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The Kitsap County fair, always a favorite Exhibits, animals, food, entertainment and rides — it’s all at the Kitsap County Fair & Stampede By LESLIE KELLY


t’s the 93rd year for a fair in Kitsap County. And throughout the years, the fair has been a place for local residents to celebrate what makes Kitsap County great. The Kitsap County Fair & Stampede is held annually for the purpose of educating, entertaining and creating a better quality of life for the residents of Kitsap County and surrounding counties, according to members of the fair board. It consists of teaching youth histori-

cal lessons so they may better understand what has shaped Kitsap County to become what it is today and what it will become in the future, board members said. It promotes agriculture so that consumers may better understand the source of their food and fiber. It also provides information to consumers so they can make better choices of products and ideas in their own lives. Competitive exhibits are another one of the tools used to educate customers. And there’s always a lot of entertainment, including this year’s headliner, Heart By Heart. Heart By Heart will perform on Wednesday, Aug. 24 at the Thunderbird Arena directly after the Xtreme Bulls at about 9 p.m. Other entertainment during the fair includes Jackson Michelson, on Thursday, Aug. 25 at after the PRCA Rodeo (9 p.m.) in the Thunderbird Arena Austin Jenckes, as seen on The Voice, will sing Friday, Aug. 26 at 9

p.m. after the PRCA Rodeo in the Thunderbird Arena The Kitsap Destruction Derby is set for the last day of the fair, Sunday, Aug. 28 from 1 to 4 p.m., also in the Thunderbird Arena. Other fair favorites are Karen Quest – Cowgirl Tricks, a unique fun-filled Vaudeville-style Western Comedy Act complete with trick roping, whip cracking, music and lots of surprises. She also performs on stilts as “Lucky Starr” -– an eight-foot tall cowgirl – as she engages audiences with her special brand of Western humor; and Kevin Wolfe Comedy Hypnosis, a fastpaced and funny hypnosis show that will keep everyone laughing. With Wolfe’s special improvisational style, you never know what’s going to happen. There’s a total of four entertainment stages including the Center Stage, the Pepsi Stage which features family entertainment, the Cowboy Corral, which includes the PRCA Rodeo and lots of country music, and the Random

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Don’t pass up a Walk on the Wild Side By LESLIE KELLY


ions and tigers and bears, oh my! Well, OK, maybe not bears. But there’ll be exotic animals at the year’s Kitsap County Fair, for sure. A Walk on the Wild Side, an animal preserve and sanctuary near Canby, Oregon, will exhibit more than a dozen reptiles and animals as a part of a traveling educational show. Executive Director Steve Higgs said to expect eight reptiles and six other animals, including a Siberian tiger. “They asked specifically for us to bring a tiger, so we are,” said Higgs. “And we plan on bringing a binturong bear, which is often called a bearcat.” The rural preserve has 184 different species and is home to 175 animals. It was started about 25 years ago and is one of few places that accepts large animals and reptiles. “We started rescuing farm animals when the shelters around here weren’t able to take them,” Higgs said. “And

then we were asked to take a cougar baby, and it just took off from there.” Higgs said the sanctuary’s work is especially impactful for exotic animals since state animal control agencies “often automatically euthanize animals if they don’t have the facilities or knowledge to accommodate them.” A Walk on the Wild Side is licensed and inspected by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and holds special permits from the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, which allows them to take in illegally held species from the public. Higgs said that many times, someone will acquire an exotic animal but then finds out it is illegal to have that animal in a residential backyard. “We get calls like that,” he said. “Our mission is to provide a permanent, safe and comfortable environment for all displaced exotic species.” And, because they want people to know about the animals, they take them See WILD, Page 5

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and how they live,” he said. “Sometimes visitors have never seen one of a species that we have and we get to tell them all Continued from page 4 about it.” In his years with the sanctuary, he’s on the road to about 20 fairs each year. never had a animal or reptile escape and They also host an open house in the fall there have been no injuries. at the sanctuary. “People will sometimes ask how they Among the animals currently at the sanctuary are a black leopard, a Barbary can do what we do,” Higgs said. “They’ll say they want to own a tiger. But we lion, a tiger and a Grizzly bear. discourage doing The Barbary that because federal lion is one of the “These lions are about 200 law makes it almost most interesting. impossible to have “There are only pounds heavier than the exotic animals.” about 1,500 of range lion. There are only Most states, them left in the too, including world,” he said. about 1,500 left of them in Washington, prohibit “These lions are the world.” individuals from about 200 pounds heavier that the — Steve Higgs, owning exotic anirange lion. They Walk on the Wild Side director mals in urban areas. And he tells are stocky and people that if they have a huge mane see an exotic animal in the woods, even that goes down their neck and chest.” small ones, leave it there. Wide Side has five of them. “They are best in their own natural Another of their residents is an environment,” he said. African Crest Porcupine. People also volunteer to work at the “There are probably only a couple sanctuary, he said, and they have an hundred of them left,” Higgs said. internship program for students who are The binturong bear also is limited in getting degrees in zoology. numbers that have survived throughout The Walk on the Wild Side exhibit will the world. They are commonly called be at the fair daily for people to stop by a bearcat, because their facial features and see the animals and ask questions. look like a bear and are the size of a For more information, go to www.wildlarge cat. Their tail is nearly as long as the head and body, ranging from 28 to 33 inches long. The average weight of a female is 48 pounds and females are 20 percent larger than males. When Higgs takes the animals and reptiles on the road, he gets a lot of questions. “People want to know what they eat


Continued from page 3 events. And, of course, there’ll be hundreds of exhibits to look at including homemade pies and pickles, retail vendors selling everything from pots and pans to purses, and the food. What can you say about fair food, other than come hungry. Just don’t eat before you ride the carnival rides. The first recorded Kitsap County Fair happened in 1923 in Port Orchard, some 15 miles from its present location. It was held in Port Orchard from 1923 to 1929. Then it moved to Roosevelt Field in Bremerton. It moved to its present location in 1958.

