Livestock, lively judging highlight Clackamas County Fair
From peaches to pigs, the 113th-annual Clackamas County Fair offered something for everyone who attended the festivities Aug. 13-17.
"Peachy Keen Sweets" was the name of the annual, all-things-peach baking competition that took place last Thursday at the fair. Canby resident Rachel Jackson's Peaches and Cream Pound Cake was a favorite among the judges.
As in years past, the Kitchen Corner events were organized by Susan Sommers and other volunteers. Sommers could be seen instructing judges and facilitating the entries of the baked goods being displayed during this year's fair.
Syliva Soumokil of Oregon City was the volunteer in charge of facilitating the Peachy Keen Sweets contest, amongst other Kitchen Corner-related duties. Soumokil said her favorite thing about the fair was "just how laid back everything is and how easy it is to enjoy a nice day out." She even mentioned that she brought her 93-year-old mother down to the fair and had a hard time convincing her it was time to go home at the days' end.
Soumokil expressed her love for volunteering, saying her favorite part of the fair "is seeing new people bring their baked goods in every year."
In the animal barn on Friday afternoon, Tyler Kruse of Newberg was showing off his pig named Hank. Kruse, a seventh grader who is no stranger to swine, has raised eight pigs prior to Hank and shows no sign of slowing down. Kruse said the 250-pound Hank, who is six months old and deaf, spends most of his days in a deep and tranquil sleep. At the time, Kruse was hopeful that Hank would fetch a good price at the auction on Saturday. When asked why he chose Hank as a name for his pig, Kruse responded, "Well, I'm not sure; it just seemed like the right name for a pig." He explained that a fully grown male pig can weigh up to 3,000 pounds.
In the small animal barn on Friday afternoon, rabbits and bunnies both small and startlingly large sat munching, snoozing, drinking, and everything in between. Nathan Davis stood ready to answer all questions rabbit related. The father of a Happy Valley 4-H Club member, Davis explained that 4-H is like Boy Scouts or Girl Scouts, except for animals. When his daughter got a rabbit, he and his wife decided that 4-H would be a wonderful way for her to learn how to take care of her rabbit. Davis reports that she now takes care of the rabbit all on her own. He says that they attend monthly meetings at the 4-H clubhouse in Happy Valley were she gets to learn about rabbit raising, work on projects and meet with other 4-H members.
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