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70th Annual

Sept. 7th to 10th, 2017

70 years of pride, Country wide



What’s happening at your county fair? BY GARY A. DE VON EDITOR@GAZETTE-TRIBUNE.COM

OKANOGAN — While the familiar things you love about the fair will still be there this year — kids showing their prize winning animals, adults exhibiting their blue ribbon fruits and vegetables, horse racing, , music and the carnival — this year’s fair has a few surprises, including a full Pro West Rodeo planned for Saturday and Sunday. “Pro West is having their 50th anniversary and we’re happy to have them at this year’s fair,” said Tracey Reagles, Chairman of the Okanogan County Fair

Advisory Committee. “And, while we’ve had bits and pieces of rodeo events in the past, this will be a full rodeo. She said there’s a lot more that’s new, including Sheryl Curtis’ Old West show. Curtis has an Old West wagon pulled by 0xen and travels around the fairgrounds. “Kids can learn a bit about what it was like to live in the Old West,” said Reagles. They can cook flapjacks and use washboards to wash laundry. It really is a fun experience and we are happy to have her. She will be here as will the Northwest Freedom Riders who will be doing a flag show

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during the rodeo.” Tammy the Cowgirl is also back and she will be demonstrating her skill with rope tricks, according to Reagle. “There will also be a stilt walker and L-Bow the Clown and the Manfred the Ventriloquist are back, according to Reagle. “We will be having Mutton Busting again, which is popular with the kids and we had the outdoor movie last year and we will do that this year on Thursday night.” And of course there is a full line-up of musical entertainment on the main stage all fair long. The aims and goals of the

Okanogan County Fair are to: ■ provide a well-balance a well-balanced variety of exhibits and a medium for all county groups, organizations and individuals of all ages to display their exhibits and to compete within their age group. ■ To always provide a central theme of promoting Agriculture and its products in our area. ■ To provide a variety of entertainment for the whole family. ■ To encourage all local manufacturers and businesses to display their product or services at the Fair. ■ To raise revenues for the Fair’s operation and to use

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these revenues for future improvements on the fairgrounds. ■ To protect the exhibits and facilities from damage and to provide for the safety of the exhibitor and the general public attending the County Fair within our limited capabilities. ■ To provide a place where all people from all walks of life can gather at one time. “This is our seventieth year for the fair and we will have lots of stuff that’s new and lots of stuff you know… things that you’re comfortable with, but the fair is so much more than exhibits and entertainment. It is about the people of Okanogan County, from Molson to Brewster and Coulee Dam to the Methow. It’s about the people that grow the apples and wheat, that raise the cattle,” said Reagles. “We all come together, it doesn’t matter what town you’re from or your rivalries like Tonasket versus Oroville or Okanogan versus Brewster. At the fair we all come together.”


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OKANOGAN — 2016/17 Okanogan County Fair Queen Cora Diehl will be handing over her crown to one of four candidates this year. Samantha Whitney and Shiann McCallum both hail from Diehl’s hometown of Tonasket, Shelby White is from Twisp and and Jennah Thomason is from Omak. Diehl said she went to 17 events all around the county this past year as Okanogan County Fair Queen, and her favorite event was the Chesaw Rodeo. “It’s kind of my hometown, and it’s always a good time,” said

Diehl. The farthest event she traveled to was in Waterville. Asked what advice she would give any of the girls if they were crowned queen, Diehl replied, “I would tell the girls to always have fun and enjoy yourself. It doesn’t last very long. I only have a couple of weeks left. It goes by fast, so make it count.” Diehl said the biggest challenge she had was with her horse, who balked at being loaded into the horse trailer. But she received help from friends, including Fair Queen Advisor Marcie Howell’s daughter. “Brianna Howell has helped with loaning me a horse for a couple events, and helping me

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Jennah Thomason, a sophomore at Omak High School, said she decided to run for county fair queen because it is a family tradition. Her older sister, Beckah, was crowned Okanogan County Fair Queen in 2011. “I fell in love with being the face of the community and getting your ideas known,” said Thomason. “What I like most about the fair is the pride, the diversity and making new friendships. I like to see family and the community coming together and making something beautiful happen with so many different interests.” Thomason has been showing horses at the fair for the past 11 years. “Basically, as soon as I was

able to walk, my mom said, ‘You’re doing this.’” Thomason will be showing an Arabian at the fair. “At school I play volleyball, and am on the track team. In the past I played softball and did cheerleading for six years and decided, ‘this is not for me,’” said Thomason. She said she was looking forward to making new friends in the candidacy and reaching out to other communities besides Omak. Thomason lives with her mom and two older sisters.