Lions are among the animals that are at the Walk on the Wild Side sanctuary in Oregon. Some of the animals will be at the fair to view. Contributed photo

The complex has an annual overall In 1929, exhibitors at the fair attendance at its various events of totaled 1,000; today there are more more than 211,000. than 6,000, with annual attendance of Preparation 80,000. for the fair In the late “Volunteers put fresh paint on begins right 1950s, the Chief many of the buildings and clean after the Kitsap Stampede previous sold stock certhe fairgrounds. These are the year’s fair is tificates for $1 people who make sure we’re over, accordand constructed ing to Jim the Thunderbird ready to open.” Dunwiddie, Arena. When — Jim Dunwiddie , director of completed it held Director of Kitsap Parks and Recreation the Kitsap 12,000 spectators. County Parks In the late 1970s, portions of the arena were condemned. and Recreation. And on the Saturday two weeks before the fair, more than The covered grandstands were later 300 volunteers come out for “Super added. Today the arena holds 5,000 Saturday.” spectators and is used year-round for “Volunteers put fresh paint on many various events such as D-derby, Draft Horse Show, monster trucks and more. of the buildings and clean up the

fairgrounds,” he said. “These are the people who make sure we’re ready to open.” He noted, too, that many of the members of the fair board work full time and take vacation the week of the fair so that they can be there to help. “They’re really very dedicated folks,” he said. Each year the fair board also looks over a list of suggested themes that have been submitted from fair supporters, he said. “We’ve had lots of suggestions and we keep track of them,” he said. “The board sits down after the last fair and chooses the theme for the coming year.” The theme chosen for this year is “Stars, Stripes and County Nights.”



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Sisters raise rabbits as their 4-H projects By LESLIE KELLY


here’s something about those cute Netherland dwarf rabbits. Just ask Carley and Leah Cargile.

The Silverdale sisters, ages 9 and 7, are preparing to show their Netherland dwarfs at the Kitsap County Fair for the second year in a row. Both of them are active members in the South Kitsap Musketeers 4-H Club. “Once I saw a Netherland dwarf, I knew I had to have one,” said Carley, who will be in 4th grade this fall. “When I first held one, it felt like I was holding a baby rabbit. I really like the breed because they are so soft and they stay small.” Together, the sisters have nine rabbits and will be taking seven to show at the fair. All of them are Netherland dwarfs, except for Bella, who is a Holland breed. “Bella was our first rabbit,” said Leah, who will be in second grade this fall. “We showed her the first year, but this year’s she’s going to be part of the ‘Pet Me’ farm.” That is where kids can actually touch various animals while at the fair. The sisters joined 4-H about two years ago at the urging of their mother. She gave them a choice of what animal they could raise and they chose bunnies. “My girls are the fourth generation in our family to be in 4-H,” said Katie Matteson. “And the second generation to be in the same club.” Katie was active in 4-H from 1991 to 2005. She showed guineau pigs, rabbits and horses. And her mother is a leader in the South Kitsap Musketeers. The girls attend two 4-H meetings each month at the Bethel Grange and learn about how to show their rabbits. They also learn record-keeping, and keep journals for each rabbit on their growth and habits. Each summer, they also go to a youth camp, do special projects in the community, and when they reach sixth and seventh grades, they’ll take a trip to Olympia to learn about the State Legislature. As teens they may get to go to Washington, D.C. to be at a presidential inauguration. Youth can participate in 4-H from kindergarten until they graduate from high school. As for caring for the rabbits, it’s a year-round

Carley Cargile, left, and her sister Leah, right, hold the bunnies which they’ve raised for the past year. The sisters are entering their rabbits in this year’s 4-H rabbit competition at the Kitsap County Fair. Leslie Kelly photos thing.

And each rabbit needs to be held each day.

“This isn’t just about showing rabbits at the fair,” said Katie. “It’s about learning to care for an animal for as long as it lives.” Each day, the girls feed their rabbits. An average Netherland dwarf eats about a cup of food a day, some in the morning and some at night. And the girls make sure the rabbits have fresh water each day.

“This isn’t just about showing rabbits at the fair, it’s about learning to care for an animal for as long as it lives.” — Katie Matteson

They have to clean the cages, once or twice a week. They have three rows of three cages stacked as “condos” and the rabbits are kept in the garage. “We have some hawks and eagles around,” said Nick Matteson, Katie’s husband. “So the rabbits don’t go out unless they’re on a leash.”

“Sometimes it’s hard to hold each rabbit each day and give them enough time,” said Leah. “They usually hop toward the front of the cage and say ‘get me out.’” The best part of having rabbits, the girls said, is getting to hold them. “We like to watch them explore around the house,” said Leah. “They usually head down the hallway and want to go in all the rooms. We have to close all the doors so they don’t get lost.” As for the fair, the girls will pack up their rabbits and take them to the fairgrounds the day the fair opens. Their rabbits will be there for the entire fair. When it’s their turn, they will show each rabbit before judges and use the techniques they’ve learned in 4-H. And each 4-H member will have barn duty. “That’s where we stay at the (rabbit) barn and answer any questions that people have about rabbits,” Carley said. “It’s fun to see people look at the rabbits and tell them all about them.” The sisters also show their rabbits at three See SISTERS, Page 9


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Freestyle bullfighting joins 2016 rodeo To qualify for the NFR, riders must rack up prize money by entering and placing well in rodeos throughout the year. The top 15 riders in each event (the top earners) compete for the title of World Champion. Kitsap can’t offer huge prize money, but its strategic timing and respectable purse size draw top riders who need a boost as the season draws to a close. It will be an exciting year for another reason – they’ve added a bonus event, freestyle bullfighting, which will take place for a maximum of half an hour on Friday only, before the regularly scheduled events. Drouin describes freestyle bullfighting as “a timed event whose goal is to maintain control and interaction with the bull and entertain the crowd.” But bullfighting must be dangerous, right? Drouin agrees, but says the contestants understand the danger. “For most of these guys, this is the lifestyle they’ve grown up in,” he said. It’s more performative than other



et ready for another big year of rodeo. This year’s Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) Rodeo takes place Aug. 24-27, starting at 6:30 p.m. each night. And despite the fact that the all-volunteer crew wasn’t allowed to start prepping the arena for the rodeo until two weeks prior, they began readying their equipment in late July. What’s more, the list of contestants will be unknown until around the same time. Registration stays open for just 24 hours, though local rodeo director Joe Drouin says he can almost guarantee a quality pool of contestants for Kitsap. “We’re lucky that we’re sandwiched with Puyallup and Pendleton, so the big names will be here,” he said. “Fans will see many of the top riders in the PRCA because they’re trying to qualify for the NFR [National Finals Rodeo] in December.”

