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ANNUAL WHIDBEY ISLAND FAIR PROGRAM & SCHEDULE

JULY 19-22 2018 A Supplement to the Whidbey News-Times and the South Whidbey Record


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Whidbey Island Fair is ‘biggest party’ of the year By DAVE FELICE

Special to the South Whidbey Record

The Whidbey Island Fair is the community’s “biggest party.” That’s the view of Fair Manager Carol Coble. “People like the fair because it gives them an opportunity to come together, to celebrate and to show off what they’ve been doing,” says Coble. “There’s a lot of excitement about animals, food, entertainment and educational programs. The fairgrounds really come to life over the four days of the fair!” Coble is a fair veteran. She started when her daughter was in 4-H, moved on to working as a volunteer and was then named as paid manager. There are three temporary office workers and a seasonal fulltime maintenance person. Dozens of volunteers help keep the event running smoothly. The fair itself is in the midst of its ninth decade as an island institution. Whidbey Island Fair is operated by the non-

profit Island County Fair Association, governed by a Board of Directors. While the Fair is the main event, the association also presents “Build a Scarecrow” in October and Country Christmas at the end of November. “The funding struggle is real,” says Coble. “If we break even, we’re doing well.” In addition to entry and admission fees, the fair operates on donations of about $15,000 and small grants, including one from the state agriculture department. Coble expects up to 20,000 will pass through the gates, July 19-22, at the grounds along Camano Avenue in Langley. She says many people attend just for the entertainment. For the first time, young visitors can dress in costume and meet storybook characters from animated films such as Snow White, Moana, Sleeping Beauty and Spiderman. Other entertainment includes the only island

performance by the popular vintage rock band Hair Nation on Saturday. Matt Hoar presents his entertaining “Clucky Chicken” show three times each day, featuring chicken antics and joke The log show with Albert Gabelein and a presentation from gardening guru Ciscoe Morris highlight Sunday afternoon. Everyone gets involved in the Whidbey Island Fair, including the Navy, although unofficially. Once again, off-duty personnel from Naval Air Station Whidbey Island are providing security services for the fair. Coble tells of a guard who turned down an offer of a cup of coffee on a chilly night, saying sailors are accustomed to standing watch under unpleasant conditions. “This is still an old-fashioned country fair, with new life every year,” observes Coble. “For the 4-H participants, this is really their carrot, a culmination of their yearly activities. Everybody SEE PARTY, Z5

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gets a chance to be in the same place at the same time and demonstrate their activities.” She said the fair shows that household skills, especially cooking and baking, remain popular even with younger people. “The old arts are not disappearing,” she says. “People put a lot of time and effort into preparing for the fair. And the popularity of television cooking programs shows that people are interested.” According to Coble, many people buy a fourday pass, although it’s easy to get around the fair in only one day. She says staff and volunteers will try to assist those who have mobility challenges, but she acknowledges there are some locations, such as muddy barns, which are difficult to access. Because of the age of the fairgrounds, the Americans with Disabilities Act does not require accessibility modifications. There is more information on line at www. whidbeyis landfair.com Printed guides for the fair are available at numerous business locations.

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Morning 9: Danny Ward on Sax — Midway Stage 9:30: Dressage — Horse Arena 10: 4-H Horse Hunt Seat Equitation — Horse Arena Decorate Puppets — Fiddle Faddle Farm 4-H Dog Showmanship — Dog Arena 4-H Horse Hunt Seat — Horse Arena 11: 4-H Cat Showmanship & Type Classes — Cat Barn Sheep Showmanship — Sheep Barn Hands-On Robotics — Burrier, Arts Side Storytime after clown — Fiddle Faddle Farm Clucky Show — Poultry Barn Kevin Collins- The Hypnotist — Midway stage 11:15: 4-H Dairy Fitting & Showmanship & Type — Goat Arena 11:30: 4-H Poultry Judging Contest — Poultry Barn 4-H English Pleasure — Horse Arena

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Trail Class — Horse Arena Hands-On Robotics — Burrier, Arts Side Horse shoes — Fiddle Faddle Farm 4: Musical Horses — Fiddle Faddle Farm Clucky Show — Poultry Barn 4:30 Kevin Collins – The Hypnotist — Midway Stage 5: Master Gardener talks – Pruning — Burrier Building 5:15 Log Show Sign-Up & Practice — Log Arena 6: Freeborn — Midway Stage 4-H Swine Show — Swine Arena 8: PETE the Band — Midway Stage 8:30: 4-H Horse Drill Practice Grab a friend, gather up the family, go to the fair for good times — Horse Arena