Samantha Whitney Samantha Whitney is a senior at Tonasket High School. When asked why she decided to run for Okanogan County Fair Queen,

Whitney replied, “Because it is a great opportunity for all of us to try it out. Even if someone doesn’t win, we get to go through such an amazing experience. It’s a wonderful opportunity and a great chance to put your name out there and be the face of the Okanogan County Fairground. The fair is such a great thing, so being the face for it is wonderful.” Whitney said being the county fair queen was also a good opportunity to be a good role model for so many kids. This will be Whitney’s fourth year showing horses at the fair. She has a Quarterhorse Mustang. At school, Whitney is involved in FFA, where last spring she and two other students gave presentations to community members about the use of antibiotics in animals.

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“FFA agriculture is the main thing I do at school. I also did choir. I tried cheerleading and it’s not my thing, and I’m not really a sports person,” said Whitney, adding that both she

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Asked what she looked forward to the most if selected queen, Whitney replied, “To go to different events and become a representative for our community, and to inspire others.”

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2017 Okanogan County Fair schedule Thursday, Sept. 7

6:30 p.m. — Cat Fitting and Showing, Cat Barn

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7 p.m. — ProWest Rodeo

9 a.m. — Market Steer Judging,Steer Barn; Market Swine Judging, Swine Barn; Rabbit Judging, Rabbit Barn

7 p.m. — Rabbit Agility, Rabbit Barn

9 to 3 p.m. — Junior, Intermediate and Senior Horse Fitting and Showing Classes, Youth Halter Classes, and Riding Classes, Rodeo arena and North arena.

9 p.m. — The Company Band, Rotary stage

7:30 p.m. — Night Riders, Rotary stage

11 p.m. — Fairgrounds close

Saturday, Sept. 9 8 a.m. to noon — Horse Games, Rodeo and North arenas

10 a.m. — FFA/4-H Produce Judging Contest, Horticulture Building 11 a.m. — Cowgirl Tricks, America’s funniest cowgirl, Rotary Stage 11:45 a.m. — L-Bow the Clown, Rotary Stage Noon-3 p.m. — FFA Tractor Driving Contest, by the Rodeo arena 12:30 p.m. — Longhorns, Rotary Stage 12:30 p.m. — Mutton Busting 1 p.m. — Bottle Baby Calf Show, Beef Show ring 1 p.m. — Market Lamb Judging, Sheep Barn 1 p.m. — Greg Johnston, music, Rotary Stage 1:30 p.m. — Grade and Purebred Breeding Class, Beef barn


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6:30 p.m. — Cat classes and fashion show, Cat Barn

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6 p.m. — Lads and Lassies competition, Sheep Barn

12:45 p.m. — Randy Linder, Acoustic show , Rotary stage

6:30 p.m. — Youth Horse– manship Class, Rodeo arena

1 p.m. — Bottle Baby calf show, Beef show ring

7 p.m. — Fair Queen Pageant, Rotary Stage

2:30 p.m. — Longhorns, Rotary stage

8 p.m. — Dark Fun Flix, outdoor movie, south end of the fairgrounds

3 p.m. — L-Bow the Clown, Rotary stage

2:30 p.m. — Cowgirl Tricks, America’s funniest cowgirl, Rotary Stage

10 p.m. — Fairgrounds close

3:30 p.m. — L-Bow the Clown, Rotary Stage

9 a.m. — Fitting and Showing classes, ALL Barns

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9 a.m. to 3 p.m. — Youth Western, Trail, English and Driving classes, North arenas