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Fair & Stampede will go purple on Friday By LESLIE KELLY


f you’re planning on attending the fair on Friday, Aug. 26, wear purple. You’ll be in good company. The Kitsap County Fair & Stampede will be teaming up with the national Man Up Crusade® to bring “Purple Day” to the Kitsap County Fair & Stampede. The Man Up Crusade is a nonprofit organization dedicated to creating public awareness about the issue of domestic violence. The Man Up Crusade chose professional rodeo and the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) as its vehicle to spread the word about the epidemic of domestic violence and teen dating violence. Organizers of the Kitsap County Fair & Stampede have dedicated Aug. 26 as Man Up Crusade Purple Day. Across the nation, the color purple and the purple ribbon has been adopted to show support for victims and advocates to honor those who have lost their lives at the hands of someone the once loved. On Purple Day, all rodeo participants, fans and support personnel are encouraged to wear purple to show their support for this cause. According to Kitsap County Sheriff Gary Simpson, sheriff’s deputies will be working in uniform, but hope to wear purple bandanas. There will be a table at the rodeo entrance where fair attendees can buy purple beaded necklaces and bracelets. A raffle for a western-style belt buckle is planned and sponsors are hoping to sell T-shirts. Additionally, the day is being dedicated to the memory of Kim Miller, a former Kitsap County rodeo queen in 1998, who was killed by her husband in an act of domestic violence that happened in Oregon in 2007. Kim’s twin brother, Gus Miller, remembers her as someone who had no enemies. “She was someone who helped others,” Gus Miller said. “After high school, she moved to (near Canby) Oregon and helped other young women who were in trouble learn about rodeo.” As farm kids in Montana, prior to moving to Port Orchard at the age of 12, both Gus and Kim knew the ins and outs of farm animals. But Kim was drawn to horses. “She loved the rodeo,” he said. “Barrel racing was her thing.” The twins graduated from South Kitsap High School in 1996. They had a tight-knit

This year’s Man Up Crusade is dedicated to Kim Miller, a victim of domestic violence. family, including their parents and an older brother, who now live in Ellensburg. Gus is a construction worker and lives in Ollala. The family was in complete shock when Kim became the victim in a murder-suicide on Nov. 17, 2007, at the hands of her husband. They were having marriage problems, but Kim had decided to stick it out. “He just lost it,” Gus said. “And they left a 9-year-old daughter behind.” As twins, they always stuck up for each other. “It was a huge loss and we’ll never get over it,” he said. Gus’s wife Krischon Miller knew both Gus and Kim in high school. “She loved to have fun,” Krischon said. “We had so much fun growing up, whether it was going out dancing or having barbecues. And she was all about horses, always horses.” Although the family has not spoken publicly about Kim’s death in the past, Krischon and Gus hope that by doing so they can help others. “If this helps even one other family to not have to go through what Gus’s family had to — if it helps one person get out of a bad

situation, then her passing has not been in vain,” Krischon said. Kim’s friend Stephanie Hettema, who knew her since elementary school, recalled someone who was always there for her. “There was this time when I was suppose to be planning my little sister’s 21st birthday party,” Hettema said. “But I was overwhelmed with school and work. I told Kim and the very next day she had it all planned, with a limousine, and dinner reservations for my sister, 10 of her friends and she and I, who were the chaperones.” Kim was always cheerful, Hettema said. “She was one of those people who could find the silver lining in everything,” her friend said. “And when we camped when she was rodeoing, she’s bring the the memory of music and we’d all dance Contributed photo around the fire.” The Man Up Crusade also encourages all fairs and rodeos they partner with to identify a charity of choice in their community to bring awareness and generate funds to those local organizations in need. The Kitsap County YWCA will be the charity of choice for the Man Up Crusade Purple Day at the rodeo. “As Kitsap’s only domestic violence service provider, YWCA knows all too well the impact of domestic violence on our community,” said Denise Frey, executive director of the YWCA Kitsap. “The murder of our former rodeo queen Kim Miller at the hands of her abusive partner is a stark reminder of the danger to any victim trapped in an abusive relationship. There IS a way out and YWCA is honored to be a part of this event and appreciates the support of Man Up Crusade and our local community.” Kitsap County emergency 911 records show an average of 5,862 domestic violence incidents annually. An average of 1,545, or slightly more than 25 percent of those incidents, were categorized as a “potential danger to life” or “life in jeopardy.” The Man Up Crusade was founded in 2012 by Sheriff Kieran Donahue, Canyon

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Continued from page 6 or four other competitions throughout the year, including those at Enumclaw and Monroe. The wall in the dining room is filled with ribbons they’ve won with their rabbits.

They enjoy finding out which rabbit will win the “favorite” status, in which each person visiting the rabbit barn can cast a vote for their favorite rabbit. But winning isn’t really why they have rabbits. They want to let people know that rabbits make good pets. For more about Kitsap County 4-H go to www. or email Enrollment of new members is from Oct. 1 to March 1.

