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Longtime manager handing over reins to others after 14 years By Renee Sande Marketing Correspondent

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art of the North Idaho Fair and Rodeo’s charm, heart and soul is leaving this year.

Chris Holloway, general manager, sees it from the opposite perspective as she plans her departure after 14 years: she’ll leave a little bit of herself behind as well. “It was a hard decision‌I love the fair,â€? said Holloway. “You live it, you breathe it, but now it’s time to go another direction,â€? said Holloway. Her passion for the fair began at an early age, growing up attending fairs across the region with her father, who was a racehorse photographer. When she heard about the top position open in Coeur d’Alene upon her graduation from the University of Idaho, she took the job, figuring it would be a five-year stint at most. Now, more than a decade later Holloway has surpassed the average number of years a fair manager lasts, not only because she wanted to be sure the time was right for herself—but for the future of the fair as well. “The average number of years for fair managers is 10, and I’ve been thinking about it for the last three,â€? said Holloway. Part of what led to her decision to finally move on is actually one of the things she’ll miss the most. “I took the job mainly for the staff, the volunteers—they’re such a great group of people. Now with the board

and the Foundation really established, there are some great resources to support the Fair’s growth. If you’re going to step down, that’s when you want to do it, so the tradition continues.� Started in 2005, the creation of the North Idaho Fair & Rodeo Foundation fulfilled a long-time dream of Holloway’s and the board’s to set up an avenue for financing major fairgrounds improvements and programs that wouldn’t be possible through normal funding sources. “I really want people to understand how the fairgrounds are such a resource for and an asset to the community,� said Holloway. “Support and an influx of revenue are so important to its growth and success.� Since the Foundation is a non-profit, Fair patrons are now able to support the Fair’s programs and facilities through tax-deductible monetary gifts, annual pledges, or to remember the Fairgrounds in their estate planning. It also provides a means to solicit and receive grants from private foundations. “We just had our first fundraiser—the Cowboy Ball—in April, and it was very successful,� said Holloway. “The money will go towards capital improvements as well as heating one of our buildings so that we can rent it Beth Krommenhoek year-round Tupperware Manager

with her husband and two kids, and pursuing her passion of photography. Chances are she won’t stray far however, as her girls show in 4-H. And another of her favorite things about the fair is “the visual,â€? which, for a photographer with a focus on western culture, is hard to resist. “It’s just a smorgasbord of smiling faces, the animals, the commerce going on‌it’s family and friends, people of all ages having a great time‌it’s the essence of the fair experience.â€?

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to generate income.â€? Plans for the improvements will be on display at Foundation Park, during the fair. While Holloway’s contract runs through the end of the year, she has agreed to stay on board until a suitable replacement is found and hired, to ensure a smooth transition. “There are so many details‌things come at you from all directions‌the energy level to deal with that comes from getting excited about it year after year and I had started to feel that excitement a little bit less,â€? said Holloway. Now the things that really excite Holloway are thinking about the time she’ll have to focus on her family— making more memories with her dad, getting her summers back to spend

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Chicks N Chaps By Cindy Hval Marketing Correspondent

he 4th annual Chicks N Chaps is set for 3 p.m. August. 24. This event (formerly Cowgirls at Heart) has everything a girl could want: Wranglerwearing cowboys in town for the North Idaho PRCA Rodeo, line dancing, a mechanical bull, drinks, dinner and shopping. “The objective is to get women involved in rodeo,” said event co-chair Mary Larson. “They’ll get to meet the cowboys, learn how to rope and find out about the judging process.” A live and silent auction will satisfy bargain hunters and big spenders alike in the crowd. Perhaps the most coveted item is a silver belt buckle engraved Chicks N Chaps, North Idaho Fair 2012. “It’s one of a kind,” said Larson. In addition to learning the ins and outs of rodeo competition, attendees will get to practice their roping skills with the guidance of experienced cowboys. They’ll also learn about the animals involved. “Rodeo is the livelihood of a lot of people,” she said. Today’s professional rodeo is unique in modern sports in that it evolved directly from a working-