4:30 p.m. — Meraki-Students from Tonasket Choice School 4:30 p.m. — Mutton Busting 4:30 p.m. — Little People Fitting and Showing, Sheep Barn 5:30 p.m. — Nashville Starts, Rotary Stage 5:30 p.m. — Mutton Busting

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10:15 a.m. — Cowgirl Tricks, America’s funniest cowgirl, Rotary Stage 11 a.m. — L-Bow the Clown, Rotary stage 11 a.m. — Poultry Fitting and Showing, Poultry Barn 11:45 a.m. — Johnny and the

12:30 p.m. — Mutton Busting

3:45 p.m. — Nashville Stars, Rotary Stage 4 p.m. — Mutton Busting 4:30 p.m. — Dynamic Duos Competition, Sheep Barn 5 p.m. — Adult Fitting and Showing, Sheep Barn 5:15 p.m. — Cowgirl Tricks, America’s funniest cowgirl, Rotary Stage 5:30 p.m. — Mutton Busting 6 p.m. — Manfred the Talking Horse, Rotary stage 6:30 p.m. — Creedance Clearwater Tribute, Randy Linder, Rotary Stage

tion, Berg Pavilion 3:45 p.m. — Joe Stoddard, Rotary Stage 4 p.m. — Mutton Busting 4:15 p.m. — Cowgirl Tricks, America’s funniest cowgirl, Rotary Stage 5 p.m. — Creedance Clearwater Tribute, Randy Linder, Rotary Stage 6 p.m. — Mutton Busting 6:30 p.m. — Joe Stoddard, Rotary Stage 7 p.m. — Jumper Flats, Rotary stage

9 a.m. — Fairgrounds open to the Public

9 p.m. — Jeremy McComb, Rotary stage

9 a.m. — FFA/4-H Livestock Judging followed by Agronomy judging

Midnight: Fairgrounds close

10 a.m. — Round Robin Fitting and Showing Contest Small animals, South end

8 a.m. — Cowboy Church with Al Parsons, Rotary stage

10:15 a.m. — Cowgirl Tricks, America’s funniest cowgirl, Rotary Stage 11 a.m. — Best Dressed Rabbit Contests, Rabbit Barn 11 a.m. — L-Bow the Clown, Rotary Stage 11 a.m. — Round Robin Fitting and Showing Contest, Large animals, South end Noon — Eating Contest, Rotary stage 12:30 p.m. — Mutton Busting 12:45 p.m. — Randy Linder, Acoustic show, Rotary Stage 1 p.m. — Horse racing, Grandstand 1 p.m. — Weiner Dog Races, Grandstand area 1 p.m. — Team roping and Barrel racing, Rodeo arena 2 p.m. — Poultry Costume Contest, Poultry Barn

Sunday, Sept. 10

8 a.m. — Rabbit Barn Awards, Rabbit Barn 9 a.m. — Randy Battle Blues Band, Rotary stage 10 a.m. — Parade of Champions, Rotary Stage 11 a.m. — Horse Races, north end 11 a.m. — Longhorns, Rotary stage Noon — Deep Water Blues, Rotary stage Noon — Kids horse playday, rodeo arena Noon — sign-ups for Mutton Busting Finals, north side of Poultry Barn 12:30 p.m. — Mutton Busting Championship 1 p.m. — Fur and Feather Auction, Berg Pavilion 1 p.m. — Powder River Band, Rotary Stage

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2 p.m. — Okanogan County Fair Queen Coronation, Rotary stage

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country and horses, and my dad is into cars. So he has his little niche and I have mine,” said Whitney.

