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Idaho County Fair kicks off today in Cottonwood

Locals recall memories of fairs past

2017 Idaho County Fair: quilts on exhibit.


2017 Idaho County Fair: quilts on exhibit.



— From scones and pigs to water fights and show clothes, it’s time for the Idaho County Fair.

With the theme of “Dreaming of the Idaho County Fair,” this year’s event takes place today, Wednesday, Aug. 15, through Saturday, Aug. 18. Details on the fair can be found in the Free Press special section which was in last week’s paper; it and the premium book can both be found at the fairgrounds and at the Free Press office in Grangeville.

This year’s grand marshal for the fair is Jeannie Fitch of Riggins.

“One of my first memories were the huge vegetables my father-in-law, Woody, entered and won purple on,” she recalled. “The next is the super pigtail contest; my daughter, Julie, won longest pigtail her first year. She entered every year and won in different categories. Fun memories!”

Highlights of the fair include tonight’s 4-H fashion show, Thursday’s Two Minute Talent Show, and Friday’s royalty crowning, all at 7 p.m. Then, Saturday includes the parade at 10 a.m., and the market livestock sale at 1 p.m.

For those who have not been to the fair, plan to attend and make some new memories. Here are a few “old” memories as we swing into another fair year:

•“My memories are the hillbilly lumberjack man with the white beard, entering a painting and my rabbit in the fair, and eating haystack taco salads. Of course … best high school memory of all … cruising and the community dances!” — Bonita Seubert

•“My grandpa told me and dad told me that the steam engine by the Lions Museum used to drive around at the fair offering rides. Wish there was something like that still; maybe an agricultural demonstration of some sort.” — Jacob Forsmann

•“Bawling my eyes out at the livestock auction when I sold my sheep. Then happiness two weeks later when I got my check!” — Tara Wolfinger

•“So many things to remember. I was in 4-H so that kept me busy, but the fair teen dances were the best!”

— Delsie Whinery

•”The scones and the end of the week dance with some great swing music were always my favorite.” — Jennifer Schoo Badertscher

•”I remember in the ’60s, meeting Buckskin Billy. He gave me his autograph, which I now know he embellished somewhat. He also gave me a pint of bear grease. Mom was not as thrilled as I was.” — Gail Stowers

•“Going to the Idaho County Fair was something I always did with my Grandma because my parents both worked at the Union Warehouse for harvest. My Grandma and I would always make baked goods to enter and she usually had flowers and things from her garden to enter. One year we decided to make zucchini bars for me to enter. She said we should just make half. Well, we cut all the ingredients in half except for the zucchini. They turned out pretty soggy, but it didn’t matter. Grandma just laughed and said ‘better we don’t make that mistake again.’ When I was younger she would always dress me up in her old pioneer dresses, load the ‘buggy’ and my dolls and enter me in the kiddies parade.” — Rebecca Warden



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