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Menze Pickering throws her hat into ring for 2013 Fair Queen crown By Gary A. DeVon Managing Editor Menze Pickering has set her sights on the crown of Okanogan County Fair Queen for 2013 and it's a lock as she is the only candidate this year. The sixteen-year-old is the daughter of Rick and Lisa Pickering of Oroville and first exhibited at the fair with her homemade baked goods a half dozen years ago. "I started with baked items and have done a lot of sewing," she said. "Four years ago I started showing my horse Splash and have been doing so ever since." The fair queen candidate says she got interested in horses when she was a little girl. "My mom used to have a horse and when I was younger I just liked horses. Then I took riding lessons and then finally got a horse of my

own," said the candidate, who took lessons from Crystal Millohland at John and Delores Shaw's ranch south of Oroville. She keeps her horse nearby at JoAnne Thorndike's and rides as often as she can, Menze says. "She's got a very nice indoor and outdoor arena," said the future fair queen, who is a member of FFA at Oroville High School. She is also part of the photography and American Sign Language clubs. Her favorite subjects at school are English, as well as Science. She's also in band and plays the clarinet and the flute. "I really like being in the band," she said. "I also am on the tennis team and do basketball cheer." Menze has an older sister, Tosca, who is 17-years-old and her grandparents are lo-

cal to the area, as are many cousins. Just because she is the only candidate this year doesn't mean Menze gets to slide on the requirements for fair queen candidates. "They still make you do the speech, answer the impromptu question and the private interview," she said. When she is crowned Menze will represent the Okanogan County Fair, not only at fair time, but at various rodeos and parades around the region, as well as at different county fairs. "I want to be queen because I have been showing my horse at the fair for four years and I like the fair so much I figured this is the next step. The only requirement is that you are queen at the actual fair, but most queens go to the rodeos in the county, as well as parades."

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My name is Callie Barker and I am excited to be this year’s 2012 Okanogan County Fair Queen! I would like to extend a warm invitation to everyone to participate in and attend this year’s Okanogan County Fair. The theme I have chosen for this year’s fair is “Hometown Pride Spread County Wide.” Our communities come together from all corners of Okanogan County to proudly display their grand entries. It is an amazing once a year treat for everyone to enjoy. My past year representing the fair has been absolutely incredible. It is such an honor to be able to represent an event

that I have grown up with for the past 14 years and hold very close to my heart. Throughout the year I traveled to almost all of the events throughout the Okanogan Valley, as well as some at greater distances. I had a great time everywhere I went but some major highlights were: carrying the new Okanogan County Fair flag that my mom and I made for the Omak Stampede Parade of Flags and representing the fair in the many parades throughout the valley. One of the biggest highlights of my summer was my senior project. It was my goal to give back to the fair, so for my senior project I repainted the exterior walls of the horse barn at the Okanogan County Fair. I also painted silhouettes representing the different disciplines of horse riding on each

section of the walls. I encourage everyone to come take a look at my work during this year’s fair! I owe a huge thank you to Ace Hardware in Omak for their large donation of paint, The Home Depot in Omak for supplies and Hamilton Farm Equipment for equipment. I also owe the biggest thank you to my parents, Terri and Phil Barker for their incredible support. They were there every step of the way and I could not have done this without them. I look forward to seeing everyone this year at the 65th annual Okanogan County Fair! Come down and enjoy the great family atmosphere with friends and family. Together we can all share the “Hometown Pride that is Spread County Wide.”

