Photo: Mother Amy Lindor and son Christopher (center) with 4-H chicken "Danica." Christopher's partner is Dominic, with his chicken named "Camber."
It might be a few miles from the Anacortes shorefront to the fairgrounds in south Mount Vernon, but this island community contributes in significant ways to the annual Skagit County Fair.
From 4-H kids to entertainers, event organizers to Open Class competitors, the August 10-13 County Fair will include many Anacortes residents and others with local roots. Just a few examples include:
Skagit County Parks, Recreation and Fairgrounds Director Brian Adams is an Anacortes native. Adams, whose brother Brad is an Anacortes City Council member, writes of the Fair: “We are all vessels in voyage, forever pursuing a fixed course, yet at the mercy of fluctuating directional winds. With over 100 years of history, the Skagit County Fair has been changing the course of a sea of wandering ‘vessels’ for scads of generations.”
Closer yet to the action is County Fair Coordinator Aric Gaither, an Anacortes High School alum who lives and breathes the Fair for many weeks before and after more than 25,000 guests have moved through the fairgrounds gates.
“This is a great county-wide event,” says Gaither. “A great opportunity for folks to get involved, to take pride in their community. Everyone has worked hard on this year’s Fair. Come on out and enjoy some ‘GRINsanity’!”
Anacortes involvement also includes competitors, young and seasoned.
Among blue ribbon winners last year was Anacortes resident Pati Dever, whose quilt “Saturdays in the Neighborhood," won Best of Show and People's Choice awards in the senior quilt division. It’s safe to say this community will be well represented once again in this division.
At the youth level, look for young 4-H competitors including Christopher and Megan Lindor. This brother and sister will compete with a chicken (Danica) and a rabbit (Poppy). Their mother, Amy, will serve as volunteer superintendent in the Home Economics division.
Anacortes entertainers are also involved. Look for local magician Elliott Hofferth and “American Idol” competitor (vocalist) Joey Hendricks. Also performing will be Anacortes native Wren Shultz of the Bellingham Circus Guild.
On Annual Safety & Preparedness Day at the Fair, look for representatives of the Shell Puget Sound Refinery emergency response team. Island Adventures is another business donor to the Fair, donating a free whale watching trip to the winner of a pie eating contest.
Also on hand will be County Commissioner Ron Wesen, who represents the District One including Fidalgo Island. Wesen is a Bayview dairy farmer with a strong history of involvement at the Fair.
So there you have it. Anacortes loves community events, as evidenced by the Arts Festival, Waterfront Festival and more … but its enthusiasm is not restricted to the Fidalgo Island shoreline. Venture out yourself for the traditional Skagit County Fair, August 10-13 at the fairgrounds in south Mount Vernon.
Skagit County Fair
Fair Hours: 10 am-10 pm
Fair Admission Prices
Adults (18-64): $8
Youth: (6-17) + Senior Citizens (65+): $6
Family (2 youth + 2 adults): $20
5 years old & under are FREE
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 10
ALL TICKETS ARE $4 UNTIL 4 p.m.
Carnival 1-day wristbands: $30
Parking (South Parking Lot) $5