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Trout Lake Fair offers food and fun this weekend


There is no doubt that summer is here. The temperatures are rising again after our rainy respite. Consider a hike at higher elevation, preferably one with a body of water to escape the heat. Turn to cooking outdoors and take advantage of the long nights we have left. The garden abundance is growing daily and it’s time to start thinking about putting some of it up to enjoy in the sparse winter months. It’s also time to think about those Fair entries.

Trout Lake Fair: Trout Lake Fair is accepting entries in the following categories: Baking, Flowers and Vegetables, Thread and Yarn, and Children’s Art. The Thread and Yarn category is no longer a competition. The Fair hopes to showcase a variety of handmade items whether you or your great grandmother made them. Drop off for items is 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 1, at Jonah Ministries. Baking, and Flowers and Vegetables will still be judged, and entries can be dropped off at Jonah Ministries Saturday of the Fair from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. for Baking, and 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. for Flowers and Vegetables. Children’s Art can be dropped at the TL School on Thursday, Aug. 31 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. There is a way for everyone to join in the festivities. Check for specific details and contact information on all events.

The Fair takes place this weekend with three days of activity, starting Friday evening with the community potluck at Elk Meadows; food at 5:30 p.m. and contra dance at 7 p.m. Those whose last names begin with A-K are asked to bring a dessert, and last name L-Z should bring an appetizer, salad or side dish. Grilled hamburgers and hot dogs, condi­ments, coffee, soft drinks provided. Paper plates, and plastic utensils available (while they last), or bring your own. Bring chairs or a picnic blanket. Tables are limited.

Saturday kicks off with the Fireman’s Breakfast at 6:30 a.m., continuing until 10 a.m. Registration for the 5K and 10K start at 7 a.m. at Jonah Ministries; races, including the 1-mile Fun Run at 8 a.m. Parade registration at 10 a.m., with parade starting at 11 a.m. The Fair at Jonah Ministries is immediately following. There will be food, games, music and exhibitions, as well as the Community Foundation silent auction and baked goods live auction. Auctions and raffle drawings at 3 p.m. Weather permitting, Jim White will be at the Trout Lake School soccer field for stargazing at 9 p.m. Bring your viewing devices if you have them.

Sunday concludes the weekend with the community church services at Jonah Ministries. See for more information on all the fun events.

Knapweed Update:

Knapweed infestations have been spotted on Wapiti Road, Lonesome Pines, Good Road and Plentypines. Is there anyone willing to go after them? The County has authority to control noxious weeds and send property owners the bill but is understandably reluctant to do so. It is much better for us to take the responsibility. At this point, it is necessary to bag the plants and burn in the fall or haul to the transfer station. Monte will be taking a load when there is enough to justify the trip. You may drop off bagged knapweed in front of the old dairy at 11 Little Mountain Road. Remember to try to get the plant with the tap root attached.


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