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Hours and admission – page 3 Daily schedule, 4-H events – page 4 First year without horse barn – page 6
Board buzzes about bees – page 7 4-H Fun at the fair – page 10-11 Fair entertainment – page 13-15
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• FAIR HOURS • Wednesday to Saturday, Aug. 16 –19, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Entry Day Tuesday, Aug. 16, 9 p.m. – 6 p.m. Main Building Exhibits And Entertainment 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. Horse Events Start at 9 a.m. Daily Animal Barns Close at 9 p.m. Daily (except Saturday – close at 8 p.m.) Carnival Kids Day Thursday & Friday Ride from noon to 5 p.m. Pick Up Exhibits Sunday, Aug. 20, 9 a.m. to noon.
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Aug. 16 to Aug. 19
Thurs., Aug 17
• Time TBA: Justin James Hypnotist, Community Stage • 12 p.m.: Della and Wren, Community Stage, Main Stage, Marie Boe Building • 5 to 7:30 p.m.: BBQ Dinner Fundraiser, by Main Stage • Noon to 12:15: High Noon Games, in front of the Zucchini 500 Tent.
• 1:45 p.m: Keith Constable, Community Stage • 3:30 p.m.: The Fruity Rebels, community stage • 5 p.m.: Anja Claire - Main Stage • 5–7 p.m.: Kubatana Marimba - Gazebo • 5 p.m.: Fair Feud - Community Stage • 6:30 p.m.: Crow Valley String Band, Main Stage • 8 - 9:30 p.m.: The Fabulous Rhythmics, Main Stage • 8-10 p.m. : Silent Disco (featuring 3 DJs at the same time) - Community Stage
Weds., Aug 16 • 1–3 p.m.: Fun creatures with Francie Hansen, Fiber Arts Courtyard • 3–5 p.m.: Painting Silk Scarves w/ Beth Spadafora, Fiber Arts Courtyard • 6:30 p.m.: Miller Campbell, Main Stage • 8–9:30 p.m.: Kuinka, Main Stage.
Fri., Aug 18 • 1:30–2:15 p.m.: Allison Preisinger - community stage 3–4 p.m.: Chicken Races: Semi-Finals, arena
3:15–4:15 p.m.: Avery Adams Community Stage 5 p.m.: Fair Feud - Community Stage • 6:30 p.m.: Rocky Bay Band, Main Stage • 8–9:30 p.m.: The Olson Bros Band, Main Stage
Sat., Aug 19 • 8 a.m.: Island Rec 8.8K Run, Fairgrounds • 10 a.m.–12 p.m.: Fiber Arts: Mini Expo, Fiber Arts Courtyard • 1:45 p.m.: The Irthlingz Duo,
Community Stage • 2 p.m.: Johnny and the Moles, Main Stage • 3–4 p.m.: Chicken Races: Finals, arena • 4–5 p.m.: Fair Feud - Community Stage • 5–6:30 p.m.: Trashion-Fashion Show, Main Stage • 6:15–7 p.m.: Brograss, Community Stage • 6:30 p.m.: Kimya Dawson, Main Stage • 8–9:30 p.m.: Industrial Revelation, Main Stage
Weds., Aug 16
• 9 a.m.: Horse events begin in the main arena • 9 a.m.: Beef and swine show in the 4-H arena • 9 a.m.–noon: Rabbit and cavy judging contest • 1 p.m.: Rabbit and cavy show in the rabbit/poultry tent • 2 p.m.: Cat show in the 4-H dog/cat tent • 3 p.m.: Performance arts on the food court stage • 4 p.m.: Horse vet check • 6 p.m.: Horse games in the main arena
Thurs., Aug 17 • 9 a.m.: Horse events begin in the main arena • 9 a.m.: Sheep and goat show in the 4-H arena • 9 a.m.–noon: Poultry judging contest • 1 p.m.: Poultry show in the rabbit/poultry tent • 2 p.m.: Demonstration contest in the ag tent • 6 p.m.: Horse games in the main arena
Fri., Aug 18 • 9 a.m.: Horse events begin in the main arena • 9 a.m.: Dog vet check: required • 10 a.m.: Dog show in the dog/ cat tent
• 10 a.m.–3 p.m.: Still life judging contest in the 4-H building • Noon: 4-H interactive display contest (throughout the grounds) • 1 p.m.: Archery demonstrations • 3 p.m.: Large animal round robin in the 4-H arena • 4 p.m.: Dog judging contest in the dog/cat tent • 6 p.m.: Horse games in the main arena • 6 p.m.: Costume show in the 4-H arena
Sat., Aug 19 • 9 a.m.: Horse events begin in the main arena • 9–10 a.m.: All 4-H leaders meeting in the Marie Boe building (vote on award recipients) • 10 a.m.–7 p.m.: Still life silent auction • 10:30 a.m.: Small animal round robin in the 4-H arena • Noon: Horse costume show in the main arena • Noon–1 p.m.: Livestock auction registration in the 4-H arena • 1 p.m.: Livestock auction in the 4-H arena • 5 p.m.: 4-H awards ceremony in the 4-H arena • 8 p.m.: Animal barns closed – exhibits released • 9 p.m.: 4-H building closed – exhibits released
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Turning trash into fashion by Heather Spaulding