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Heart By Heart to perform on Wednesday By LESLIE KELLY

It happened almost by chance. If it hadn’t been for a gig in Alaska where they were asked to open for Dwight Yoakam, Heart By Heart may never have been formed. “Somar (Macek) and I were performing as a duo,” said Steve Fossen, bass player and original member of Heart. “A friend called and said he’d heard about us and he wondered if we could put together a band and do a 45-minute set at a Dwight Yoakum concert in Alaska. “So I called Mike (Derosier, another original member of Heart) and Randy (Hansen) and the four of us rehearsed for seven to 10 days. But the concert got cancelled and we never played in Alaska.” The band, however, kept playing together and soon found themselves playing a benefit concert for Susan Komen Breast Cancer Research. “People said they liked the band and after that we had agents calling us and booking us,” Fossen said. “And then we really began booking up after Mike and I

were added to the (Rock and Roll) Hall of Fame.” That was 2013 when the original Heart was added to the hall of fame. And ever since then, Heart By Heart’s performance calendar has been full. Heart By Heart, now a five member band, is not a tribute band to the original Heart which included Ann and Nancy Wilson. Rather, it’s a band that reproduces the original Heart songs “as faithfully as we can,” said Fossen. It was Macek that came up with the name Heart By Heart which she said signified their true feelings for one another. Today, the band consists of Fossen on bass, Derosier on drums, Macek as lead vocalist, Hansen on guitar and Lizzy Daymont who came aboard last year. Seattle radio personality Bob Rivers had been playing keyboards, but had to leave the band because of health reasons. “We were amazed with (Lizzy’s) musical talents and how well she knew the songs,” Fossen said. “A week later she joined us on stage as a member of Heart By Heart. In fact, when I heard Somar and Lizzy harmonize for the first time, I had to hide my



Heart By Heart will perform at the Kitsap County Fair Aug. 24, following the X-Treme Bull Riding. The band plays songs made famous by the original band Heart. Contributed photo face because I thought I was going to cry.” Daymont sings and plays guitar and keyboards.


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Kitsap Fair has changed through the years By LESLIE KELLY


ver wonder if the fair we enjoy these days looks anything like the fair of the past? A journey through the annual scrapbooks kept by the fair board may hold the answers. Each year, the fair board and volunteers take photos and gather news clippings, flyers, advertisements and anything else they can get their hands on and following the fair, put all these items into scrapbooks. The books are housed in the fair office. Some years are missing, but here’s a sample of what’s preserved: In 1950, the Kitsap County Fair was held Aug. 24 to 27 at the Civic Recreation Center in Bremerton. The fairgrounds and arena were yet to come. A two-hour grandstand show was at Roosevelt Field, with a performance by the “Skating Millers,� who skated and performed aerobatics on a platform that was attached to the roof of a car. All that happened as the car drove around the field. Cost to attend the fair was 50 cents for

adults and 25 cents for kids. A fair program cost 10 cents. More than 20,000 folks attended the fair that year, which also included a street dance in downtown Bremerton at Fourth Street and Pacific Avenue. J.P. Patches made an appearance at the fair as did the Great Albanis, a European novelty act on the high wire. It included motorcycles riding in circles 50-feet in the air. Headlines included “Bob Price of Burley captures the Family Top 4-H Dairy Award.� There’s a photo in the album of 5-yearold Ricky Anderson, who got lost at the fair, but was entertained by Ernesti The Clown, until his parents arrived to be reunited with him. Ernesto even let little Ricky wear his cowboy hat. And a photo in a local newspaper captured area Camp Fire Girls asking people at the fair to sign a “I Won’t Hoard,� pledge. The girls were on to something with their anti-hoarding campaign. In 1960, the theme for the fair was “Come to the Fair.� J.P. Patches again

entertained the kids while music was performed by “Brakeman Bill� and Rex Allen. Bands from West High School, East High School, Central Kitsap High School and Dewey Junior High performed at the fair. Carnival rides were tops and Mrs. George Littel gave demonstrations on cake decorating daily, Aug. 22-25. A family could attend the fair for $8.50. Attendance at the fair in 1971 grew to 57,000. The theme was “Rope Yourself Five days of Fun.� It was the 25th anniversary of the fair and admission was $2 per adult. Parking was 25 cents. “Lucky Stars� trick riders in the Hardin Family from Bakersfield, California, performed at the rodeo jumping fires and cars. Larry Mahan, World Champion All Round Cowboy, made an appearance. Leo Miller, fair board member since the fair began, was honored for his service. “Good Blessings� a folk-rock group was the main stage entertainment. Mrs. Rollin Goodridge of Berry Lake Road, again won for her pickles. She’d entered the fair since 1949 and won many times. She even

shared her recipe for sweet dills. Many local men took part in a beardgrowing contest and Kitsap County Commissioner Bill Mahan took home the prize. Three thousand dollars was given away in prize money to youth rodeos. And Fair Manager Stan Johnson wrote letters to President Dwight Eisenhower and Vice President Richard Nixon inviting them to attend the fair. He received letters back, saying neither could attend. He also got a letter from Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company telling him that the Goodyear Blimp couldn’t make it either. In 1973, the fair was held Aug. 22 to 26 and included the opportunity to view NASA Lunar Rocks from the moon. There was the Little Britches Rodeo and R&R Unlimited, a rock band, performed. Admission to the fair was $1 per person or $3 for a five-day pass. Rodeo queens Lisa Hamilton, Sandy Bates and Sue Reynolds were the fair ambassadors in 1977. The fair saw 574 See MEMORIES, Page 14

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“The Guess Who” performed at the fair in 1990. Thursday was family day and admission was $10 per person. Stefani Trudeau, age 5, of Silverdale, was named “Katie Kitsap,” the mascot for the fair. The


