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Families enjoy annual Silvana Fair

 

Christopher Anderssons

Ella Bowen, left, and her mother Christy Bowen look at some of the chickens on display at the 2016 Silvana Fair on July 30.

Roosters, pigs, goats, cows and more were in Silvana on July 30 for the annual Silvana Community Fair.

The volunteer-run fair brought vendors, livestock competitions, tractor pulls and classic fair food to the Silvana area for the day.

Silvana Fair Board president Mary Fuentes said that people like the local feel of the fair.

"It's a one-day, very country fair, not commercial," she said, adding that people also like to come down to see all of the animals on display.

Local Christy Bowen said she likes to come to the fair every year, and daughter Ella Bowen said she enjoys the livestock on display.

"It's a small one so it's fun to come to," said Christy Bowen.

Cece Vaughan brought her mini-Lamancha goat to compete in the livestock competition and said she enjoyed the fair.

"I love that it brings a whole bunch of people together. Even though it's a small fair, there's a lot of people that come together for it," she said.

Vaughan said that it has a more personal feel than some of the bigger fairs out there.

"With [bigger fair] pens, people can't come in and get close or touch the goats and get a feel for them, but here people can come up and say 'hi,'" she said.

Part of the goal of the Silvana Fair is to provide a place where people like Vaughan and others can practice displaying their animals.

"You see it at the demonstrations that the kids do," said Fuentes.

In addition to providing information and resources at the fair, the kids get tips from the judges on how to improve their presentation, something that is usually not given.

Christopher Andersson

Cece Vaughan presents her mini-Lamancha goat at one of the livestock competitions at the 2016 Silvana Fair on July 30.

Fuentes said she enjoys seeing the kids every year, and some of them come every year to learn how to present their livestock for competitions.

"I like seeing them learn, from tiny tots all the way up. There's little 3-year-olds showing goats, and we're helping and teaching them," she said.

She also liked the community aspect of the fair and "seeing old friends who I haven't seen in forever."

The Silvana Fair is free and entirely volunteer and donation driven, so Fuentes wanted to thank the community for their support that helps keep the event going every year.

"What a great community we live in. Between the church, the fire department, the meat market and others, everyone supports the fair here," said Fuentes.

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

 

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