After nearly hanging up her recycled hat last year, Francie Hansen is spearheading the popular Trashion Fashion show one more time, to the excitement of many locals. “It’s all about having fun and being playful,” said Hansen. Trashion Fashion inspires people to stretch their creative talents and design outfits made of recycled trash. The show takes place on the Main Stage at the fair on Aug. 19 at 5 p.m. Guidelines and applications are available at www.sjcfair.org, or call the fair office at 3784310. Entry forms are due by Aug. 14 by 6 p.m, when there will be a mandatory short prac-
tice. Costumes are not needed for rehearsal, but participation is required. Designs should be durable since there are stairs and a runway to navigate. Vintage or used clothing will not be accept-
ed unless the outfit has been redesigned into something substantially new. Items should be things headed for landfills. Duct tape and newspaper should be used sparingly. Let this year’s theme “It’s All the Buzz” inspire creations as well, say organizers.
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islanders prepare for first year without fairgrounds horse barn
by Hayley Day
Attendees of the 2017 San Juan County Fair will notice something missing in the northeast corner of the fairgrounds, near the textile building — the horsebarn. “I know it’ll be a different landscape,” said Donna Tegnell of San Juan Island. “I have fond memories of that barn.” Tegnell showed horses in 4-H, from about 1974 to 1977, when she was in her early teens. Tegnell recalls sleeping overnight in the barn and showing her thoroughbred Arabian mix, Sunny Boy, at the fair. Today, only a portion of the barn stands. It’s about 51 feet by 35 feet, with cobbled stone foundation. Boyd Pratt, who the county hired to conduct a historical analysis of the barn, confirms this is most likely the oldest part of the structure, built in 1924. The rest of the barn was razed last May, due, in part, to safety issues, according to San Juan County Parks and Fair Department officials. Lorena Stankevich, who has managed horse activities at the fair for about six years, agreed. The stalls were too tight, she said, the ceiling was too low, and bad ventilation created hot horses and riders. This year, the remaining section will house horse riding materials, said Sandy Strehlou. She is the co-founder of the local historic organization 100 Friends of Old Island Barns. Horses, she said, will be housed under a tent this year, before plans for the new barn are set in the fall. Strehlou, of San Juan Island, was a public opponent of the 93-year-old barn’s deconstruction, which was slated for last March. The project was temporarily halted when another islander appealed the deconstruction,
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that month. It commenced about a month later, after county employees agreed to preserve the oldest section of the barn. “This enabled us to think, not just about plans for the horse barn, but the entire fairgrounds,” said Strehlou. “It started out as a somewhat contentious situation, but now we’re working together.” Fairgrounds and Events Manager Jennifer Allen said the department would like to build a new structure with portable stalls. This way, stalls can be removed when horses are not in the building and the space can be rented for additional department revenue. Horses are kept in the barn about 15 nights a year, she added. Strehlou would like to see a barn reminiscent of the ones still standing in the county. A public-private partnership may be needed, she added, to help fund the barn, as well as other fairgrounds plans that will be outlined this fall. Stankevich, who lives on Orcas, says a new structure would help unite those from different islands. In the old structure, islanders kept horses in separate sections of the barn. This is unlike other fair shelters, she added, for animals including cows, pigs and sheep. “I hope this builds friendships on other islands,” said Stankevich. “This could be a really positive situation.” For Tengall, the remaining structure will help her remember her years with Sunny Boy at the fair. “You want to be able to pass stories down to the next generations,” she said. “I would love to tell my grandkids ‘that’s where granny kept her horse.’”
