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Old Time Fair celebrates 50th

by: Vern Uyetake, Cassandra Wes, left, and Heather Hutson of Sherwood go for a spin at last year’s Old Time Fair carnival. The fair kicks off its 50th year next weekend in Willamette.

Get ready to celebrate, West Linn. The Old Time Fair is back in Willamette Park next weekend, and it's the 50th anniversary of the popular event.

'We have the opportunity to acknowledge all the great folks who have been a part of the fair through the years,' said Shauna Shroyer, volunteer coordinator with the city of West Linn.

In honor of five decades of fun and tradition, special guests will abound during the three days of festivities. To kick off the event Friday, July 21, former Old Time Fair court queens and princesses will be honored before the 2006 queen is crowned.

And to honor those who started it all, former firefighters who founded the Old Time Fair 50 years ago will be grand marshals at the ever-popular parade, which begins at 10 a.m. June 22 on the streets of downtown Willamette. This year's theme is 'Jumpin' Jubilee - our Fair is 50!'

A brand new stage has been built in Willamette Park, with the help of D.J.'s Custom Decking and many dedicated volunteers, and will be ready for events ranging from the new queen's coronation to musical entertainment including Tommy Tutone, who had the popular 1980s hit 'Jenny (867-5309).' Icon Construction is sponsoring a fireworks display over the river that will follow Tutone's show Saturday, July 22.

The West Linn Paper Company's Professional Lumberjack contest that debuted last year will be back, and favorite fair events such as the carnival rides, custom car show, parade, waterskiing show, beer garden and a variety of food and vendors are expected to delight the crowds. Also on tap are the horseshoe tournament, bingo and pinochle, as well as the Little Brutes and Beauties Pageant and the Mutt and Pet Show.

New to the lineup this year are beach wrestling and seaplane rides, and a variety of entertainment will abound, including a performance by American Indian drummers.

Just added is a dog wash benefit for the West Linn Police Department's efforts to get a K-9 police dog. Police officers will wash dogs on July 22 and 23 - with the help of Wash'n Roll mobile pet grooming - and all proceeds will go to the K-9 fund.

Fair organizers are still looking for past fair organizers, volunteers, volunteer firefighters and fair court members to be honored at this year's celebration. Contact Shroyer at 505-723-2544 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

For more information on the fair, including a complete schedule of events, see the special section in next week's Tidings, or visit the Web site at www.ci.west-linn.or.us.