JUNE 10, 2010

Fair Feathers

By Jeanne Hood, Sec/Mgr for Clearwater County Fair Board

   It’s June and the fair will be here before we know it! The gardens are planted, hopefully, and craft and clothing projects are under consideration. 4-H animals have been purchased and weighed. And the Clearwater County Fair Board has been hard at work since March.

   While the board will miss Ed Wilkenson, who passed away last month, we are pleased to welcome former sheriff, Alan Hengen, as our newest board member.

   Alan was born and raised in Clearwater County and married to Carol for 43 years. They have three children and four grandchildren. Alan has been involved in 4-H, both as a participant and a leader. He was the first barn manager back in 1986 and ‘87.

   Before that, the County Extension Agent was in charge of the barn. In fact, he was chasing pigs during the fair when   then chief deputy, Jim Jefferys, approached him with an application to join the police force. He spent more than 20 years in law enforcement, eight of them as Sheriff.

   Alan maintains a very active roll in our community with his involvement in Search and Rescue, Junior Miss, Kiwanis, the G.O.P, and Covenant House Christian Center. We feel Alan’s commitment to community service makes him perfect for the board.

   This spring the board rebuilt the flower department in the exhibit building and rebuilt the underlying support system for the bleachers inside the barn. Both these areas presented safety issues.

   The theme of the 2010 fair is a “Treasure Chest of Our County’s Best.” The fair is scheduled for Sept. 16-19.

What’s new?

   Open Class exhibitors will have color-coded cards this year. Both Fine Arts and Legos have divisions for children 7 and under. Those cards will be pink. Ages 8 through 12 will have yellow cards, and 13 through 17 will have blue. For adult and no age divisions, such as agriculture and canning, the cards will remain white. Our senior division, 65 and older, will have green cards. Challenged individuals will have beige cards, and professionals will have gold ones.

   It will be important for parents to place their children in the correct age group because the judges will be using the colors to group paintings, photos, hobbies, etc.

   It should be noted that seniors will not be allowed to enter both the adult and the senior divisions. They must choose one or the other.

   This might be a good time to remind everyone to start saving all those return address labels that we get through the mail. Use them on the exhibit cards and bring extras for the superintendents to use in the entry books. It would save everyone allot of writing and time!

   Those of you, who need booths, for yourself or an organization, please call Cynthia Hedden at 476-3234. The booths run from $5 to $30, depending on the organization and the size of the booth. For example, non-profit organizations start at $5 for the smallest booth and political organizations are $30.

   The Board appreciates all the volunteers who help and are always ready to welcome new helpers. Anyone wishing to volunteer please call Jeanne Hood at 476-3516. Working together we will make this year…Our county’s best.