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SJC Fair Board buzzes about bees by Heather Spaulding
Bees were the buzz word as the San Juan County Fair board discussed ideas for the 2017 theme. “The beekeeping community in San Juan County had wished for a bee theme for many years,” said Kira Sable, San Juan County Fair board member. As both honey and bumble bee populations decline, the struggle of pollinators like bees has been a huge topic. “We would be nowhere without bees,” Sable explains. Not only would there be a lack of honey, but the fair would not be able to hold a fruit, vegetable or floral contest if it were not for these amazing insects. The entire agricultural community would collapse. After the theme of “It’s All The Buzz” was chosen, artists who had expressed interest in designing the fair poster were contacted. “We don't have an art contest,” said Jennifer Allen, fairgrounds and events manager, “Over the course of the year, people just reach out to us and ask about it, so after we choose a theme we contact them and then choose which one we like.” This year's poster was designed by local high school student Ryanne Pluff. Besides planting native plants and not spraying blooming flowers with pesticides, Sable also advises staying calm when a bee is flying around you; don't squish them. “It will fly away to a beautiful flower,” she said. There will be prizes for best use of fair theme, like the Scarecrow con-
test located by the main building. Sable admits when she first heard the theme her first thought was “I bet Kevin Roth could make a beautiful beehive out of a cement mixer drum!” To see if Roth took her up on the idea, or created something else, visit the Trash to Treasures display near the horse corral. Not only are these creatures responsible for most food products, but they deserve to be celebrated for their sheer work effort. Studies show if honey was priced based on bees labor, a jar would cost approximately $182,000. The production of honey is no small feat. “Most of the time people complain about bees at the fair. This year, bees are the guest of honor,” Sable laughed.
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The many facets of 4-H AT THE FAIR by Meredith M. Griffith All is well on a peaceful Sunday afternoon at the Orcas Island Grange: the building is filled with placid rabbits swathed in various shades of luxurious fur; children wander about happily with silky chickens clucking beneath one arm; and goats are frolicking on the lawn at the ends of their leashes. One little kid keeps seeking just a wee smackerel of milk from a nearby doe who is certainly NOT his mommy, but appears to have plenty of the good, rich stuff on tap at the moment. It’s the 4h Fur and Feathers club’s annual mini-fair, and club members are brushing up on their animal handling techniques and their knowledge of breeding and veterinary care, getting ready for the big San Juan County Fair. For 4H members, the fair will
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At right: Participants in the minifair held by 4-H Fur and Feathers club on Orcas.
start on Monday morning, with judging of each child’s educational posters and entry items like photography, preserved food or succulent planters, as well as judging, vet checks and orientation for horses. Tuesday will include horse show classes, vet checks for large and small animals, and judging for large livestock and 4h Building Still Life exhibits. On Wednesday, the fair doors open to the public and the show begins.
Small and large animals You can visit the children and their goats, rabbits, guinea pigs, chickens, ducks, pigs and more at
the animal barns, which will be open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily, and until 8 p.m. on Saturday. In each animal barn you’ll find a 4h club member on duty, wearing a 4H apron and providing “herds-
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manship,” explains 4H archery leader and parent Lisl Thomsen. “If you walk through the poultry tent or the goat barn, they are there to answer questions about the animals, and make sure the animals have the water they need… I encourage people to ask these kids questions; it’s a great exercise for the kids and people could learn a lot.” According to Thomsen, 4H parents are not allowed to participate in animal care – but older, more experienced kids often step in to help teach their youngers how to manage an unruly calf, expertly flip and shear a sheep, clean ears and nostrils, and other handy life skills, creating a community of learners ready to encourage and teach each other. All fair entries are judged, with the best winning red or blue ribbons or the coveted titles of “grand champion” or “reserve champion.” During showmanship trials, the kids are asked to handle each other’s animals, demonstrating their skills at managing unknown animals that may not have been handled much. Some kids will keep their carefully hand-raised 4h animals SEE
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as pets, layers or milkers – like Mabel, the tiniest of three Boer-Nubian triplet kids that 4H member Nisha Woolworth will bring to the fair this year. Born at 2.9 pounds while her brothers weighed in at 7 and 10 pounds, the little lass required bottle-feeding every two hours to survive. Mabel is now about 17 pounds, and Nisha’s mom, Thomsen, says she will probably end up as a dairy goat or pet. But many other prize-winning meat and egg/milk production animals are available for purchase by auction on Saturday at 1 p.m. in the 4H arena. You can find trios of laying hens, meat rabbits or broiler chickens; meat goats, sheep and pigs, and more. If you need your purchase butchered, the 4H clubber will do that for you, as well.