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By Gary A. DeVon Managing Editor OKANOGAN – Along with the time-honored traditions of exhibits of everything from canned beets to market steers, fry bread and other good things to eat and the carnival rides, there’s a lot of new things to see at the Okanogan County Fair, according to Maurice Goodall with the fair board. “There are several new things, Thursday is kids’ day and we have a Birds of Prey exhibit and the Girl Scouts will be showing how to make Slime,” said Goodall. “There will also be mutton bustin’ on an arena on the grass that has been all ‘padded-up’ for the kids. In fact the Wool Busters will be there all four days, with a little rodeo and mutton bustin’ up to three different times on Thursday.” He said the PUD demonstration will also be going on Thursday and the FFA will be having tractor driving. The Davis Shows Northwest Carnival opens at 3 p.m. The Bamboozle Magic Show also takes place all day, according to Goodall. The Fair Queen Pageant takes place on the stage beginning at 6:30 p.m. (see stories on Queen Callie and candidate Menze). And, in addition to the Travl’n Opry and other music throughout the day, Scott Krippayne takes the stage at 7:30 p.m. “He’s a Christian singer and he’s got a lot of songs out there. Listening to him I realize I’ve heard some of his songs on the radio. He’s well known and I hope he gathers a crowd,” said Goodall. On Friday Bamboozle and Travl’n Opry are back, as is the PUD Demonstration. Then at noon the comedy and singing team of Stoddard and Cole take the stage.

“If you haven’t heard of them you should look them up on YouTube,” recommends Goodall. At 1 p.m. there will be a GPS Map and Compass Workshop starting behind the stage (bring your own GPS or one will be provided). Also new for this year will he a Tractor and Truck Pull at the grandstands. It’s sponsored by Sawyer and Sawyer of Tonasket Tractor and Truck Pull fame. “It’s for local entry and open to whomever wants to come down and show their muscle,” Goodall said. “We’re having a sled built just for the event.” The Market Livestock Sale begins at 3 p.m. That evening, Stoddard and Cole return and open for the band Good For You with Lonnie and Theresa Good. There’s more Travl’n Opry and Bamboozle Magic on Saturday, as well as Mutton Bustin’, which is followed by a Greased Pig Scramble. Another chance to check out the GPS Map and Compass Workshop, and of course the horse races, which begin at 1 p.m. Stoddard and Cole open for Night Riders who will perform for the dance on Saturday night. “If everything works out right we will have a pie eating contest Saturday and an old car, truck and tractor parade and show,” said Goodall. “And we will have the Tractor and Truck Pull on Saturday, as well.” Sunday, there will be the FHA Hay Bale Flop Contest at 9 a.m., Cowboy Church at 9:30 p.m. The Parade of Champions takes place at 10.m. and the Fair Queen Coronation between 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. when the fair closes. Many of the events take place over all or several days, check out the schedule in this Fair Special to find start times for events and exhibits, advises Goodall.


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By Gary A. DeVon Managing Editor OROVILLE - Sammie Walimaki, who turned 14-years-old last Friday, is a seasoned veteran of the Okanogan County Fair and is entering her pony Billy this year. "I started out with bunnies, but as I got older I was able to handle horses," she said. "I've showed for several years said the Chesaw girl, I'm taking my pony Billy, which my brother used to show before he got into the pig business." Last year the teenager won the All Around Gaming

on her pony. This event includes competing in key races, Texas barrels, pole bending, two barrel flag race and the Idaho Figure 8 race, according to Walimaki. Sammie gets lots of practice with Billy, especially in barrel racing, competing in rodeos and other horse events around the state during the weekends. "I've been participating in rodeos nearly every weekend, I've only had two weekends off this summer," she said. She's off to Othello to compete this weekend, as well -- a good tune up before the upcoming Okanogan County Fair in September.

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By Brent Baker bbaker@gazette-tribune.com TONASKET - This spring, Carter, Jade and Chase Barroca's pigs weighed somewhere between 35 and 45 pounds. With the Okanogan County Fair less than two weeks away, the pigs tip the scales at about 255 pounds and the kids are hoping to repeat the success they had at the 2011 fair. Carter, age 9, showed at his first fair last year and had a blue ribbon market hog, earned a blue ribbon for fitting and showing and came home $641 richer. Jade, age 8, and Chase, age 6, last year shared a pig (they were too young to sell) and were wildly successful in their first effort, winning reserve grand champion feeder hog, grand champion for

fitting and showing in their age group and reserve grand champion herdshmanship in the big barn for their age group. "We had a little beginner's luck," said their mom, Sherrie Barroca. "We're trying to lower expectations a bit. We'd be really happy with blue ribbons, because that doesn't happen very often." Carter's pig this year is Shadow. "Pigs are calm, they're easy to feed, because you only have to do it morning and night," he said. "I like to play with my pigs, to get them to like me. When I scratch them on their bellies and their ears. They really like that. Shadow likes to shake his head when I rub his belly." Carter said he walks and feeds his pig through his family's orchard, as well as turning on misters to keep