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9: Public Presentation until 11 — 4H Building Danny Ward — Midway Stage 9:30: 4-H Western Games — Horse Arena 10: 4-H Goat Milking Contest — Goat Arena 4-H Dog Obedience — Dog Arena 4-H Cat Judging — Cat Barn 4-H Horse Champion Showmanship — Horse Arena 11: 4-H Alpaca Showmanship — Livestock Arena Hands-On Robotics — Burrier, Arts side Clucky Show — Poultry Barn 11: 4-H Horse Groom Squad — Horse Arena

4-H Poultry Showmanship — Poultry Barn Bekah Bee Music for the kids — Center Stage 11:30: Parent/ Adult Showmanship — Goat Arena 4-H Public Presentations until 3:20 — BlackBox Theater

Afternoon 12: Michelle Molner and the Recipe — Midway Stage 12:30: 4-H Horse Judging — Horse Arena 1: Jump Rope Contest — Fiddle Faddle Farm 4-H Goat Quiz Bowl — 4-H Building Clucky Show — Poultry Barn 1:30: 4-H Alpaca Trail Obstacles — Livestock Arena 4-H Public Relations Obstacles — Livestock Arena SEE SCHEDULE, PAGE Z11

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Pie baker winner of many blue ribbons By JOAN SOLTYS

Special to the South Whidbey Record

Scatterings of flour are in the air, on the kitchen counter and even falling onto baker Sally Berry as she deftly works dough before rolling out the crust for one of her signature pies. True to her name, the pie is being made with berries — blueberries, this time — along with apples, in one of Berry’s favorite combinations. “We had a big supply of blueberries, and I like the different texture and flavor of the berries and apples together,” she said. She lets those flavors take center stage, adding only sugar (more brown than white) and a bit of cinnamon before pouring in melted butter. Her long experience makes preparing and rolling out the dough a breeze. She also likes to cut a fanciful design on top of the pie to let steam escape; this time it was a long-stemmed flower. After it went into the oven, Berry happily cleaned up the bowls and flour — a chore she says is all part of the joy of baking. “My very first pie was in

a home economics class, where I used a can of cherries, and I really made a mess,” she laughed. In the years since she’s baked countless pies and probably made as many messes, she said. “Baking and cooking calms me down if I’m stressed,” she said. “I also love unexpected company, so I cook and bake.” Berry has a large collection of blue ribbons won at the Whidbey Island Fair. She’s also expert in food preservation: canning vegetables, making jams and jellies. Her basement is filled with jars of beans and beets, and her canned beets won a recent Best of Show at the fair. Glistening apricot and chokecherry jellies fill another shelf. Many of the vegetables come from a large garden she grows nearby with her partner, Klaus Zuiderbaan. Berry’s life outside her own kitchen has involved even more culinary activities. She’s a volunteer at the Island Church Soup Kitchen, creating interesting soups that range from a bacon cheeseburger chowder to tomato bisque. “People love that one. It’s

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Baker Sally Berry pulls her steaming hot fruit pie out of the oven. a real favorite,” she said. Berry also bakes and cooks for the annual South

Whidbey Mardi Unit fundraising event, which has raised thousands of dollars

for the Ryther Child Center, a nonprofit that helps at-risk children and families. And she’s fondly remembered for her Weanie Wagon food truck at the Whidbey Fair, where for years early-rising 4-H participants as well as daylong fairgoers could find burgers, hot dogs, chicken, salads and snacks. Her quirky sense of humor went further in naming a country-western band she had for six years: Sally Berry and the Butter Beans performed at VFW dances and other events, with Berry on guitar and vocals. A (very) spry 83-year-old, Berry is particularly proud of a singular accomplishment: her election as the first female president of the Holmes Harbor Rod and Gun Club since its founding in 1932. She learned to shoot from her father, who took part in pistol and rifle competitions. “I remember shooting live fire in the school gym in 1952,” she said. “We’d shoot into hay bales against the wall.” “She’s a very good shot,” said Zuiderbaan. Berry has also made