Continued from page 11 4-H exhibits and 638 home arts exhibits. A power outage during the bake off didn’t stop “enticing aromas” from flowing through the fairgrounds. Ed Hume was there to talk about everything that grows. And the rock group Gibraltar performed. A five-day pass was $3.50. There was thought given to an all-day rock festival, and Irven Lorance and Jim Yander circulated petitions asking that a festival be allowed on the fairgrounds as part of the fair. But County Prosecutor Ron Franz said “Kitsap County is not interested in allowing its land to be used for an outdoor music festival. Furthermore, I suspect the proposed rock concert would violate our noise ordinance.” In 1979, fair attendance rose to 98,200. There were 140 commercial exhibits and 440 4-H exhibits. The theme was “Familya-Fair.” A coloring contest was part of the fair and kids were offered the opportunity to win prizes by coloring pictures of a family at the fair. Entertainment was Chubby Checkers, the Coasters and the Drifters. Those who rodeoed were part of the Columbia River

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Ferris wheel somewhere in their entries. Adults got into the fair for $5, juniors and seniors paid $2. An article in a local paper called “Street Talk” interviewed a dog, a pony, a sheep and a chicken about why they were going to go to the fair. In 2001, the fair carried a theme of “Rock Around the Rodeo.” There was a


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theme was “I Love a Fair,” and 47,500 attended. There were 564 4-H exhibits, 134 livestock shown, and 1,857 items were entered in the open class exhibits. In 1991, “A Gaggle O’ Giggles,” was the theme and attendance shot back up to 83,445. 4-H exhibits grew to 519. Livestock shown numbered 156, and Thursday was family day at a cost of $8 for the entire family. Singer Lee Greenwood was the entertainment and Diane Hawver, of Poulsbo, had the best pie, a fresh pear Scrapbooks highlighting previous fairs are displayed at the pie. The Sea Dragon was Eagle’s Nest on the fairgrounds. Leslie Kelly photo the hot ride at the carnival. In 1993, entertainment hit an all-time-high when Circuit. There was a “Diaper Derby” Tanya Tucker performed. Attendance at where toddlers in diapers raced to the finthe fair that year was 84,209. The theme ish line. A family pass was $25. was “Jam Session,” as in homemade jam. The rodeo royalty was photographed with Captain J.H. Boyd Jr., the commander The fair also celebrated the Ferris wheel which turned 50 years old in 1993. Fair of the Puget Sound Navy Shipyard. exhibits were encouraged to put the

raffle to win a colt from the Valley Haven Farm. Sand sculptor Charlie Beaulieu of Suquamish, sculpted 40 tons of sand into a scene at the front gate that depicted fair animals, a bucking bronco and trees. Adults could do the fair and see the rodeo for $12. Kids and seniors could get into the fair for $4.

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Continued from page 7 nods to indicate he’s ready to begin, the chute opens, and the steer charges forward, prompted by the hazer. When the contestant draws even with the steer, he dismounts his horse (moving at upwards of 30 miles per hour) and attempts to slow down the steer (usually 500600 pounds) by grasping its horns. The contestant must force the steer onto its side and align all four of its legs in the same direction. Team Roping (TR): A timed event, dependent upon the precise coordination of a “header” who ropes the steer’s head or horns and a “heeler” who ropes the steer’s hind legs. This is the only event where men and women compete equally, in the same professionally-sanctioned event. As in steer wrestling, the two riders begin by backing into boxes on either side of the steer – the header nods, the chute opens, and the header ropes the steer. He must “dally,” or wrap his rope around his saddle horn, and pull the rope taut to reroute the steer in his chosen direction. Then the heeler repeats the header’s process, but with the steer’s hind legs. The event ends when the ropes are taut in each direction and the mounted riders face the steer.


Saddle bronc riding (SB): This is perhaps the best known rodeo event – the rider must maintain control of his horse for eight seconds to be scored for up to 100 points: the two judges may award 25 points each for the rider’s and then the horse’s performance. The rider begins in the chute, mounted on his horse on a specialized saddle – it has no horn and the stirrups are set forward – and nothing but a braided rope for a handhold for one hand. The chute opens, and the rider must spur in sync with the horse’s jumps, his legs kept straight as the horse comes down and kept toward the back of the saddle at the peak of the horse’s jumps. Tie-down roping (TD, CR): As in other events, the rider begins by backing his horse into a box beside the chute. The rider nods to indicate he’s ready, the chute opens, and the calf jumps out – the rider holds a rope in one hand and a “piggin’ string” in his mouth. He throws a loop of the rope over the calf’s head, dismounts, and attaches the other end of the rope to his horse, which stops to pull the rope taut. The rider gets control of the calf, lays it on its side, and uses the “piggin’ string” to tie together any of its three legs. Once he’s satisfied the calf is secure, he throws up his hands up and his time is flagged – he moves the horse forward to slacken the rope, and if he calf’s legs stay tied for six seconds, his time stands.

Barrel Racing: A race in which a mounted contestant races in a cloverleaf pattern around three barrels. The rider may choose to go around the barrels in either direction, and the goal is to achieve the fastest time possible – riders are tracked to the hundredth of a second, and if a barrel tips over, a five-second penalty is applied. This is the only event where women are the primary contestants, and is administered by the Women’s Professional Rodeo Association. Bull riding (BR): The rodeo’s most dangerous event (beside freestyle bullfighting). The rider begins by sit-

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Continued from page 10 and they play throughout the U.S. including Baltimore, Atlantic City, Washington D.C, Chicago, many places in California, and of course, the Pacific Northwest which is home to the original Heart members as well as members of Heart By Heart. Although they’re not hot, young rock’n’rollers, band members can keep up with them and have held their age. “It gets in your blood,” Fossen said of the traveling and playing concerts. “We love it. It’s so fun to play in these places and to meet great people. Even the county fairs are fun. They take good care of you and it’s good money.” As for their audiences, it’s a mixture of young and old. “The older people like to reminisce about where they were when the songs first came out,” Fossen said. “And the younger crowd has been exposed to the songs by their parents. They know the music and they like it.” But one thing, Fossen said, is that they don’t dress the part. Band members won’t go back to the fashion and the hair of the 1970s and 1980s. Fossen, who acts as spokesman for the band, showed an interest in music from a young age. “My mother was very interested in developing whatever talents my sister and I had,” he said. “At first it was tap dancing. But in fourth grade I got to choose an instrument at school. I took home a trumpet for a weekend and within a week I could play the Star Spangled Banner.” Time, however, pointed him in another direction. “In seventh grade was when rock’n’roll became really big,” he said. “And there was no place for a trumpet in rock’n’roll. So I put the trumpet aside and picked up a bass guitar and from that day on, no one could pry it out of my hands.” He played in garage bands with friends throughout high school and in 1967, he and another friend, Roger Fisher, began the band that turned into Heart. Fisher played with Heart until 1980. He then went on to be a member of the band Alias. Band members in Heart By Heart are driven to recreate the songs of Heart with purity. Fossen said they didn’t have to get permission from the Wilsons to play Heart’s songs. “Any band can play any song it wants,” he said. “But if you put it on a CD, you have to get licensed to use the song and that can cost a bit of money.” Fossen and Derosier left Heart in 1982.