Still Life building The 4H kids will have a wide array of still life entries displayed in the Marie Boe building between the food court and the horse arena. Entries include photography, preserved foods, fiber projects, ceramics, miniature gardens and much more. “It’s totally worth a visit because you’ve got kids from all over the island who have been doing amazing arts and craft projects – anything that is not living and breathing,” says 4H parent and archery leader Joe Thoron.
Prize-winning still life entries can be bought at a silent auction from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday.
Archery 4H has had an archery club for two years now. It’s the only 4H shooting sport offered on Orcas, but for safety reasons there won’t be any shooting at the fair. Next year a competition could potentially be held the week before the fair. But you will find educational archery posters displayed at the fair that were created by archery club kids.
Trailblazers club (Horses) Trailblazers club horse events will be held in the main arena at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, with horse games at 6 p.m. On Saturday there will be horse events at. 9 a.m. and a horse costume show at noon. This year the traditional horse barn has been replaced with portable stalls set up beneath a horse tent. “The barn has really been quite unsafe,” said fair horse superintendent Lorena Stankevich. “We’ve dealt with safety issues in the barn, ongoing every year since 2006.” Stankevich said the old barn had little ventilation and the horses overheated dangerously during the August fair days, adding, “It’ll be much better and much safer for our horses being under the tent this year.”
The original, historical portion follow pre-memorized patterns of the barn has been preserved with their horses. and will serve as a 4H tack room “It’s really about that horse-ridshared for the first time by kids er relationship, which is really from Lopez, San Juan and Orcas. amazing,” said Stankevich. MedStankevich said she hopes this als competitions will take place will help create a strong camathroughout the day on Tuesday raderie between the county’s and on Friday around 1-2 p.m. roughly two dozen 4H riders. “I encourage people to come, In future, Stankevich said, hang out and watch; it’ll be very there’s a plan to replace the old exciting.” barn with a multi-use building, a The islands’ 4H kids have roofed pole barn set on a conworked hard on their fair entries, crete slab. When it’s needed for some of them for up to two years horses, it can be transformed by (the time it takes to raise a calf portable stalls and mats; at other for market). times, the barn can be available “Fair is going on year round,” for other activities. explains Thoron. “It’s a lot for At the fair, the county’s equesplanning for these kids; in the trian kids will be playing “horse dead of winter they’re already soccer” with a big medicine ball planning what they’re going to on Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. On bring and putting it in place.” 4H Wednesday at 9 a.m., “It’s really invites the community to come fun to watch Western Trail,” said support the kids in their projects Stankevich. “It’s sort of like an by visiting the animals, testing obstacle course for the horse and their knowledge, and buying anrider to do together. Another imals at auction to support these fun thing is jumping, on Thursfledging future farmers. Page 14 • San day around 11Juan a.m.”County And inFair theGuide • August 17 –20, 2011 “medals” competition, the kids
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The WSU Ag tent is all a-buzz The Washington State University’s San Juan County’s Ag tent will be buzzing at the fair with food, fun and information! Pollinators are important! Did you know one in three bites of the food you eat is the result of insect pollination? Pollinators are in danger! There are 3,600 species of bees native to North America and unfortunately nearly 30 percent of them are ian decline. The San Juan County WSU Extension Office is coordinating displays and demonstrations on pollinators in the Ag Tent during all four days of the fair that will entertain and inform you! Sample honey and honeysticks donated by the WSU Honeybee program in Pullman. They have a diagnostic lab, a breeding program, a research lab, and workshops that benefit beekeepers across the state. An observation hive where bees can be safely viewed at work on their honeycomb will be on loan from them.
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11:30 a.m. Got weeds? Not sure? A noxious weed presentation by San Juan County Weed control specialists Jason and Shawn will help us identify and understand the weeds in our gardens and pastures and what we can do about them at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday. What makes bees tick and how does pollination work? Fiona Norris noted local botanist will describe what is so special about honey bees Wednesday at 3 p.m. Tim Lawrence director WSU Island County Extension and bee beard expert will give two talks on
how bees and pollination work at 1-2 p.m. on Thursday. Kids teaching skills! The tent will host the 4-H demos Thursday from 2 to 4 p.m. Cooking local. Hurry in at 11:30 a.m and 3 p.m. on Friday for samples and skills with Cynthia Burke and Jan Sanburg. Citizen science! Chris Looney Washington State Department of Ecology entomologist educates us about how we can help pollinators and their habitat at 1:30 p.m. Friday. Go on a bee safari! Saturday morning at 11:30 a.m. join Thor Hanson and son Noah. You’ll tour the fairgrounds and identify pollinators you might have otherwise missed at the fair! Then it’s time to preserve! Catch Stephanie Smith, WSU’s consumer food safety specialist, as she gives timely tips to create safe and tasty treats preserving summer’s bounty for the winter ahead at 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. Saturday. Displays are available all day, all week, all fair! Local ag organizations such as the Grange, the San Juan Food Co-op, the Ag Guild, the ARC, the San Juan Island Conservation District, and WSU Extension will have educational displays, drawings for free items, tips for pollinator friendly farming and gardening and more. We look forward to seeing you there!
