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The Place to Be Seen in 2017

A Supplement to the South Whidbey Record


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Enjoy summer fun at Whidbey Island Fair

A message from the Island County Fair Board’s president:

The 2017 Whidbey Island Fair will be the setting for some great summer fun. The board of the Island County Fair Association is full of anticipation to see you and your family and friends enjoy all that we have brought together. As this will be the place to be seen, please be prepared to upload your selfies and tag the Fair. JASON KALK This 93rd installment of the Fair is the culmination of eleven months of planning by numerous volunteers in conjunction with our Fair manager, Carol Coble. We had to shake things up a bit and move the dates earlier in the year but we did so in order to help improve the experience for you, the fairgoer. In spite of the change, we will still have many of the favorite events that we all know and love. The Log Show will be in full swing; all of the horse events and animal exhibits are scheduled as before. Our carnival will have the dedication and focus from the owners that we have seen from them in the past. Another big change that has occurred over the past year that we are super excited about is the culmination of the property transfer from Island County to the Port of South Whidbey. Even prior to receiving the deed, we have

seen great effort put forth by the Port to make improvements to our Fairgrounds. There are many things in the works for the future but the first steps have been down the right path for our little home in Langley. Kudos to all at the Port. This year’s entertainment will bring some buzz to the Eva Mae Gabelein Stage. Some favorites from previous years plus the addition of several new artists are sure to get you moving and grooving around the stage. Saturday night should be extra special as we have dedicated it to 80s music and hope to see some people show up in costume. Whether you are in the front row or enjoying a libation in the beer garden, you will be entertained. For your Fair diet, you will find the traditional favorites from the grill and the fryer. If you’re looking for a more unique option, stop into the wine garden for some fancier palate tastes to pair with your glass of wine. As you walk around the Fair this year, please note the variety of banners hanging in various locations including the arena fence and the Midway Stage. These are the businesses that have graciously donated to help make this fair possible. If you happen to see any of these business owners at the fair or out in the public, please take a moment to thank them for their generosity. The ICFA board welcomes you to what we hope is a both a great celebration and educational experience for all ages.

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This year’s fair is a mix of new and old From huggable bunnies to deep-fried alligator

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Vicki and George Lawson are this year’s grand marshals for the Whidbey Island Fair.

Lawsons named grand marshals



A petting zoo, selfie stations, a poultry auction and a discount for those dressed in 1980s attire are among the many new things to expect at the 2017 Whidbey Island Fair. The annual fair is set for July 20-23 at the Island County Fairgrounds in Langley, beginning at 9 a.m. on Thursday, July 20. The event, designed for all ages and families, features activities ranging from live entertainment to selfie stations

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Horse-related events are a traditional part of the Whidbey Island Fair, which runs July 10-23. where attendees can pose with goofy props, said Fair Administrator Carol Coble. There will also be food, eating contests, 4-H competitions, arts and crafts, quilting, photography and robotics displays. At 10 a.m. on Saturday, a parade led by grand marshals Vicki and George Lawson will start in downtown Langley and end at the Midway

Stage. Local organizations, businesses and everything in between typically participate in the two-mile-long journey. The petting zoo is expected to be a draw for kids and adults alike, according to Coble. Shanna Flower, a 4-H leader with the Whidbey Shepherds in Oak Harbor, is bringing a pony, rabbits,

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Vicki and George Lawson aren’t used to being spectators at the Whidbey Island Fair. Their passion has always been with 4-H, where they help kids advance through the program and emerge as highly capable individuals. At the fair, they would serve as judges and immerse themselves in varying other aspects of the event as well. But, the longtime Whidbey Island couple is taking a step back after retiring from 4-H in 2016, after holding leadership positions on the 4-H Leadership Council and Whidbey Area Fair Board for years. Their impact has not gone unappreciated. The Lawsons were selected as grand marshals for this year’s Whidbey Island Fair. They’ll lead Saturday’s parade starting at 10 a.m. in downtown Langley and ending at the Midway Stage. The Island County Fair Association typically determines who will lead the fair based on their impact with the event, while also factoring in their influence on the South Whidbey community as a whole. The Lawsons said they were both honored and excited about being grand marshals. “We have a tendency of going in feet first all the way up to our necks when it involves volunteering,” George Lawson said. Vicki Lawson said she’ll miss being at the fair with 4-H — which meant as much as 16 hours a day — but she’s happy she’ll have the chance to pursue other aspects of the fair. The Lawsons said they’re proud of being involved with 4-H, which they feel can have a positive impact on young people and can help foster maturity from an early age.