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cancer awareness and education in the rodeo community. Chicks N Chaps partners with communities so that funds raised by these events will benefit local organizations. Proceeds will be divided between the Kootenai Health Foundation Cancer Patient Support Program and the North Idaho Fair Foundation. What could be better? Handsome cowboys, roping, dancing and a delicious dinner all to benefit worthy causes. “We’re really excited to be helping local cancer patients,” Larson said. To register go to www. northidahofair.com/The-FairRodeo/Special-Events/ChicksN-Chaps.aspx For additional information contact Mary Larson at (208) 691-2197.

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Liven up your Fair visit with musicians, clowns

Comedians that’ll make you laugh, music that’ll make you dance, the excitement of motocross and Demolition Derby, and the oldfashioned fun of the Draft Horse Show & Pull are some of the options at the 2012 North Idaho Fair and Rodeo.

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To make sure you don’t miss out on any of the family fun, here’s when and where you’ll want to be!

By Renee Sande Marketing Correspondent

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The FFP has a new location on the North Midway. It’s free and open 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. Featuring Curly’s Funtastic Kid Zone, “Ag-venture” farm displays and special daily activities, it not only entertains but educates.

A favorite Sunday event is the Demolition Derby, where participants purchase and build cars to destroy them! 6 p.m. Reserved Grandstand, Seating $5. Proceeds benefit Kootenai Charities.

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Draft Horse Show & Pull This show features the “Pull,” in which horse teams pull sleds of 2,000+ pounds of weight, and the Log Skid, an agility course, where horses pull two 14-foot logs through a course. Main Arena: Saturday, 2 p.m.

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Bane family continues support of fair projects By Cindy Hval Marketing Correspondent

Photo Courtesy Bane Family Katie and Zach Bane are longtime supporters of the North Idaho Fair and Rodeo

For Zach and Katie Bane, the North Idaho Fair and Rodeo is a family affair. For the past eight years the couple has worked tirelessly behind the scenes to support the fair and fair staff, and to honor the traditions the

annual event represents. Katie, a Realtor at Century 21 Beutler & Associates in Coeur d’Alene said it was family that first got them connected. “We got involved when our daughter Kassidy joined 4-H,” she said. Kassidy, then 16, raised swine and steers and showed and sold them at past fairs. “She bought herself a pick-up with the proceeds,” said Katie. While working with 4-H, which works with the fair for stock and other exhibit entries, the Banes became aware of the ongoing need for volunteer help. “The Fair can’t happen without a tremendous volunteer effort,” Katie said. “That’s what keeps us coming back.” Zach Bane serves on the Fair Board and the Rodeo Committee. His experience as owner of Bane Built Construction came in handy this year when the fair staff shared a list of structures that could use some sprucing up. “Zach coordinated an effort and got a group of volunteers together

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the Cowboy Ball committee. The inaugural event, held in April, was a huge success. “It was a fund-raiser for capital improvements to the fairgrounds,” she said. “The tickets sold out and we raised over $30,000.” But she’s not resting on any laurels. “We’re already planning for the 2013 Cowboy Ball. We’re doubling our venue size, and holding it at the Jacklin Building on the fairgrounds” she said. For the Banes, investing in the North Idaho Fair and Rodeo is a way to honor the area’s agricultural roots as well as support future leaders– like the kids in their daughter’s 4-H club. “The impact the Fair and 4-H has had on our family has been tremendous,” Katie Bane said. “She’s learned to cook and sew. Those are things I don’t know how to do!” Zach added, “We appreciate the Fair and Rodeo. It provides a place to showcase our rural community. We’re passionate about it and this is our way of giving back.” What the family collectively brings to the table impresses Holloway. “The Banes appreciate the traditions behind the Fair,” she said. If you would like Where you only see An M.D. volunteer time or donate, visit http://www. northidahofair.com/

