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Fair means fun time in our neighbor city of West Linn

One of West Linn's premier events comes up this weekend, the Old Time Fair in Willamette Park.

This year, the fair celebrates its 50th anniversary. Firefighters who founded the event five decades ago will be honored at the ever-popular parade on Saturday morning, and past fair queens and princesses will be introduced before the coronation of the 2006 queen on Friday night. Carnival rides, the lumberjack competition, entertainment of all kinds - from American Indian tribal drummers to '80s hitmaker Tommy Tutone - Lions burgers and all kinds of food and a spectacular fireworks display on Saturday night promise to make this year's fair another one to remember.

West Linn has faced some tough times recently - including finance department woes that brought a former finance director to jail for allegedly embezzling more than $1 million from city coffers and a loss of the city's bond rating - but officials seem to be working on getting long-awaited audits completed and turning things around.

One positive over the years for West Linn has been this fair, once called the Old Fashioned Fair. Even today it continues to live up to its old name. It's an old-fashioned fair in approach and attitude and that helps to make it a special event.

Area residents are invited to make the short drive over to our neighbor city, reacquaint themselves with old friends and participate in the many items that the fair has to offer.