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There will be practice sessions for log rolling, pole climbing, axe throwing and other events on Thursday and Friday, followed by competition on Saturday and Sunday.

ducks, geese, chickens, goats and sheep for the petting zoo. But don’t worry, they don’t bite, Flower said. “All of my animals are pretty friendly,” Flower said. “These are all animals that like to be petted.” The petting zoo is brand new to Whidbey Island Fair, but common at other fairs, Flower said. It will be open from Friday to Sunday. “I think it’s going to draw more people and give them more things that they can do,” Flower said. Headlining musical acts include Hair Nation, Purple Mane, Megs Mclean, The Olson Brothers and Danny Vernon as Elvis Presley. They will perform at the Midway Stage at varying times throughout the three-day fair. Others musicians to perform on the same stage during the day include saxophonist Danny Ward, Celia JacobsonRoss, The Ryders Band, Richard Allen & Louisiana Experience and Wally & The Beaves. Hair Nation, an ‘80s glam rock band, was such a hit with attendees last year that organizers decided to dig a little deeper into the spirit of the era. Those who come to the fair dressed in ‘80s attire on Saturday night will receive a dollar off their ticket price. “Come dressed as Prince,” Coble said. “You can have a dollar off.” One of the 55 commercial and food vendors expected to be at the fair will offer something new for the appetites of many - deep fried alligator. Poultry has been added to the fair’s annual livestock auction. Joy Weeks, the poultry superintendent, said the chicken breeds on

the list to be sold are Americanas, Rhode Island Reds, Barbed Rocks, Colombia Rocks and a few others. Selfie stations, essentially portable photo booths, will be located around the fairgrounds and operating by different building administrators. Fiona Roberts and Caroline Burns, who hold leadership positions with the Drama Club at South Whidbey High School, will operate a centralized selfie station in a tent near the 4-H building. Roberts said the selfie station should be a fun activity for all. They’ll have props such as animal ears for people to use in their photos. “It’s different from normal photo booths,” Roberts said. There will also be hair-streak and faceglitter booths for those who want to spice up their looks. Lumberjack competitions are also returning. Albert Gabelein, who organizes the competitions with Jim Fox, said there will be practice sessions for log rolling, pole climbing, axe throwing and other events on Thursday and Friday, followed by competition on Saturday and Sunday. Gabelein said people who want to participate should wear appropriate clothing for pole climbing, such as long sleeve pants and shirts and sturdy boots, while they should also have a change of clothes for log rolling. In log rolling, people stand on a log over a small body of water and try to stay on for as long as they can. “Our competitors are anyone from a tree huggers to tree cutters,” Gabelein said.


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Afternoon Noon: Opening ceremony — Midway Stage 4-H Horse Hunt Seat Medals — Horse Arena Lego Contest after ceremony — Fiddle Faddle Farm 1: Fairy Magic — Midway Stage 4-H Horse English

Pleasure — Horse Arena Fairytale Puppet Theater — BlackBox Theater 4-H Dog Showmanship Clinic — Dog Arena 4-H Horse English Discipline Rail — Horse Arena Arm Wrestling Prelims — Midway Stage 1:30: 4-H Poultry Showmanship — Poultry Barn 4-H Horse Hunter Hack — Horse Arena

2:30: 4-H Horse Trail — Horse Arena 3: The Ryders Band — Midway Stage Hands-On Robotics — Burrier, Arts Side Horse shoes — Fiddle Faddle Farm 4: Musical Horses — Fiddle Faddle Farm 5: Celia Jacobson-Ross — Midway Stage 5:15 Log Show Sign-Up and Practice — Log Arena 6: Megs McLean — Midway Stage 4-H Swine Show — Swine Arena 4-H Horse Drill Practice — Horse Arena 8:30: Marlin James — Midway Stage

Friday, July 21 ALL DAY: Passports, Roving Artists, Bingo

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Morning 9: Public Presentation until 11 — BlackBox Theater Danny Ward — Midway Stage 10: 4-H Goat Milking Contest — Goat Arena 4-H Dog Obedience — Dog Arena 4-H Cat Judging — Cat Barn Decorate Masks — Fiddle Faddle Farm 10:30: Penelope — Midway Stage 11: 4-H Alpaca Showmanship — Livestock Arena Hands-On Robotics — Burrier, Arts side 4-H Horse Champion Showmanship — Horse Arena SEE SCHEDULE, PAGE 12