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Jugglers, jazz and hilarious hypnotism awaits audiences at the 2017 San Juan County Fair. Performers from across the Pacific Northwest will entertain and entrance every one of the four days of fun.
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Della Moustachella (www. dellamoustachella.com) has a successful solo career that has landed her on stage at events such as the Teatro Zinanni, Moisture Festival and the Oregon Country Fair. Her huge diversity of professional physical theater and stage clown training combined with her positive and good nature result in her sweet, satirical, and above all, hilarious style. Wren Schultz comes at juggling and circus from a more technical and analytical angle than Della. The mathematical patterns and possibilities of the various props have served as inspiration to develop acts that both technically delight and make audiences roar with laughter.
is more than excited to now introduce her new and original sound. Miller Campbell is preparing to release her debut album with London Bridge Studios, featuring music that promises to excite and keep them comin’ back for more. Miller will be performing on the fair’s main stage at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 16.
KUINKA Brothers Zach and Nathan Hamer, along with Miranda Zickler and Jillian Walker, came
Comedy hypnotist Justin James comes to the county fair. Witness his hilarious routine as he hypnotizes your friends, family and neighbors. Check out James on the community stage throughout the duration of the fair.
together in 2014 to form a unique breed of string band; one proudly defiant of preconceived notions of what fits under the label ‘Americana’. Kuinka (Finnish for how) debuted in 2014 releasing their album “The Wild North.” The album propelled them out of the woods and onto stages across the country. That album was followed by their 2016 breakout LP “The Heartland.” Home from touring, the band moved to different cities, yet, they gathered at a studio near Portland, Oregon with the trusted ears of longtime producer Jerry Streeter (Brandi Carlile, The Lumineers) to produce a third album. The quartet was joined by their touring “wizard of the woodwinds,” John Benefiel who
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DELLA ANDWREN Keep your eyes peeled for jovial jugglers Della and Wren during the fair. The duo will be performing at noon every day on the main stage, community stage or in the Marie Boe Building. Wren and Della have been juggling together since the day they met on tour with a vaudeville show. They’v entertained across the Northwest at shows, parties, corporate events, festivals and more.
From the Pacific Northwest comes rising Country Music singer, Miller Campbell. Named one of the Next Women of Country Music, Miller is quickly rising through the Seattle Country ranks. With her soulful blues background and rock history, she brings a unique edge back into female country performance. Gritty, captivating, and energetic Miller entertains with a show like no other. Hailing from the Glen Campbell lineage, Miller finally found her true place writing and singing country music. After starting and touring with one of the Northwest’s most successful Country cover bands, Twisted Dixie, Miller
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handled clarinet and saxophone. The songs on their latest album “Stay Up Late” ring with the vibrancy of exploration and discovery. See Kuinka live on the main stage at the fair on Wednesday, Aug. 16 at 8 p.m.
2017 San Juan County Fair Guide With a varying combination of fiddle, mandolin, guitar, upright bass, and voice, this lively group will move your soul and get you onto your feet. The Crow Valley Family String Band has delighted audiences at festivals, concerts, schools and contra dances from Washington state to Scotland. The Crow Valley String Band will light up the main stage at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 17.
at 8 p.m. The Fabulous Rhythmatics are a five-piece dance band from the San Juan Islands, playing mostly blues and rhythm and blues music. James Barkshire is on vocals and guitar; Roger McGilvrey, drums; Steve Keys, vocals, guitar and harmonica; Michael Adams, vocals and bass guitar; and Teddy Deane, saxes and flute. The band’s musicians hail from the midwest and Canada as well as the west coast, and have spent many years booking gigs all over North America.
