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Centennial-themed Old Time Fair did not disappoint

by: VERN UYETAKE - Folks at the Old Time Fair parade didn't take themselves too seriously.Ask Arlan Sumpter what he loves so much about the West Linn Old Time Fair, why he has returned again and again for the last 25 years, and he’ll provide a simple answer.


Memories of watching his children on the rides; of eating the famous food prepared by the West Linn Lions Club; of soaking in all of the family fun the fair offers each year. At one particular moment, late Saturday afternoon, Sumpter looked on as his three children pulled on “old time” garb for a portrait at the Willamette Living History Tour booth.

“We haven’t done this before,” Sumpter said. “It’s actually a really good idea, especially because it’s free.”

As he spoke, the band Richie & the Catillacs played at the main stage not far away. The fair rides tilted and spun, and dozens of dinner options beckoned with their unmistakable scents. Where else could you find all of this?

Sumpter and his family were joined by scores of others over the fair’s three days this past weekend, as West Linn celebrated its centennial anniversary with one of its most revered annual traditions.

There were a number of new additions to the festivities, including a “centennial museum” and simulated radio broadcast titled “West Linn Radio Players Present Radio 1956,” both playing on the 2013 fair’s historical overtones.

And then, of course, there were events that remained comfortably familiar: A new fair queen, Celia Lawrence, was crowned early Friday evening, and the annual fair parade coasted through Willamette Falls Drive on Saturday morning.

Operating under the “100 Years - Out of the Past and Into the Future” theme, the parade set a new record with more than 60 entrants, according to coordinator Angela Pernisco. The West Linn Public Library took home top honors with the Best Overall ribbon.

Sunday brought more fun and games, with a lumberjack exhibition courtesy of the West Linn Paper Company and a pie-eating contest at the main stage.

West Linn resident Shannon Larsen had been coming to the fair for a number of years, but never took part in the pie-eating contest — until this year.

“My kids and my dad have (done the contest),” Larsen said. “It was pressure at the stand — we were buying tickets and they were pressuring us into it. So we did.”

Before returning for the contest on Sunday, Larsen and her family spent their Saturday taking “old time” photos, waiting for rides and entering the raffle. As always, the experience did not disappoint.

“Family got us involved, and we’d been coming here two or three years before we moved to West Linn,” Larsen said. “It’s just a good time.”by: VERN UYETAKE - Rep. Julie Parrish handing out goodies during the Old Time Fair parade.by: VERN UYETAKE - A new fair queen, Celia Lawrence, was crowned early Friday.

by: VERN UYETAKE - Meg Hoots of West Linn, with Emily May, proudly display the second-place ribbon for their Kids on Wheels entry in the parade.

by: VERN UYETAKE - Darlene Schwartz adjusts Ashley Newbore's hat for an old time photo.

by: VERN UYETAKE - Bob Lenneville and the rest of the Clackamas Community Band perform some classic tunes Saturday at the Old Time Fair.

by: VERN UYETAKE - The lumberjack show as Sunday.

by: VERN UYETAKE - A girl takes in the Old Time Fair from a higher vantage point.

by: VERN UYETAKE - Boy Scouts await the imcoming Parachutist.

by: VERN UYETAKE - Scott Buth snags a ground ball during the Friday's Olde Time Baseball game.

by: VERN UYETAKE - There were plenty of games at the Old Time Fair to challenge anyone.

by: VERN UYETAKE - A boy gets spinning at the fun house at the Old Time Fair.

by: VERN UYETAKE - A boy tests out a police motorcycle during the fair.

by: VERN UYETAKE - The West Linn High School Debs dance team participated during the Old Time Fair parade.

by: VERN UYETAKE - Queen Celia Lawrence tries out a royal wave at the fair.

by: VERN UYETAKE - Mayor John Kovash tosses candy to parade-goers Saturday morning.

by: VERN UYETAKE - This year's parade theme was '100 Years - Out of the Past, Into the Future.'

by: VERN UYETAKE - A replica of the Willamette Meteorite made an appearance at the parade.

by: VERN UYETAKE - Vehicles of all makes, include a tractor, traversed the Old Time Fair parade route.

by: VERN UYETAKE - This dragon was far from frightful at the parade.

by: VERN UYETAKE - Old-time photos were a popular hit during this year's fair.

by: VERN UYETAKE - This year's fair included a horseshoe tournament.

by: VERN UYETAKE - A car show and cruise-in was held on Saturday at the Old Time Fair.

by: VERN UYETAKE - A girl cools off at the Old Time Fair.

by: VERN UYETAKE - Erika Alsdorf and Tino Handris of West Linn take a spin on the Baby Bug rid at the West Linn Old Time Fair.

by: VERN UYETAKE - Games of bingo were held at the main state during the Old Time Fair.

by: VERN UYETAKE - As always, pie was a huge hit at the fair.

by: VERN UYETAKE - Princess Natalie Bruun tries her hand at ax throwing during the lumberjack show.

by: VERN UYETAKE - Log rolling during the lumberjack show proves it is harder than it looks.


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