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Veterans Information Booth - Come meet VA information specialists and volunteers ‘Island County Veterans Count!’ Why do we want to see all you Veterans at the Fair? Island County has a high number of Veterans; many are Senior Veterans and surviving spouses. Please help us represent the needs for access to VA services and goals to improve local services for all of our Veterans. Your participation in the survey will give information to make the case for: - Improve access to VA - Home Based VA Care for supported care in our eligible Veterans Island communities (VA - Veterans Services Choice Program) assistance and support - Veteran transportation groups for Individuals and programs Caregivers We are encouraging both Veterans and spouses to participate, either in paper survey or on-line. It just takes a few minutes, come by the Veterans Information Booth to see a Survey volunteer! All information is secure and confidential. No information is shared outside the survey and is kept under lock and key! If you choose not to answer a question, we understand.

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Quilters hope to pass on history, tradition in art By EVAN THOMPSON

Thursday July 20

History and tradition are going to be the core themes for those who stop by the Malone Building to do some quilting at the 2017 Whidbey Island Fair. Anita Smith, the quilting coordinator, said she and others want to pass on the skills and traditions of quilting to younger generations. “I don’t want these arts to die,” Smith said. “This is my thing. Our goal is always to get young people excited.” Quilting will be offered each day of the fair July 20-23. Different activities will be featured each day, from learning how to sew on a vintage treadle machine to finger knitting. Smith said the Veterans Sewa-thon is also returning, where people contribute their time and sew quilts that are later given to veterans living on Whidbey Island. Smith said the quilting activities were well received by young people last year. There was even a 9-year-old girl who was so enthralled by the activity that her mother and grandmother decided they would buy her a sewing machine so she could do more quilting at home. “It’s just one person at a time, one life at a time that we impact,” Smith said.

11 a.m. – noon. – Setting up a quilt to baste Noon to 1:30 p.m. – Basting a quilt 2-3 p.m. – Dyeing fiber demo 3-4 p.m. – Folding hexagons 4 p.m. – 5 p.m. – Basting a quilt


Friday, July 21 11 a.m. – noon – Quilting demo Noon – 1 p.m. – English paper piecing 1-3 p.m. – Foundation paper piecing 3-4:30 p.m. – Easy 9 patch 4:30-6:30 p.m. – Cardboard loom weaving class

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Quilting in the Malone Building begins at 11 a.m. on Thursday, July 20. Activities include English paper piercing, demos on vintage treadle sewing machines and a needle felting class. Smith said the quilting section is one of the more active areas of the fair, as they “always have something going on.” Smith is the main coordinator of the section, while she is also getting help from a team of volunteers, including Connie Duddrige.

“Nobody gets paid to do this,” Smith said. “We do this because we love being able to promote this to the people.” Quilters on the Rock, a quilting group which does outreach events at local organizations such as Ryan’s House for Youth, is going to be the steward of

Friday’s events and will take the lead on such activities as English and foundation paper piercings. The Daughters of the American Revolution will help lead Saturday’s events in the Malone Building, including a needle felting class and kumihimo disk braiding class.

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Noon – 1 p.m. – Finger knitting 2-3 p.m. – Quilting demo 4-6 p.m. – Quilting demo


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Interest fuels expansion of robotics-related activities By KYLE JENSEN


Fairs have a tradition of hands-on activity for those participating in animal competitions and those who simply come to have fun at the fair. Any given fair is likely to feature categories such as homesteading, knitting and farming activities, for example. The 2017 Whidbey Island Fair, though, is expanding its hands-on fair activities with the introduction of something a little less traditional: a robotics category. “The big news is there’s this huge expansion of robotics at the fair this year,” said Ashley McConnaughey, mentor for the South Whidbey-based Atlantis STEAM program. “We’ve become so big that this is the first year where robotics will be its own category in the fair. We really needed robotics in the fair because there’s been so much interest.” With the introduction of the new category, fairgoers have the chance to enter in their handmade gadgets and toys for a chance to win prizes in competition with other

technology home-robotmakers. McConnaughey said the gadgets people are able to enter vary greatly as long as they have some technological component to them. Underwater robots, circuits, coding, 3-D prints, quadcopters and even cosplay costumes with a technical aspect can all be entered into the fair. For more information on entering something into the fair, visit http://fair. whidbeyislandfair.com. Awards, competitions and activities will all be part of the fair’s robotics category. Divisions include educational displays for both adults and youth, as well as competitions for the best robotic entry. Fairgoers who don’t enter any gadgetry have the opportunity to toy around with displayed technology, ranging from underwater robots in a fish tank to drones. “It’s a complete hands-on experience,” McConnaughey said. “In the end, the fair is all about education. What better way to learn than with your hands?” The new robotics category came out of a collaboration between

