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Silvana Fair celebrates 70th year

 

August 2, 2017 | View PDF

Christopher Andersson

Local Rachel Breitenstein, 7, right, uses a water hose from the Silvana Fire Department with help from local firefighter Brad Keen as part of an activity at the Silvana Fair on July 29.

The Silvana Fair celebrated its 70th year in operation on July 29, helping local kids present their animals in one of the first fairs of the summer season.

The annual event in Silvana provides activities for families, an opportunity for kids to practice showing livestock, festival food and many different animals and crafts.

This year's ribbons featured a 70th anniversary pin.

"It's one of those landmark years," said Kyle Glover, co-chairman of this year's fair.

"Mostly the local people have done it all these years, so it's always stayed a volunteer program and stayed with its mission to be free," he said.

Glover said the event brings out a lot of families, including his own.

"My whole family is involved with it. My grandpa was in charge of it before I was, so it's been passed down, which is always cool," he said.

Local Vernon Breitenstein said he comes every year with his family.

He said he likes "the community, the family. All of our family is meeting here to spend the day to do the petting zoo, visit our friend who usually hands out Bibles, and go listen to the music," he said.

As one of the summer's first fairs, the Silvana Fair serves as a teaching fair, with judges providing constructive criticism to local kids bringing in their livestock before they go to larger fairs in the state.

Annika Hatfield has presented her livestock for three years at the fair.

"It's really fun and it's good as a first fair just to get everything started and kicked off," she said. "You get everything prepped and ready."

Conner French presented this year and said the fair was good for "something to get away to."

Glover's favorite part of the fair is watching the kids practice their presentations. "I like seeing the kids when they're out showing," said Glover. "It makes all the work in the week before worth it."

He has his own history with the fair as he presented livestock in it when he was a kid.

Christopher Andersson

Conner French, right, shows his goat to judge Alicia Lamperts, left, at the Silvana Fair on July 29.

"I was a part of that as well, so getting to be a part of what my elders did for me is pretty cool," he said.

This year's event had good weather and lots of new volunteers, said Glover.

"It's going well. This week's set-up has been awesome," he said. "Lots of kids are getting more involved with the set-up."

Glover said that people enjoy the free fair with no cost for parking. The Silvana Fair is put on entirely by volunteers and he said that was part of spirit of the fair, and helped make it a hometown event.

"No one gets paid to be out here, so you just see the people who want to help their community and be involved with it," he said.

There was a good crowd this year as well, said Glover.

"A good turnout of people. It's not super crowded, but there's a lot of people," he said.

 

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