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Gridley Herald - Gridley, CA
  • Cooler temps means big turn-out for Butte County Fair

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  • With temperatures in the 80's last Thursday, families converged on the Butte County Fair to enjoy the carnival, fair food, displays and entertainment. The Courtyard Stage was the location for the annual Miss Butte, Miss Teen and Missette contests as the Fair Idol kicked off in Jake's and the local team roping was held in the grandstands. The winner of the Miss Butte Contest, Elizabeth Bentler of Chico was crowned by 2012 Miss Butte County Andrea Gilsdorf. Both Bender and 1st Runner-Up Raina Wright of Gridley were awarded Miss Congeniality. Miss Teen 2013 honors went to Marissa Bachellerie of Oroville and Sara Forrest of Gridley was given not only 1st Runner-Up but Miss Congeniality also. Missette honors went to Destiny Willis of Biggs and Hannah Norton was given 1st Runner-Up and Miss Congeniality. Crowds gathered on Whitaker Drive to catch up as they ate corn dogs, popcorn and of course snow cones and nachos while visiting each of the buildings. The Flower Bowl, the scene of some very unusual and beautiful plants and flowers was a big attraction especially for those who wanted to see the unusual “Magic Apple Tree", courtesy of The Wishing Corner greeting visitors as they entered. The center display caught the eye of the Butte County Fair Board of Directors, giving it a "Director's Award." Volunteer Dorothy Lindsay and her crew of volunteers worked hard to make sure that different flowers and arrangements were in place each day, something that happens each year. The Flower Bowl had a lot of traffic especially with demonstrations given by not only the Master Gardener groups but also local florists. Many people don't realize that the Best of Show entries change each day as do the cut flowers and the arrangements. If you didn't see the Flower Bowl each day you missed out on a lot of beautiful entries. The Ag/Hort division was housed in the Flower Bowl once again with many great vegetables, jams and jellies and honeys to admire. The Feather Room was bursting with tons of beautiful entries from tiny to large and once again the quilts gave the room a beautiful feel as there are so many different styles and techniques in each of the creations. Children were excited to visit and see what their entries brought them in ribbons and cash prize. Volunteer Lisa Donati's baked items were lined up just outside the Feather Room in Farmers Hall and was a popular place for people to check out what their friends had entered. Farmers Hall was abuzz with activity each day where the Butte County Historical Society welcomed not only the Gridley Museum to join them but also the Gridley Friends of the Library and the Butte County Sheriff's Department, both celebrating anniversaries and displaying their history. Past Sheriff's of Butte County were saluted with pictures dating back to the 1800's and the library celebrating 100 years in Gridley. For the rest of the story, pick up a copy of the Wednesday, August 28, 2013 issue of the Gridley Herald.

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