2016 File photo/South Whidbey record

Sophia Paczynski, then in eighth grade, uses a soldering iron to attach wires to a dismantled auto back-up camera’s circuit board in 2016. The white box on left is for making a mold to create the camera’s waterproof casing. year’s fair. It was simply Harbor High School for McConnaughey and the successful youth robotics becoming too popular not last year’s fair. kids from Atlantis STEAM teams from opposite ends to dedicate a whole catTogether, the two hosted educational displays of Whidbey Island: South groups encouraged what Whidbey’s Atlantis STEAM at the fair to encourage egory to. team and Oak Harbor High kids to join their group, but McConnaughey estimates McConnaughey says it’s as 400 people to play with then they reached out a School’s Wildcat Robotics important to include robothand to the team from Oak robots on each day of last team. In previous years, CONTINUED ON 10

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‘Smokehouse’ to offer fire prevention lessons 2015 File photo/South Whidbey record

Students work on a robot during a Robotics Anonymous class at South Whidbey Academy in 2015.


ics in the fair, as many important lessons can be taken away from toying with gadgets. Messing around with circuitry and robots encourages kids to develop problem solving skills, which can then be applied to everyday life, McConnaughey says. Additionally, those who try to build something will inevitably experience failure, something she says is a crucial thing to experience for personal develop-

ment. “It’s really important for kids to learn how to problem solve, how to fix something and move forward after failure,” McConnaughey said. “You’re not allowed to fail in school, but through robotics we want to show people when something doesn’t work, it doesn’t mean you won’t succeed. It’s an important life lesson.” Overall, McConnaughey

has no idea who will enter into the fair. She’s heard rumors of everything from a 10-year-old who built a Tesla coil to someone who created an elaborate cosplay costume. The fact that she doesn’t know is testament to Whidbey Island’s creativity, and she’s hopeful to see all sorts of innovation at the fair. “The imagination of people always amazes me,” McConnaughey said. “They always come up with stuff you couldn’t imagine, and it never ceases to amaze me.”

The “Smokehouse,” a fire prevention/educational mainstay at the Whidbey Island Fair, will return this year, along with a bit of new fun designed just for kids. South Whidbey Fire/EMS’s fire prevention safety house, a “burning” building on wheels, will be there as always, but it will be joined by a junior training course similar to the one undertaken by real firefighters. The candidate physical ability test, commonly known among the pros as a CPAT, will be offered for aspiring and junior rescuers. They’ll have the chance to test their mettle with timed fire hose and dummy hauls, operate a real albeit junior water line, and perform other physical tasks required of the men and women in beige. The program is meant for younger crowds, however, so gung-ho dads and 18-year-olds need not apply. “It’s really designed for little kids,” District Deputy Chief Mike Cotton said. “They get a prize and stuff. It’ll be fun.” Like many public fire district functions, it’s supposed to be educational. It teaches Whidbey’s youth not only what firefighters do but also reveals the tough physical requirements of

the job. The district might get a few future firefighters out of the deal too. “We’re always recruiting,” Cotton said with a chuckle. As it has for more than 20 years, the district’s fire prevention safety house will also be at the fair. The mobile house is supposed to be more instructive than fun, but kids seem to enjoy themselves all the same. The building is situated on a trailer, and is filled with “smoke” — waterbased vapor from a fog machine — as people file in. The idea is to teach people, kids and adults, how to escape a burning structure safely: checking doors for heat before opening them, staying low below the smoke, exiting a window and living to tell the tale, even what to do once you’re out. Developing a plan on where to meet later is an important part of a family’s exit plans. “The neighbor’s mailbox is a great place,” Cotton said. Both programs are free and are expected to run hourly, or close to it, every day of the fair. Schedules will be posted at the Smokehouse and at the fair’s first aid booth.