many fishing trips to Alaska, coming back with salmon that in one case weighed 72 pounds. “I think it was really at least 80, but it lost weight on the trip back to be weighed,” she said with a laugh. With all she’s experienced and accomplished, perhaps the most significant was her recovery from breast cancer. “I had breast cancer and I beat it,” she said. The Whidbey Island Fair encourages bakers to enter their own pies or other baked goods in one of the many categories at the fair, from breads and cakes to cookies, candy and, of course, pies. “We’d love to see more entries,” said Carrie Allen, baked goods superinendent. “There’s an opportunity for so much versatility.” A beet chocolate cake was excellent one year, she said, and fancy cakes can be showstoppers. The entry date for baked goods is Tuesday, July 17, from 1-7 p.m. at the Malone Building at the Fairgrounds. • Visit whidbeyislandfair. com for more fair information.

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There are plenty of reasons to cheer for parade By MARIA MATSON

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Get ready to cheer and wave at this year’s Whidbey Island Fair parade. The parade will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 21 behind the Whidbey Island Center for the Arts in Langley, go downtown on First Street and then to the Whidbey Island Fairgrounds. “It’s fun to watch everybody be in a good mood. That’s what I love about the parade,” organizer Mark Wicks said. “All the participants are excited and chatty and as they go through the streets of Langley and the fairgrounds. Everybody is just having a good time.” Wicks said the color guard from Naval Air Station Whidby Island is expected to present the colors at the beginning of the parade. Other entries include various 4H groups, including dogs and horses. Last year, there were some rabbits in the parade, Wicks said. Traditionally, the motorcycle group American Legion Riders participates. “We tend to have about 350 plus participants, or individuals, and 30 to 40 units,” Wicks said. “So it’s small in terms of units, but large in terms of participation.” Wicks said they have a

variety of frequently participating community organizations and businesses, including Friends of Friends, Good Cheer, Whidbey Telecom, Andrew’s Landshapers , El Corral Mexican Restaurant, Langley Main Street Association, Ryan’s House for Youth, Whidbey Island Nordic Lodge, South Whidbey Lion’s Club, Langley Masonic Lodge, Langley Community Club and Whidbey Island Dance Theatre. Wicks said he appreciates the help on parade day from the Island County Amateur Radio Club, Langley police, South Whidbey fire/EMS and Langley public works. “They help all to have a safe, fun, 45-to-60 minute parade,” he said. Fair manager Carol Coble, who is in her fourth year managing the festivities, said, “everybody loves a parade.” Last year, the parade marshals were Vicki and George Lawson, chosen for their participation in the fair as judges and for their 4-H work. Lynda Knapp will be leading the parade as this year’s grand marshal. She was selected because she’s been a long-time participant with the fair, Wicks said. “I’m very honored and

blessed. It’s a very nice, wonderful thing to happen to anybody,” Knapp said. She said she was completely surprised when she found out she was chosen. She said she’s been involved with the parade for over 30 years, since she was a young girl. “I’ve worked every aspect of the fair, from cleaning bathrooms to selling tickets,” Knapp said. Coble said Knapp’s positive attitude while assisting with the fair for so long was part of the reason why she was selected as grand marshal. “She would do what she needed to do to help and always with a smile on her face,” Coble said. Madison Ellerby-Muse, 16, and her horse Zoom will be honored as “4-Her of the year,” a title she says was immensely exciting for her to earn. She plans on walking in the parade rather than riding due to concerns for Zoom’s safety on the paved surface. The South Whidbey high schooler has been involved in 4-H since she was young. Her favorite part of 4-H is seeing youth develop themselves. Ellerby-Muse said her goal as 4-Her of the year is to open up an avenue for youth to come talk to her about improving the program

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Lynda Knapp will be honored as this year’s grand marshal. and being involved. “I just really enjoy the aspect of confidence and skill-building it gives kids,” she said. “It’s just a really nice safe space where you have all these positive people around you who want to see you succeed.” While Zoom may not be in the parade, Ellerby-Muse

plans to be there wearing her sash with her title on it. The parade will have plenty for onlookers to wave to, so come on out for a morning of good cheer and entertainment. “It’s just fun. It’s fun to see your neighbors, it’s fun to learn about some of the

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Whidbey Island Fair features entertainment for all ages

