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A fair time had by all

Washington County Fair draws crowd, blue ribbon winners


Photo Credit: NEWS-TIMES PHOTO: MICHELLE THOMAS - Judge Eddie Miguez awarded Ellie Schmidlin and her pig Stanley the 4-H Overall Swine Showmanship Grand Champion at the fair last Friday.The Washington County Fair Complex in Hillsboro was hopping last weekend. Thousands of folks flocked to the grounds to experience fried foods, carnival rides and the best agriculture the county has to offer.

A year of planning went into the fair, which ran Thursday through Sunday, and planners and volunteers have already started thinking about next year.

Patrick Willis, who works with 4-H youth development at Oregon State University, said the fair was a hit with 4-H members and volunteers. “The kids working with livestock had a lot of great experiences,” Willis said. “And no one was hurt” while working with their animals. Photo Credit: NEWS-TIMES PHOTO: STEPHANIE HAUGEN - Youngsters filled the county fairgrounds last week, trying to win big plush novelties.

The Saturday night livestock auction drew buyers from near and far, and youth participants fetched a fair price for their meat animals. Derek Heisler of Forest Grove earned $4 a pound for his market hog, which brought him about $1,000 for his college fund.

Goats were very popular with 4-H kids this year, Willis said. Pig entries were also up, despite new restrictions this year. Due to a swine virus sweeping through farms, youth could bring their pigs to the fair to show but could not take them back home. All pigs were auctioned off Saturday night.

Photo Credit: NEWS-TIMES PHOTO: STEPHANIE HAUGEN - Youngsters sneak kisses with 4-H animals while strolling through the barns.The poultry barn was emptier this year. There were fewer youth chicken entries and for the second year in a row, no open poultry classes were offered.

Entries in the land products, baked goods, floral, and arts and crafts categories required earlier pre-registration online this year, which caught some regular entrants off guard.

The Growing Grove appears to be increasingly popular. Fair Complex Manager Leah Perkins-Hagele founded the project several years ago and has seen it grow each year with help from the Washington County Farm Bureau, Oregon Wheat and Recology. The Growing Grove focuses on helping kids connect agriculture and the food they eat with hands-on activities. Photo Credit: NEWS-TIMES PHOTO: STEPHANIE HAUGEN - Derek Heisler, a sophomore at Forest Grove High School, fetched about $1,000 for his pig Stanley.

Volunteers at the OSU Master Gardener demonstration garden saw thousands of people pass through the gate to see shining examples of tomatoes and onions, and debuted gardening classes aimed at low-income and Spanish-speaking individuals.

Photo Credit: NEWS-TIMES PHOTO: STEPHANIE HAUGEN - Fairgoers lined up for the carnival rides and spinning good fun.The ever-popular demolition derby was combined with a monster truck show, mud drag races and motocross Friday night and entertained an audience that packed the bleachers.

County residents only have to wait 51 weeks until the next Washington County Fair, always held the last weekend in July.

News-Times photo: Stephanie Haugen

North Plains resident Connor Stansell likes his small goats for clearing blackberries.

Hillsboro FFA kids posed with beef cow Haus, who was auctioned off Saturday night.

Photo Credit: NEWS-TIMES PHOTO: STEPHANIE HAUGEN - Both parents and youngins packed the livestock barns.

Photo Credit: NEWS-TIMES PHOTO: STEPHANIE HAUGEN - Kids wrangled their sheep in the show rings on hot afternoon for a chance at blue ribbons.

Photo Credit: NEWS-TIMES PHOTO: STEPHANIE HAUGEN - Fairgoers cooed at chickens and bunnies while they were on display last week.

Photo Credit: NEWS-TIMES PHOTO: STEPHANIE HAUGEN - Megan Sprute, Washington County Dairy Princess-Ambassador, took a break from handing out Got Milk? stickers to visit with her dairy cow.

Photo Credit: NEWS-TIMES PHOTO: STEPHANIE HAUGEN - The demolition derby packed the stands Friday night.




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