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11:30: 4-H Horse Groom Squad — Horse Arena 4-H Poultry Judging Contest — Poultry Barn Parent/ Adult Showmanship — Goat Arena 11:40 4-H Public Presentations until 3:20 — BlackBox Theater

Noon: Fairy Magic — Midway Stage 12:30: 4-H Horse Judging — Horse Arena 1: Jump Rope Contest Fiddle — Faddle Farm 4-H Beef Show — Livestock Arena 4-H Goat Quiz Bowl — 4-H Building 4-H Poultry Quiz Bowl — 4-H Building 4-H Sheep Showmanship — Sheep Barn

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1:30: 4-H Alpaca Trail Obstacles — Livestock Arena 4-H Public Relations Obstacles — Livestock Arena 2: 4-H Horse Western Games — Horse Arena 4-H Dog Rally Obedience Practice — Dog Arena Hula Hoop Contest — Fiddle Faddle Farm 2:45 Richard Allen and Louisiana Experience — Midway Stage 3: Barn Yard Bingo — Fiddle Faddle Farm Hands-On Robotics Burrier, Arts Side 3:30: 4-H Alpaca Public Relations Obstacles — Livestock Arena 4: Log Rolling Sign-Up and Demo — Log Arena 4-H Public Presentations until 5:45 — Black Box Theater 5: Pie Eating Contest —

Fiddle Faddle Farm 5:30: Celia Jacobson-Ross — Midway Stage Chainsaw Safety Class and Log Show Demo — Log Arena 6: 4-H Swine “Over the Hill” — Swine Arena 4-H Horse Drill Practice — Horse Arena 7: Megs Mclean — Midway Stage 8:30/9: Goat “Sound of Music” Film and Sing Along — Goat Barn 9: The Olson Bros. — Midway Stage

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9: Danny Ward — Midway Stage 10: Decorate Ribbon Sticks — Fiddle Faddle Farm 10:30: Grand Marshals George and Vicki Lawson leads the parade from Downtown Langley to the Midway 11: Auction Bidder Information — Livestock Arena Cheese Making Demonstration — 4-H Building Hands-On Robotics — Burrier, Arts Side Shifty Sailors — Midway Stage

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Wednesday, July 19, 2017 • The South Whidbey Record

Meet Wilbur, the house pig

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Mother, daughter plan education display on porker

BY KYLE JENSEN kjensen@whidbeynewsgroup.com

After raising pigs for 4-H contests in last year’s Whidbey Island Fair, Langley resident Ellie Thomson knew she wanted to get a pig of her own. The only thing is, she needed mom’s approval. Luckily for Thomson, 12, her mom was on board with raising a hog for a pet. Meet Wilbur, the 10-monthold potty-trained pig raised in the Thomson household. “He’s really like a dog mixed with a toddler,” Thomson said. “He eats everything, he likes belly rubs and he flops over onto his back all the time. He’s pretty pathetic.” Thomson and her mother, Darcy Thomson, plan to have an educational display about Wilbur at this year’s

fair. In their presentation, the mom and daughter team will outline the ins and outs of raising a domestic pig. Darcy Thomson says they plan to focus on differentiating between the facts and assumptions of raising a household porker, since they say there are a lot of misconceptions about pigs floating around. Most importantly, Darcy Thomson wants to dispel a misconception surrounding “teacup,” or mini pigs. She says it’s all too common for people to think the pigs will remain small, when in fact that’s a myth. Even mini pigs like Wilbur, who the Thomsons estimate weighs close to 80 pounds, grow far beyond what people expect. The misconception causes owners to regularly abandon the pigs once they find out the reality of owning a pig.

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Darcy Thomson has raised a pig named Wilbur, now 10-months-old, in her house with her daughter, Ellie Thomson. The Thomsons plan to have an educational display at the fair about domesticating a pig. “It’s sad to see the amount of people who try to resell their pigs and abandon them after realizing they won’t stay that small for long,” Darcy Thomson said. “We’re doing this educational display partly to make sure people have the right information.” For the Thomsons, what they have with Wilbur is essentially a dog, with numerous parallels. The Thomsons regu-

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larly take Wilbur on walks through the neighborhood or on the beach with a harness, although they say it can be difficult because “everybody wants to pet him.” After he does something naughty, he gives Ellie Thomson the sad eyes and flops on his back as a way to announce his innocence, she said. Before he grew to the 80-pound hog he is today, he slept inside. Wilbur even has a dog

house in his outdoor pen. “He grew up with us, so he’s really attached to us,” Ellie Thomson said. “Each pig has their own personality,” Darcy Thomson said. “He really is like a dog. For example, when he hears us in the kitchen, he runs over and won’t leave.” Raising Wilbur partly inside is the first time Darcy Thomson has allowed an animal like that to be raised in

her household. Despite the messy eating and occasional loud oinking that comes with owning a pig, both Ellie and Darcy Thomson say Wilbur has been a positive experience overall. In fact, they’re close as can be. “I just love him to death,” Darcy Thomson said. “We’ve really bonded with him.”


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