The Wilson sisters continued on. If there were any hard feelings at the time, they’ve gone by the wayside. “Mike and I love, respect and honor the (Heart) songs and the historical significance of the music by Heart,” Fossen said. Among the top songs they play are “Magic Man,” “Crazy on You,” “Heartless,” and “Barracuda.” Heart By Heart will play at 9 p.m. Aug. 24 in the Thunderbird Arena after the Xtreme Bulls competition. Tickets range from $16 to $36 and can be purchased online at Fairgrounds/pages/Fair_Entertainment. htm. Other evening entertainment includes Jackson Michaelson on Thursday after the rodeo and Austin Jenckes on Friday.

About Jackson Michelson: Raised in Corvallis, Oregon, Jackson Michelson kicked off his country career on the West Coast, carving out a sound that blended the rootsy twang of the American South with the sunny, feel-

That’s what most kids do, every single year.” Once his older brother landed a record deal as a Christian artist, though, Michelson found himself with a different sort of summertime gig: selling t-shirts and CDs at his sibling’s gigs. Touring the country at a young age lit a fire inside Michelson, who began playing in bands back at home. He started writing original music, too, drawing on his own experiences to create songs that balanced high-energy hooks with good-natured, real-world storylines. It was music shaped by what he listened to and where he came from. Songs like “The Good Life,” which has since become a popular track on SiriusXM radio, helped spread Michelson’s music to new fans across the country. Most of the grunt work, though, was done on the road, where Michelson delivers more than 100 shows per year. He opened for artists like Lee Brice, Blake Shelton and Frankie Ballard, earning new fans along the way. To him, those fans were everything. They are his muse, his support system, his champions. Crowd interaction became a crucial part of every Jackson Michelson show, and he always ended each gig the same way: by meeting fans, shaking hands and becoming friends with those who enjoyed his music. “Crowd engagement is so important to me,” he said. “My show is just as much about the band paying attention to the crowd, as the band putting on a show for the crowd. It’s not just about us; it’s about the experience we’re all gonna have together.”

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good spirit of the Pacific Coast. Nashville — the official capital of country music — lay 2,300 miles to the southeast, but Michelson focused on his home turf first, building an audience of West Coast fans who were drawn to his high-energy shows and relatable songwriting. By the time he did move to Nashville, he’d already spent years on the road, growing his fan base show-by-show and earning a record contract with Curb Records in the process. “Corvallis is a small college town,” he said of his Oregon home, whose farms supply much of the town’s teenage population with work during the warmer months. “You go to school, and in the summer you work on the farm starting at age 12. You either bale hay or drive the combine.

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my favorite memories of being on The Voice it would take hours, so I will just condense it into a bit of a think piece. “Never have I been so loved and appreciated by such a vast amount of people. I have spent months with some of the most talented individuals I have ever met. I have shared my story with an audience of over 15 million and in that process I have learned more about myself than ever before. “I will forever be grateful for the way I have been embraced by my fans and the knowledge I have gained both as an individual and as an artist.” He has spent the better half of a decade paving his own way; starting with small local followings in sleepy coastal towns around the Pacific Northwest. In January of 2012, he moved from Washington State to Nashville, Tennessee where he recorded an independently released EP titled “An American Story”. Austin Jenckes is currently on a U.S. tour where he is introducing himself to new listeners with the intention of greeting every ear with the voice of an old friend.

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Exotic birds are always a highlight at the fair By LESLIE KELLY


hen most people think of the county fair they think of horses, pigs and cows. And maybe a rabbit or two. But Kitsap County’s fair has something to offer that no others do. Exotic birds. Yes. That’s right, exotic birds. According to the members of the Olympic Bird Fanciers, the Kitsap County Fair is the only county fair in the country where visitors can see and learn about birds of all kinds. The group has had a display for the past 10 years. “Being at the fair is our favorite event of the year,” said Sue Marshal, president of the club which is based in Port Orchard. “People stop by and share their fun stories about their birds. And they share their losses and sadness. You can’t find anything like it anywhere else in the country.” The goal of the bird display is to educate others about birds, especially parrots. “We talk about the care of the birds and address behavioral problems of their birds,” she said. “It’s all to enrich the lives of the bird owners and their birds.” For example, one question in the past was about how to get a bird to take a shower. Another was what to do with a biting bird. “We find out what the problem is and many times it comes down to an owner inadvertently rewarding bad behavior,” Marshal said. “We suggest ways to turn that around.” In some cases, the members make connections with bird owners who need them to come to their houses to analyze the issues. “We do that, too,” she said. “Sometimes people say ‘I’m at the end of my rope.’ We try to find a solution, but if it doesn’t work,

Milo was among the birds shown by the Olympic Bird Fanciers at last years fair. The exotic birds will return again this year. Contributed photo we help to find another home for their bird.” And that brings her to what else they do while at the fair. “Sometimes we talk people out of getting a bird,” she said. “If it becomes clear that they don’t understand the commitment it takes to have a bird, then we tell them that they shouldn’t get a bird.” Birds are like many other pets, Marshal said. They need attention. In fact, at times she hasn’t had and birds because she was so busy raising a family and working full time. “I grew up with birds,” she said. “When I was 7 (years old) my best friend was a chicken named Pecky. I taught him to walk on a leash. When my husband, Paul, and I got married we had a parrot named