to improve the rodeo announcer’s stand,” said Fair Manager Chris Holloway. “The floorboards were getting rickety!” Holloway said other projects included building new gates for the bucking chutes. “Those big bulls are rough on the gates,” she said. Zach said the most urgent project was the roping boxes.“They needed to be modified to PRCA rules–we were told it had to be done,” Zach Bane said. He received help in his refurbishing efforts from shop students from Lakeland High School in Rathdrum, as well as students from the North Idaho College welding program. Local businesses pitched in by offering discounted supplies. Zach said most of the projects he’s worked on are the results of deferred maintenance. “There’s just not enough time, money or bodies,” he said. Katie may not be out there swinging a hammer alongside Zach, but she’s using her own skills to keep the fairgrounds looking spiffy. This spring, Katie served on

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High-spirited event Wine Rodeo moves to a new night By Renee Sande Marketing Correspondent

or the third year in a row, a different, tastier kind of rodeo is creating quite the splash at the North Idaho Fair. The Wine Rodeo brings in participants from all over the world— Chile, New Zealand, Italy, Argentina, Spain and France, as well as the Western United States – and is all about what’s inside the barrels rather than maneuvering horses around them. Organizers say the annual roundup of reds and whites also adds a touch of culture to the fair, and gives fairgoers a chance see what great wines we have in our area and to taste wines from all over the world. “There’s a very vibrant wine community in our area, and we want people to know that,” said George Balling, creator of the event and coowner, with wife Mary, of The Dinner Party, a Coeur d’Alene staging business, that specializes in dinner party wine selection and custom wine cellar design and construction. “The Wine Rodeo is a great way for the wineries to get exposure and for consumers to try a lot of wine in one location with input from others,” he said. The Ballings opened The Dinner Party in August 2007 in Coeur d’Alene, and brought along extensive backgrounds from California wineries. They soon realized that public awareness of the talented winemakers

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in our region was limited so they began building and nurturing an appreciation for wines. One way might be to create a wine event in a nontraditional setting, making it very accessible for newcomers, so the North Idaho Fair seemed perfect. In their first year, they decided to invite wineries from all over the world to compete. The winning entries, plus approximately 100 others, would be on hand for sipping at the event. Chris Holloway, fair general manager, said the idea was original and exciting. “It’s just fun…it adds something new,” she said. In early spring, wine entries start pouring in, which are then judged in their varietal category by Balling and three other area wine connoisseurs. Each wine that wins its category goes up for one of two Grand Prizes—Best in Show Red and Best in Show White, each of which win a large, custommade rodeo belt buckle. Now in its third year, the Ballings have decided to make a few changes to the now popular wine-tasting event. This year the event has moved to opening night, Wednesday, for a little more relaxed atmosphere. The last two rodeos have preceded the PRCA Rodeo on Saturday, the busiest night. Moving the Wine Rodeo to a weekday also gave the opportunity to move the event from 3-7 p.m. to 5-8 p.m., to avoid

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the searing afternoon heat, and change the location from inside the Clubhouse to under the trees at Foundation Park. “Wine doesn’t show very well in the heat…the later time and outdoors setting will be much more enjoyable for our guests,” said Balling. Purchase your tickets in advance for $25, which includes Fair admission. If you buy them at the door, the cost is $20 but doesn’t include Fair admission ($9 for adults). Advance ticket locations are available at the North Idaho Fair office and at The Dinner Party, 3520 N. Government Way (across from

Wholesale Sports and Costco). Cost includes logo wine glass and five 2-ounce tastes. Additional 2-ounce tastes may be purchased. A sister event, the very popular “Winter Wine Rodeo,” takes place at the fairgrounds at the end of November. Balling said this one attracts over 400 people each year and is a “retrospective tasting” of the same wines from the upcoming Wine Rodeo. For more info, visit www. northidahofair.com/ or call The Dinner Party at (208) 765-5653.

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