Columbia County Fair Board looks back, forward

High and low points for the fair give organizers a place to start in planning for 2011.


DAYTON -- Columbia County Fair Board members took a look back at the 2010 Fair, and began planning for the 2011 fair at their meeting Monday.

Fair manager Shane Laib said Tuesday he didn't have final figures on attendance, but "it appears gate sales were up.

There were some last-minute changes in the event schedule, and some disappointments with attendance at special events, but highlights included the Kid Zone, which garnered an award from the Washington State Fair Association.

Miranda Bowen, who was superintendent of the Kid Zone, received the award at a recent State Fair Association meeting, Laib said.

Another highlight was the Krazy K-9s 4-H Club and its demonstrations in the dog show.

The 4-H and FFA market livestock sale brought in about $82,000 for the 62 youths who sold their animals. "Even though they are in tough times the community still stepped forward to support the youth," Laib said.

Fair volunteers turned lemons to lemonade when the motocross organizers canceled the Sunday event due to lack of volunteers to run it. Instead, "we just went back to true family fun" Laib said.

Traditional games for all ages, including three-legged races and an egg toss, entertained participants and audience. Games on horseback for horse exhibitors were also included.

The Bull Bash was moderately successful, but the Legends concert was not, Laib said. "We'll revisit the entire concert scenario again.

The kickoff for 2011 is set for March 26 in the fair pavilion. The fair theme will be announced, and the new hosts and hostesses will be introduced.

Applications for fair hosts and hostesses are available at the Extension Office and Dayton High School.

New board members were elected to replace outgoing member Raymond DeRuwe, Don Howard and Roland Schirman. The new members are Merle Myrick, Glenn Hagfeldt and Chuck Amerein.

Board officers are Miranda Bowen, president; Debbie Bailey, vice president; Barbara Fullerton, treasurer, and Christine Broughton, secretary.

Returning board members are Bob McCauley and Neil Stephens.

Carrie Chicken can be reached at or 522-5289.


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