Porky. But when I went back to work full time we rehomed him to another bird family and we were without a bird for 20 years.” Now, however, they have three parrots, three dogs, two cats and a large tank-full of fish. It was after her daughter grew up and left home that they had “empty nest syndrome” and began again with parrots. They have an African gray named Mungo, a cockatoo named Boo, and Esah, and blue and gold macaw. Like other members of the club, Marshal will bring her birds to the fair during the times she’s scheduled to man the booth. “We have about 10 core members and about 25 total,” she said. “We take turns being at the fair. But one member takes

his vacation and stays the entire time, and another parks her motorhome there throughout the fair.” Originally when they began showing their birds, they had a small tiki hut with a cage, which was re-purposed from a parade float they’d had. Now the fair has given them their own building where birds are exhibited and where there’s plenty of room to display information and sit and talk to anyone who wants to know about exotic birds. This year they will feature an example of the smallest and the largest parrots known to mankind. There’s the parrotlet which is about two and a half inches tall, and the Hyacinth macaw, which, from head to tip of the tail, is about three-feet long. “We have hundreds and hundreds of people stop by during the course of the fair,” said Marshal. “Sometimes we will have a parrot there that is OK with strangers holding them. But not always.” As for getting one of the parrots on display to say what you want them to, don’t count on that either. “You can tell them the same thing over and over,” Marshal said. “But if they don’t find it interesting, they’re not going to learn it.” Indeed. It’s the interesting words that most parrots will repeat. “A parrot learns what they want to,” she said. “It’s the words that are said with force, or emotion or emphasis that they like — and whether they are rewarded for saying it.” The club, which formed in 2003, meets once a month at 1:30 p.m. on the second Sunday of the month. They meet in Port Orchard at the Active Club. They are See BIRDS, Page 20

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Volunteer makes new horse arena happen By LESLIE KELLY


hen it’s all finished, it will be the largest covered horse arena in Kitsap County. Maybe even throughout the Kitsap Peninsula. That’s the good news. The bad news is that it won’t be ready for this year’s fair. And because of that, the 4-H equestrians hosted their own show in late July. The new Harry & Jaynne Boand Arena came about because the old arena was in disrepair. That show area wasn’t covered and there were questions about its safety. So a local volunteer took it upon himself to find the money to build a new, larger, covered show arena which can be used for horses and other events. “I really wanted a covered arena for these kids,” said Ron Gascoyne Sr. “I have grandkids who are in 4-H and they really needed a good, steel structure.” Gascoyne went looking for the money to build a new arena. He sought out grant money from foundations. And he happened on to some right in his own backyard.

Gascoyne has a home business of boarding horses. One of his boarders, Nicole Boand, heard about his campaign for a new arena and connected him to her family foundation, the Boand Foundation in California. “Through that foundation we were able to get a $500,000 grant,” Gascoyne said. “That’s why the arena is named in honor of Nicole’s parents, Harry and Jaynne Boand.” The funding meant that a new arena would be built. But first he had to set a budget. “We had to find a contractor that would work with us,” he said. “And we needed to know, down to the penny, what everything would cost. There could be no cost overruns.” With the help of the Kitsap Community Foundation, Gascoyne was named the project manager. Because the Boand Foundation gives grants only to nonprofits, the foundation acted as the overseeing organization. Gascoyne found companies See ARENA, Page 20

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Continued from page 19 that were willing to work with him and at a price they could afford. Olympia Steel Buildings put together the concept. Dennis McNeal was selected as the contractor. And various companies came on board to help at a discounted price or for free. They included MAPS Engineers, Viking Fence Co., Lowe’s, Home Depot and Hard Rock concrete. Even the signs for the arena were donated. And Puget Sound Energy gave a grant for new LED lighting. Within the past two years, the arena has taken shape. One of the things that delayed it being finished is that the the ground where it sits had to be leveled. “Before, it looked level,” Gascoyne said. “But once we got in there, we found that was an optical illusion.” So the north side had to have concrete lifts poured and sand also had to be brought in. The actual surface of the arena is being made from dirt that has been excavated from the area where Harrison Medical Center is expanding. “All the (dirt) has to be filtered to make sure it’s smooth,” he said. “It’s quite a process.” The steel structure is 260 feet long by 130 feet wide. The interior usable space is a bit narrower at 120 feet. Bleachers will

A new horse arena will be ready for the 2017 fair thanks to the work of Ron Gascoyne and many companies who supported the project. Leslie Kelly photo be set up outside of the covered arena on the west side for horse shows. There’s also a new announcers booth. “Everything old had to go,” Gascoyne said. “It was all wood and that didn’t meet county regulations.” Permitting for the arena took about a year, but Gascoyne said “everyone at the county and with the parks department worked hard on our behalf.” Kitsap County owns the land where the fairgrounds is, and the county parks

and recreation department manages it. It was in 2012 when a 4-Her and her horse allegedly were injured when they stepped into a sink hole during an event at the old show arena. A lawsuit was filled but later dismissed. But that prompted discussion about a new arena. At the new arena, drainage has been developed that will keep the arena dry. And because it is such a large space, supporters want to rent it out. “We think it can be used for cattle


Continued from page 18 always looking for more members. They participate in the Seattle Parrot Expo and the Petpalooza in Bellevue, and they do other smaller local events throughout the year. They also work to keep down the number of unwanted birds that end up living in bird sanctuaries, such as the macaw sanctuary in Carnation. “We’re just a group of normal people who enjoy our birds and like to have friends,” Marshal said. “We like to interact with other bird lovers. We’re friends who share a common bond.” To learn more, check out the Olympic Bird Fanciers Facebook page.

