstorm. A new, portable stage has been donated by the Okanogan-Omak Rotary Club. It will be located by Jones Hall at the north end of the food court. The photography area is expected to see some changes, too. “We’re just going to do it totally different” this year, Photography Superintendent Sheila Corson said. The former blue pegboards are now being swapped for new, suspended boards. Corson said the main reason for the change is simply because the older, accordion style pegboards are falling apart. The new boards will be suspended on chains and sit atop red, painted apple boxes. “I think it’ll look really nice,” she said. “We’re going to be assembling them really easy; pull a few screws out and we’re good.” Frames will no longer be accepted with photo entries either. Corson said year after year, frames break, making shattered glass a hazard. Photos will be clothes pinned on a piece of string against a burlap background. “It’ll be nice to have a new look in there,” she said. “I think it will still look pro, but it’ll look rustic. I’d sit there and be trying to fix frames but I couldn’t make it work. That was taking hours.” Corson said this year will be an experiment. She’s aware not everyone supports the idea and, if need be, she may go back to accepting frames in the future. “Some people are like, ‘What, no frames?’ If it doesn’t work out, we can go back next year,” she said.

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Members of 4-H participate in a pre-fair shooting sports competition Aug. 16 at the Okanogan Wildlife Council range. “It’s hard for judges to get past frames. I want people to judge on the photo not the frame.” She said another noticeable improvement will be the display cases in the home economics area. “The home economics area is definitely going through some major improvements,” she said. “A lot of the glass has been chipped or completely shattered. They’re switching out those cases for shelving.” Goodall said numerous other, smaller repairs are being made throughout the fairgrounds. This year there will be electricity and water for campers


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Cleveland reflects on year as queen Washington State University student will wrap up reign with annual fair By Brock Hires The Chronicle OKANOGAN – Miranda Cleveland has proudly worn a crown atop her cowboy hat for the past year while representing the Okanogan County Fair and is anticipating this weekend. “It’s been a lot of fun,” said Cleveland, 18. “I’ve done so much; it’s just been crazy” From rodeos, to parade and celebrations, Cleveland has traveled around representing the Okanogan County Fair. “I’ve been to eight parades, a dozen rodeos and three coronations,” Cleveland said. “Lots of those were multiple-day events. I had a lot of fun over the Fourth of July weekend,” she said adding she

attended three parades that weekend. Royalty adviser Madison Shellenbarger said Cleveland has done an outstanding job. “Miranda has represented the fair very well,” Shellenbarger said. “She’s really great to work with, too. She has made it to a variety of areas in the county.” Shellenbarger said the queen is required to attend the fair, but may go to other events throughout the year. “I recommend they cover a broad area of events. I let them chose what they want to represent,” she said. “But they’re only required to attend the fair.” Cleveland is the daughter of Chad and Marnee Cleveland and is a 2014 graduate of Okanogan High School and Running Start at Wenatchee Valley College at Omak. She attends Washington State University and hopes to major in animal sciences. “My hopes are to become a veterinarian,” she said.

As queen, Cleveland’s other duties this year at the fair will include putting a display together in the Grange building, meeting and greeting spectators and giving speeches for both the pageant and coronation ceremonies Thursday and Sunday, respectively. She will show a horse, miniature horse, market lamb and exhibits in the 4-H building. “I’ve shown horses for five years, market lamb for 10 years and still life exhibits for 10 years,” Cleveland said. Though her reign is nearing an end, Cleveland said she doesn’t regret a single minute of it and is looking forward to what this year’s fair has in store. “It’s definitely been worth it, I’ve grown confidence-wise,” she said. “There’s so much new stuff going on this year,” she said. “We have costume contests, all the entertainment is just fantastic; kids games and all that awesome stuff going on.”

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Two girls seek 2015 fair queen title Royalty pageant set for 5:45 p.m. Thursday of fair By Brock Hires The Chronicle OKANOGAN – Two teenagers are seeking the 2015 Okanogan County Fair queen crown. Lexee Howell and Lilly White are vying for the title now held by Miranda Cleveland of Okanogan. Candidates must be ages 15-19 as of Sept. 1, enrolled in high school, a current and past fair participant, and single and childless throughout the reign, royalty adviser Madison Shellenbarger said. “They are judged in four areas,” Shellenbarger said. “Pageant, personal interviews, portfolios and a secret judge.” The pageant is set for 5:45 p.m. Thursday on the fair stage. Contestants will give prepared speeches and answer impromptu questions about the county and themselves. The coronation ceremony will be at 2 p.m.

Sunday on the fair stage. White, 17, is the daughter of Paul and Erica White. She lives in Twisp and is a senior at Liberty Bell High School. White has said she’s been a fair participant for 11 or 12 years. In past years, she has shown rabbits, market swine and horses. She is a member in the Methow Valley Cascaders 4-H Club. In her free time she enjoys playing the violin. “I love the fair,” White said. “I was Methow Valley Rodeo queen; it’s a really fun, new experience.” Howell, 16, is the daughter of Kyle and Marcie Howell, and is a junior at Tonasket High School. She is a member of the Range Riders 4-H Club and a member of FFA. She is also the Associated Student Body treasurer for her class. She has been showing animals and articles at the fair for nine years. “I’ve shown rabbits, photos, quilts, cooking, welding,” Howell said. In her free time, she said she enjoys “rodeo, cooking and shopping.”

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We would like to invite all the businesses who participated with us in the 2013 livestock market back again this year. See you at the fair! )


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Welcome to the Okanogan County Fair 2014  

Your guide to the 2014 Okanogan County Fair.

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