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them cool and give the pigs mud to roll around in. "I'm excited to show at the fair. Last year I had a lot of fun doing it." Jade will be raising her own pig Jigsaw - this year as she's now old enough to sell. Jigsaw broke one of the orchard sprinklers on one of the pigs' daily walks, but Jade didn't seem to concerned. "Last year my pig was really, really wild," she said. "But when we got to fair it was really fun. I could even sit on it or lay on it." Jade added that Jigsaw likes snorting in the mud puddles, running and bucking. "I'm hoping that I get a blue ribbon," she said. "I got three trophies last year." Chase will be on his own this year, but still is too young to sell his pig. Chase named his pig Blue Moon, "because has a blue butt," he said. "He's kind of crazy. He likes to run a lot, and then he drops and lays in the mud. "I really like getting trophies and ribbons," he said. "But what I want the most is Grand Champion." Of course, everyone would. To that end, the kids have been feeding their Yorkshire / Hampshire cross pigs about three pounds of pig grain twice a day, at least currently. The amount has varied as the pigs


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OROVILLE – Four Oroville area girls, two sets of sisters – Lexie and Brielle Wahl and Sydney and Erica Breshears - have varied experiences and reasons why they enjoy exhibiting animals at the fair. The oldest, Lexie, is 13, and has been raising animals to exhibit at the fair for seven years. “The fair is a cool experience, I like being in the show ring,” said Lexie, who first started raising rabbits, then progressed to cats, then a horse, a goat and this year will be showing a steer and a goat. “We raise cattle, but I have raised pigs, rabbits, horses, goats and chickens. My favorite to raise is a steer,” she said. “My favorite part about raising animals is the experience and to look at what an amazing thing I have accomplished.” She says she has gotten attached to her animals before, but has learned over the years that you can’t get too attached because in the end you have to sell them. Lexie’s steer is named Patches and he eats alfalfa hay, grains like wheat, corn and barley – two buckets of grain and a half bale of hay a day, she said. Her advice for a young fair exhibiter raising their Open Mon.-Thur. 8 to 7pm

first animal: “Care for it like you would a baby, give it a lot of attention and don’t get frustrated with it when it doesn’t do what you want it to do.” Her younger sister Brielle is eight-years-old and has been raising animals for the fair for four years. She started with a cat her first year, then a chick and has entered goats the last two. She has experience raising cows, chickens, dogs, horses and goats, she says. And goats are her favorite animal to raise. Her goat is named Rodney and he eats “grain and hay and two leafs a day.” “The best part (about raising an animal) is playing with them as they are lots of fun,” said Brielle, adding that she tends to get attached to them. Brielle’s favorite thing about the fair is getting ribbons and her advice to a young fair exhibitor is “to take very good care of your animals.” Sydney Breshears is 12-years-old and she says her favorite thing about going to the fair is that she gets to meet new people and gets to have fun with her family. She has been raising animals for the fair for three years, starting with chickens, then a calf and now a steer named “T-Bone.” Cows are Sydney’s favorite animal to raise and her favorite part of raising them is that you get to see the calf being born and then you get to take the animal to the fair. - Over 35 years experience -

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T-Bone eats two buckets of grain and a half bale of hay a day, according to Sydney. She too gets attached to her animals, especially the steer and her dogs. Her advice to a young fair exhibitor in their first year? “I would say make sure they have the right amount of food, water and love. Also, have fun,” she said. “Have fun and be careful.” Nine-year-old Erica Breshears’ favorite part of the fair is “making new friends.” She is in her third year at the fair and has exhibited chickens and goats in the past. She has also raised

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