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A new entertainment feature joins some old favorites at this year’s Whidbey Island Fair. The newest activity, from When You Wish Productions, gives children (and adults) a chance to interact with real life characters from classic stories and animated movies such as Snow White, Moana, Sleeping Beauty and Spiderman. Through music and custom-made clothing, the enchanting performers enable guests to imagine their favorite character has stepped right out of a storybook. The performers all have extensive musical and drama theater backgrounds and have spent countless hours preparing to bring each character to life in exquisite detail. Child guests are encouraged to wear their dress up costumes. Since its formation last year, When You Wish has brought magic and smiles to dozens of events, including

the recently staged “Bibbidi Bobbidi Ball” in Bellingham. The fairytale cast members say they are “ecstatic to be partnering with Whidbey Island Fair and looking forward to a long partnership.” One of the most popular entertainment activities, Mr. Clucky, returns this year after being absent in 2017. Mr. Clucky, also known as Matt Hoar of Freeland, presents his highly amusing “Clucky Chicken” show daily at 11 a.m., 1 and 4 p.m. in the poultry barn. Promoting the show, Mr. Clucky says “it’s the best thing that anyone has ever seen.” Fair Manager Carol Coble says people take off work and even drive from Seattle to see the show. Clucky Chicken is a zany activity which involves getting chickens to do tricks and joking banter from the host. The chief clucker says the show, part education and all entertaining, has soared in SEE ENTERTAINMENT, PAGE Z12

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2: 4-H Horse Western Games — Horse Arena Line Dancing lessons — Midway Stage Clucky Show — Poultry Barn Fell from the Sky — Center Stage 3: 4-H Dog Rally Obedience Practice — Dog Arena Hula Hoop Contest — Fiddle Faddle Farm Barn Yard Bingo — Fiddle Faddle Farm Hands-On Robotics — Burrier Building 4-H Beef Show — Livestock Arena Master Gardener- Propagation House — Burrier Building 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 — 4H Building Clucky Show — Poultry Barn 5: Celia Jacobson- Ross — Midway Stage Klynte — Center Stage Pie Eating Contest — Fiddle Faddle Farm Master Gardener — Burrier Building 5:30: Chainsaw Safety Class and Log Show Demo — Log Arena 5:45: Line Dancing Lessons — Midway Stage 6: 4-H Swine “Over the Hill” — Swine Arena 4-H Horse Drill Practice — Horse Arena 6:30: The Olson Bros — Midway Stage 8: Bailey Bryan — Midway Stage 9: Weatherside Whiskey Band — Midway Stage

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Morning 9: Public Presentation until 11:45 — Black Box Theater Danny Ward — Midway Stage 10: Decorate Ribbon Sticks Fiddle Faddle Farm 10:30 Grand Marshal Lynda Knapp leads the Parade — Downtown Langley to the Midway 11: Auction Bidder Information — Livestock Arena

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Afternoon 12: 4-H Livestock Auction — Livestock Arena 12:30: 4-H Dog Rally Obedience — Dog Arena 1: 4-H Cat Olympics & Agility — Cat Barn Duct Tape Contest — Burrier, Arts Side Clucky Show — Poultry Barn Bayview Sound — Center Stage Shifty Sailors — Midway Stage 2: 4-H Horse Western Games — Horse Arena 4-H Dog Swap Showmanship — Dog Arena Horse Shoes — Fiddle Faddle Farm Poultry Quiz Bowl — Coffman Building

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Sunday, July 22 ALL DAY: Pony Rides, Passports, Roving Artists

Morning 9: Danny Ward — Midway Stage 10: 4-H Small Animal Round Robin — Small Animal Arena Louis The Magician — Midway Stage Decorate Hats after magician — Fiddle Faddle Farm 11: Kids’ Pole Climbing Finals — Log Arena 4-H Large Animal Round Robin — Horse Arena Hands-On Robotics — Burrier Building Clucky Show — Poultry Barn 11:30 Dakota Newman — Midway Stage