Shiann McCallum Shiann McCallum is a junior at Tonasket High School. She said while there were many reasons for her decision to run for fair queen, the main one was the opportunity to represent the Okanogan County Fair. “I have been going to the fair and showing for the past 10 or 11 years,” said McCallum. “I really love the fair, it is a great way to meet new people and make new friends, and there are so many things going on at once. I started taking different arts and crafts and vegetables to show, and I got hooked and decided to start taking animals. At first I started taking goats, then pigs and from

the start I was just hooked. I really love working the pigs, and bonding with them and seeing how much they grow, and how smart they are. And they are actually very fast.” At school, McCallum plays softball and has been a varsity cheerleader since her freshman year. “I’m doing Running Start this year, and I am super excited,” said McCallum. “I want to finish high school with an AA degree, and start the future of being a traveling nurse. I am also in FFA. I have been to State with the FFA, and this year I am the Class Sentinel. The sentinel runs a lot of meetings and speaks in front of FFA classmates, and does a lot of corresponding with all the members. I love FFA. I have grown up with Matt Deebach (Tonasket’s FFA teacher), and he is by far my favorite teacher.

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I only get to take one class at the high school this year since I am going to Running Start, so I made sure to have one class with him.” McCallum lives her dad and brother. “My older siblings are off doing their own thing, in Spokane and different places,” said McCallum.

Shelby White Shelby White of Twisp attends Liberty Bell High School. “I am proud to live in Okanogan County,” said White. “I have been coming to the fair since I can remember, and looking up to the queen. I enjoyed all the animals around. I think the culture is very inspiring here, and I would love to represent the fair as the 2018 Fair Queen.” White has been in the Methow Valley Cascaders 4-H club the past nine years, and this year she is serving as president of the club. “First I was secretary, then vice president and this year I got elected as president. I really enjoy being a leader and I think I am good at it,” said White. “I started the high school cheer team, so I think I could be a good leader. I was also the first girl wrestler last year, and I

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TONASKET — Riley Morris has been showing animals at the Okanogan County Fair for the past decade, and he has an abundance of ribbons and trophies to show for it. A senior at Tonasket high school, Morris began showing animals in second grade, starting with bunnies before moving on to chickens, sheep and goats; last year showing both a goat

and a pig. “I took second for fitting and showing for pigs,” said Morris. “Pigs are a lot harder to show, but the swine barn is the biggest one, with the most competition.” Morris said showing a pig involved moving it around the arena with a cane and pausing it, and answering questions from the judge to test his knowledge of the animal. “I had some pigs before that just ran around the ring. It just depends on all

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in the time practicing with his high school football team. “They’ve gotten out of the pen, but they always come home,” said Morris. “They are pretty friendly.” Morris said he’s shown both meat goats and dairy goats in the past. “I had to milk the dairy goats, and once you start milking them you have to keep doing it,” said Morris, adding that he didn’t care for the taste of the goat milk. Coming up on his fourth year with FFA, Morris said if he had any advice to share with kids, it


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PAGE 11 phies for goats over the years. Morris’s parents were both involved with fair animals when they were young; Gail showing sheep and dairy animals through 4-H in Othella, and his father Chris showing pigs growing up in St. John near Colfax. But Morris said he got into it because his friends were doing it. Other activities Morris enjoys with friends are competing on the high school track team and basketball team. At 6’2”, Morris is looking forward to basketball this winter with the school’s new coach, Aaron Small, an Oroville alum who’s spent some time coaching over the summer. “Aaron’s pretty fun and he

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Riley Morris works to get his pig to move around the pen with a cane, in preparation for showing at the fair. would be to stick with the same kind of animal. “Start with the animal you really enjoy, and stay with the same animal so you can get good at it instead of hopping

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around like I did for such a long time,” said Morris. Despite the change-up, Morris still came away with two trophies in the Senior Division

last year; one for Reserve Fitting and Showing and one for Reserve in Breeding. He’s also earned a Grand Champion with a pig, and has gotten six tro-




understands the game,” said Morris. “He’s a well-rounded human being, and he’s a homie.” A wide receiver and outside line backer on the football team, Morris also enjoys trapshooting with the Tonasket FFA team. He said he is looking forward to going to either PLU in Seattle next fall, or CWU in Ellensburg with plans to pursue a degree in accounting. The number he’s been looking at lately, though, is his pig’s weight. “I want it to be at 270 or 280. The maximum is 290 pounds, and I want to get the most I can out of it,” said Morris.

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