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WLACC invites seniors to come along on bus trip to Clackmas County Fair. Enjoy a day sure to trigger memories of years gone by.

COURTESY PHOTO  - The West Linn Adult Community Center is taking a bus to The WLACC will travel to the Clackamas County Fair Aug. 14. Admission is free for seniors that day. Sign up at the WLACC, transportation is $10 per person.

At the West Linn Adult Community Center we believe there is something unforgettable about a county fair. Just reading the words can bring back a flood of memories, no matter your age. In the U.S., county fairs began in the early 19th century as a way for farmers to demonstrate modern farming methods to farming communities. The events quickly grew in popularity and became a beloved fixture in our culture. Most people have attended a county fair or two by the time they reach their golden years and have tucked away some wonderful memories. What are your favorite fair recollections?

Do county fairs bring to mind decadent fair food, like elephant ears, funnel cakes and cotton candy — foods dear old mother would never approve? Can you smell them? Taste them? For many people fair food is a big part of the fun. Modern fair food offers some more unusual choices (deep-fried Jello, or anything you can put on a stick) as the food vendors compete to put delicious new spins on old favorites, but the memories will taste just as magical.

Do you recall the thrilling rides? The rush of excitement as you zoomed and twirled and soared, then stepping off on shaking legs when it was all over. Which ride was your favorite? Did you like the view from the top of the Ferris wheel? Did you take a ride with a special person?

How about the musical offerings? Often the most widely anticipated social event of the season, the fair concerts are always a big draw. From local talent to well-known favorite artists, there is plenty to see and hear that will leave an impression.

Perhaps what comes to mind is the farm animals and the shows? Glossy, groomed cattle, perfect garden vegetables, quilts, art and crafts, and pies and cakes, all presented in the hope of being judged "the best."

Were you one of the lucky people who entered an event and won a ribbon? What color was it? Some of us fondly recall raising an animal to present at fair. We remember the hard work, the dedication and responsibility learned, the confidence gained. In addition to ribbons and awards, we took home valuable lessons and lasting memories.

The treasured experiences at the local county fair change a little with each generation, but some things never will. Spending time with friends and family, the fun and excitement, games and entertainment, things to do and things to see. All of these experiences connect us, and we celebrate the county fair as a timeless bridge that brings us all together.

Come with the WLACC to the Clackamas County Fair, Wednesday, Aug. 14. The bus will leave the center at 9:30 a.m. and return around 2 p.m. There is no cost for admission as it is Senior Day, and seniors get in free! The cost of bus transportation is $10. If you would like to join us, please reserve your spot and pay at the WLACC front desk. This will be a fun chance to revisit old memories, as well as make some new ones. Don't miss it!

Contact the WLACC at 503-557-4704, or stop by at 1180 Rosemont Road, West Linn 97068.

The lunch menu this week features beef stroganoff on egg noodles, with peas and chocolate pudding Friday, Aug. 2; chicken stir fry with steamed rice, vegetable medley and peanut butter cookies on Monday, Aug. 5 and Birthday Brunch with quiche, hash browns, sausage and fruit salad on Wednesday, Aug. 7. Cost is $5 per person.

Keli Stevens is a volunteer with the West Linn Adult Community Center.


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