RIDGEFIELD — Shortly after stepping off a C-Tran bus Wednesday at the Clark County Fair, Vancouver resident Dennis Hall had no trouble listing reasons why he and Sylvia Hall ditched the car to travel to the event.
Every year the Clark County Fair is filled with familiar sights and sounds. The Harbor Patrol Jazz Band is an enduring entertainment fixture at the fair, as the ensemble gets ready to play its 20th year. You can hear the Harbor Patrol Jazz Band performing at 1, 2, 3, 4:15 and 5:20 p.m. today, Sunday and Aug. 14-16, near the East and West ends, in the Exhibition Hall lobby and in front of the South Hall buildings.
Fair Manager John Morrison said today that gun rights activist and rock star Ted Nugent's Aug. 5 concert has been canceled, but not because of a petition that urged fair organizers to nudge the Nuge from the lineup.
Fairgrounds -- The 2014 Clark County Fair Court coronation that took place at the Fairgrounds last month also raised more than $5,000 for Innovative Services NW, a nonprofit agency that serves people with a variety of disabilities and disadvantages. Innovative serves approximately 1,100 people of all ages each week, and has the largest pediatric therapy clinic in Clark County. The Fair Court -- that's Katelyn Socolofsky, Danielle Pongratz and Mikayla Kytola -- will act as ambassadors to the fair at various events in the run-up to the event in August. Their coronation evening, Feb. 1, included music, food and games.
Walking down the midway at the fair can feel like facing an endless sea of heat, dust and doohickeys. As the sun beats down on the black asphalt, one might wonder is there any plant life here? Can I even eat any sort of plant life here? The "fruit" smoothies, after all, are mere mirages of flavored juice and ice, and the curly fries sweaty siblings of their potato predecessors.