Did you know: • Parrots, also known as psittacines, are birds of roughly 393 species in 92 genera and make up the order Psittaciformes. They are found in most tropical and subtropical regions.

Bentley, a colorful parrot, watches fair-goers watch him during last year’s fair. The Olympic Bird Fanciers will show birds in their barn. Contributed photo • The most important components of parrots’ diets are seeds, nuts, fruit, buds, and other plant material. A few species sometimes eat animals and carrion, while the lories and lorikeets are specialized

for feeding on floral nectar and soft fruits. Almost all parrots nest in tree hollows (or nest boxes in captivity), and lay white eggs.

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shows, RV shows, archery competitions, even outdoor baseball, football and soccer practices and events,” said Cassie O’Hara, livestock director for the Kitsap County Fair. “The opportunities are limitless.” And it’s from those funds and other county money that the arena will be maintained, she said. “The county has such great facilities here at the fairgrounds and this will only add to that.” A former 4-Her himself, Gascoyne runs the miniature pony show at the fair. He was with Target stores from 1989 to when he retired in 2002. His work for Target is what brought him to Kitsap County. “I’ve got 13 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren,” he said. “Every one of them is involved with horses. Now I know they’ll never have to worry about having a nice arena for at least the next 100 years.” O’Hara said that without volunteers like Gascoyne, things like the arena wouldn’t happen. “He had a dream,” she said. “He had a vision and he made it happen. He’s given the entire Kitsap Peninsula a gift.”

• Parrots, along with ravens, crows, jays, and magpies, are among the most intelligent birds, and the ability of some species to imitate human voices enhances their popularity as pets. Some parrots are intelligent and talk at the level of a 4 or 5 year-old human. • With few exceptions, parrots are monogamous breeders who nest in cavities and hold no territories other than their nesting sites. Parrots and cockatoos form strong bonds and a pair remains close even during the non-breeding season, even if they join larger flocks. * Studies of captive birds have given insight into which birds are the most intelligent. While parrots are able to mimic human speech, studies with the African grey parrots have shown that some are able to associate words with their meanings and form simple sentences. Along with crows, ravens, and jays, parrots are considered the most intelligent of birds. Not only have parrots demonstrated intelligence through scientific testing of their language-using ability, but some species of parrots, such as the kea, are also highly skilled at using tools and solving puzzles.

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Fair board serves all year to plan for fair By LESLIE KELLY


ike Brady will admit that over the years, there’s been a few “fender benders” when cars have been parking at the fair. But his goal is to make sure every single car, truck, and RV gets in and out of the fairgrounds dent-free. “With all the people and animals walking around, you’ve gotta be on your toes,” said Brady, who is director of parking at this year’s fair. Brady is also president of the Kitsap County Fair Board. Without the members of the Kitsap County Fair Board, there never would be a fair. These volunteers work year-round to make sure that everything about the fair happens without any major problems. Brady has been director of parking for 11 years. He’s been a volunteer with the fair for 14 years. “I got involved when I was working for Chico Towing,” he said. “We donated our services to the fair, to tow cars when

needed and help people who locked themselves out of their cars. I just had to much fun, I took on the role of parking director.” A Tacoma native, he’s been in Kitsap County for almost 30 years. He did attend the Kitsap County fair prior to being on the board and thinks it’s a great opportunity to have family fun. In all, 10,000 cars are parked during the five days of the fair. He oversees the people who are directly involved with pointing drivers to their spots. “We issue a contract for services each year,” he said. “It’s my job to ride herd over them. The parking areas are very tight.” This year the contract was awarded to Kitsap Chordsmen, an organization of barbershop quartet singers who perform throughout the area. “I met with them recently and they tell me they’ll have anywhere from 30 to 35 members working every day of the fair,” he said. The Kitsap County Fair Board was established by the Kitsap County Board

The Kitsap County Fair Board poses for its annual photograph near the Thunderbird Arena. All volunteers, they put in hundreds of hours each year. Contributed photo of Commissioners in 1965. The fair board was established to advise, guide and assist

in the development and operation of the See BOARD, Page 23

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Continued from page 21 annual Kitsap County Fair. The Kitsap County Fair Board acts as the community liaison with respect to planning and operations of the annual Kitsap County Fair. The fair board meets on the second Wednesday of the month at 6 p.m. in the Eagle’s Nest located at the Kitsap County Fairgrounds at 1195 NW Fairgrounds Road, Bremerton. Members are unpaid volunteers from throughout Kitsap County who are appointed by the county commissioners. Terms are three years for each area of responsibility. Those areas include parking, commercial exhibits, entertainment, admissions, livestock, still exhibits, rodeo, security and concessions. Currently Brady serves as president and parking director; Maureen Stroble is vice president and director of commercial exhibits; Diana Pheasant is entertainment director; Danise Barnes is admissions director; Linda Moran is the still exhibits director; Cassie O’Hara is livestock director; Joe Drouin is director of the rodeo; George Serreno Jr., is director of security; and Doug Dillion is concessions director. “All of these people are volunteers,” said board member Cassie O’Hara, who has been

director of livestock for years. “Nobody gets paid anything and for most of them, during fair week, it’s a 24-7 thing.” One of the responsibilities of each director is to find enough volunteers to staff their section of the fair during the days the fair is going on. For example, in the livestock area, they oversee more than 500 animals and there are 13 superintendents and 13 assistant superintendents. “Some people think that each animal has its own caretaker — the person who entered it,” she said. “But many times a person enters more than one animal, maybe even three or four. That’s where our volunteers come in, to make sure they are all cared for.” All fair directors spend the week of the fair at the fair, Brady said. “We have to be there to deal with a variety or personalities,” he said. “Kids, parents, vendors and John Q. Public. There’s always a fire to put out.” And because of that there is a “fair board corner,” an undisclosed location where fair board members can go to get away for a few minutes. “We meet there every morning before the fair begins and make sure everyone’s on the same page,” he said. “And it’s kind of our place to hide when we need that.”


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