Afternoon 12: 4-H Parade of Champions — Horse Arena Master Gardener- Factors affecting plants — Burrier 1: Wally & The Beaves — Midway Stage Dog Fun & Games — Dog Arena Jump Rope contest — Fiddle Faddle Farm Ciscoe Morris — Center Stage Bunyon Busters Log Show — Log Arena Clucky Show — Poultry Barn 2: Goat Olympics — Goat Arena Dog “over the hill” Showmanship — Dog Arena Poultry Races — Small Arena Matched Pairs — Horse Arena 2:30: Goat Calling Contest — Cattle Arena 3: 4-H Most Beautiful Small Animal Contest — Horse Arena Hands-On Robotics — Burrier Building Most Beautiful Small Animal Contest — Horse Arena 3:30: Most Beautiful Large Animal Contest — Horse Arena Kg3 Band — Center Stage 4: Pie Eating Contest — Fiddle Faddle Farm Clucky Show — Poultry Barn 6: Hometown Hero’s — Center Stage 7:Danny Vernon “Illusion of Elvis” — Midway stage

popularity since it was first staged in 2008 to draw people to the poultry barn and raise a little funding. Another highly popular show features the enthusiastic musicians of Hair Nation in their only Whidbey Island performance this year. The group, described as “one of the Northwest’s best 1980s hair rock tribute band,” takes the stage at 9 a.m. Saturday with some high energy nostalgic rocking music. In their authentic 80s era outfits, Hair Nation’s Bret, Johnny, Marco and Brent revive the sounds and antics of recording artists such as Van Halen, Bon Jovi, Whitesnake, Guns N’ Roses, and others. Audiences rave about the performances that get people dancing and singing along. Hair Nation could easily be the biggest entertainment attraction at this year’s fair. Once named one of the top Elvis Presley tribute artists, Danny Vernon presents his “Illusion of Elvis” at 7 p.m. Sunday evening. Vernon says his show is designed “to hold the excitement of the stage performances of Elvis Presley, while respecting and supporting the integrity of the music.” For many fairgoers,

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Vernon’s performance is an enjoyable and fitting conclusion to the activities. The four Whidbey musicians who make up “PETE, the Band” perform at 8 p.m. Thursday. Band members describe themselves as “a rough and ready little rock combo playin’ covers just for fun.” Leader Dave Draper of the Greenbank area says the group tries to promote a “fabric of goodwill” with “no original music” from the late 60s and early 70s. Special guest Dave Licastro of Langley joins the band with vocals and guitar for this performance. Draper also gives credit to Fair Manager Carol Coble for hiring as much local entertainment as possible. Nashville singer-songwriter Bailey Bryan is on stage at 8 p.m. Friday. The vocalist described by Rolling Stone magazine as a “whip-smart lyricist” is seen as a rising star in pop-country music. Also on Friday, at 9 p.m., Weatherside Whiskey is on stage. This five-member group is known for its “down home” alternative country sound, featuring vocal harmonies accompanied by acoustic guitar, drums, mandolin and upright bass. Vocalist Tanner McInerney of Whidbey is rec-

The fair will feature entertainment including Mr. Clucky ognized for putting his own energetic Americana twist on traditional bluegrass and folk melodies. Weatherside Whiskey issued a 7-track EP recording called “Pickin’ the Pines” in 2012, followed by a 12-track album “Honey Moon” in 2015. The group has appeared at many live music venues around Puget Sound. Seattle Weekly says the band brings a “buoyant enthusiasm to their brand of jangly, roadworn tunes.” Well-known gardening expert, broadcast host and author Ciscoe Morris presents an informative two hour discussion Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m., in the garden center. There are numerous diversions featuring tests of skill and talent. In one of the more popular activities, Albert Gabelein supervises the “Bunyon Buster Log Show”

Sunday afternoon. This is a judged event, featuring demonstrations and giving fairgoers an opportunity to learn and practice logging skills. Beyond the animal and craft displays and judging, something is happening almost all the time at the Whidbey Island Fair. Those too young for a real horse can take part in the “Stick Horse Contest” Sunday afternoon at the Fiddle Faddle Farm. Artists of all ages are invited to participate in a contest to design a fair logo for 2019. For those who want to test unusual skills, there is a competition featuring Lego plastic blocks and another involving the use of duct tape. Again this year, the fair will have a petting zoo. Fairgoers can purchase carnival tickets in advance at The Goose grocery store, Whidbey Island Bank locations and the fair office.


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SUMMER FIRE SAFETY TIPS Summer is the time to enjoy vacations, camping, picnics and the Fourth of July; however, summertime also brings fires and burn injuries due to fireworks and outdoor cooking. Know how to prevent a burn while you enjoy outdoor activity this summer. - Wear short sleeves or roll them up when cooking on the grill. - Use long-handled barbecue tools. - Keep a 3-foot safe zone around grills, fire pits and campfires. - Attend public fireworks displays; this leaves the lighting to the professionals.

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