The Crow Valley String Band A family of musicians (Tashi, Kaj, Rachel and Jim) from Orcas Island that perform a variety of original and traditional tunes and songs that cut across several genres from Bluegrass to Groove.
THE FABULOUS RHYTHMATICS Check out a local favorite on the main stage on Thursday, Aug. 17
Rocky Bay Band Island based, the Rocky Bay Band has been keeping the Bluegrass/Americana tradition alive on the island for the past 15 years. High energy solos between mandolin, banjo, guitar, the thunder of upright bass and great vocal harmonies express their love of playing and performing. Hard drivin’ Bluegrass pickn’ at it’s best! See the Rocky Bay Band perform on the main stage on Friday, Aug. 18 at 6:30 p.m.
The band originated in Olympia and is lead by singer-songwriters Luke and Isaac Olson. They are known for their tight brotherly harmonies and the fun energetic vibe they bring to their live shows. Currently playing shows all over the Northwest and Nashville, The Olson Bros Band had more than 50 shows on their 2016 summer schedule. Their newest album “Let The Jack Drop,” released March 2017 and is available on iTunes. Brothers Isaac and Luke started playing guitar and writing music together beginning in 2011. In 2013, the band added Milo Mullins on the Bass and Seth Bowman on the drums. The Bros seem to have the momentum going and from the sound of it, it doesn’t seem like they will be stopping anytime soon. They have more than 60 tour dates on the 2017 summer schedule so make sure to come see a show and meet some guys who are on their way up. The Olson Bros Band will rock the main stage at 8 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 18.
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THE OLSON BROS BAND The Olson Bros Band burst onto the country music scene in 2013, winning the Lake Fair Battle of the Bands and a national country songwriting contest with their song “Sunrise.”
Sharon Abreu and Michael Hurwicz from Orcas Island bring rich harmonies, guitar, fiddle, bass and a healthy dose of humor to their performances, seasoned with passion for taking care of our natural environment. Their repertoire includes originals, well-known favorites and sing-alongs. Join the Irthlings at the community stage at 1:45 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 19.
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features guest performances from Aesop Rock, members of the Strokes, Mountain Goats, Forever Young Senior Citizen Rock and Roll Choir, Kimya’s Panda and many more. You can catch Kimya at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 19 on the main stage.
Johnny and the Moles Johnny and the Moles is a tuba-driven, good times funky band from Seattle. They combine original songs and unique interpretations of covers to create a style all their own that is steeped in jazz, blues, pop and the funky music of New Orleans. Johnny and the Moles will play the main stage on Saturday, Aug. 19 at 2 p.m.
Kimya Dawson is a Grammy winning, platinum selling singer songwriter most widely known for her work on the “Juno” soundtrack and her former band The Moldy Peaches. She has released six solo albums, including a children’s album “Alphabutt.” She has performed live on the View, at the Independent Spirit Awards, TED/Boulder, was invited to perform on Sesame Street, and also performed at the REM Tribute at Carnegie Hall. Kimya’s new solo album “Thunder Thighs” was self released in October 2011 on her own imprint Great Crap Factory. The album
August. Brograss will perform at a to be determined location at 6:15 on Saturday, Aug. 19.
Brograss Formerly known as Brother For Sale, Brograss is an accomplished brotherly duo raised in a small rural island community nurtured by musical mentors of all ages. With a love for Bluegrass harmonies and drive, Tashi Litch and Kaj Litch masterly perform a lively mix of traditional and original acoustic music on mandolin, guitar, fiddle, and voice. They represent the next generation of artists with youthful energy and occasional irreverence that adds excitement and flare to music so attractively familiar. In 2015 they performed for TEDx, and their first CD as the duo Brograss will be released in
Comprised of D’Vonne Lewis (Drums), Evan Flory-Barnes (Bass), Josh Rawlings (Keys) and Ahamefule J. Oluo (Trumpet), Industrial Revelation is a supergroup that defies convention. They’re jazz, they’re post-jazz, they’re neo-soul, thvey’re rock ’n’ roll, but most importantly, they are masters of creating passionate music. Lewis descends from multiple generations of serious musicians; Oluo has played with Hey Marseilles; Flory-Barnes, has composed symphonies and recorded with Macklemore; and Rawlings has toured with Allen Stone and Macklemore. Their live shows are sweat-inducing jams with big horn crescendos, rapid bass solos, lightning strikes of keys and rolling-thunder drums. Wrap-up the 2017 fair with Industrial Revolution at the main stage on Saturday, Aug. 19 at 8 p.m.
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