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Silvana Fair returns July 30

 

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Barrett Paden checks out a baby goat at the Silvana Fair on July 25, 2015.

Children will present their farm animals at the local Silvana Fair, which returns this year on July 30.

All of the fair events are being held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on that day at the Silvana Viking Hall and surrounding grounds.

The Viking Hall is at 1331 Pioneer Highway, Stanwood. The fair is free and there is no charge for parking.

This is the 69th year for the fair, which Lynn Pattison, vice-president of the Silvana Fair Board, describes as a "little county fair."

Pattison said it is one of the first fairs of the fair season, and therefore one of the fair's main goals is to help children learn how to present their animals.

"Kids can get started and bring their animals to see how they'll react to an audience," said Pattison.

"Kids are allowed to talk to the judges and judges can talk to the kids. That's unusual for a fair, but it gives the judges a chance to give tips," she said.

Pattison said that the fair is popular with kids because it's a casual, relaxing and comfortable atmosphere for them to learn.

"Some kids have come here for half a dozen years," said Pattison.

"They like it because it's local and it's not as scary to enter as some of the other fairs," she said.

The one-day fairs are also easier on the animals that are being presented, she said.

There will be presentations of many different types of farm animals, including sheep, goats, dogs, pigs and other animals.

While not presenting any alpacas, the fair will have a alpaca exhibit that they brought in this year.

Indoor exhibits will also be on display at the Silvana Viking Hall. Crafts and handmade items from local children and adults will be on display.

"I like to see what hobbies people have and all the creativity that is out there," said Pattison.

Any piece is welcome at the fair's indoor exhibits, said Pattison.

"If a child has made something we'll take it," she said.

"Nothing has to be perfect. These are things they're proud of and we want to show that off, in that sense it's definitely a community fair," she said.

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Silvana Fair participant Ryley Hoiosen leads a goat around the viewing area during one of the goat judging contests at the fair on July 25, 2015.

A petting zoo and pony rides will be available at the Silvana Fair as well.

Pattison said that there is a lot for families and parents to look at throughout the day and it makes a fund day in Silvana.

"Parents can spend all day here and walk around. There's no time crunch," she said.

Several vendors will be at the event selling goods and there will be food vendors selling traditional fair food.

"We have picnic tables so families can bring their own food as well," said Pattison.

The local Harvey Creek Band will be providing musical entertainment throughout the day.

The Silvana Fair is supported by its all-volunteer staff.

"Nobody gets paid and any money we raise from the auction goes back to buy equipment for the fair," said Pattison.

More information about the fair is available at silvanafair.com.

 

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