Sunday, August 21, 2016

August 20 was the Island Fair. The theme was “What does the future hold for Washington Island?” It poured down rain til almost the end of the Fair. The parade was postponed an hour in hopes the rain would lighten up or stop. It didn’t. One of the main floats, the Art and Nature Center, was beautifully decorated with a windmill, Smokey the Bear, drawings along the sides depicting flowers for pollinators, organic farms and gardens, water conservation and more.  The oldest citizens rode in the Community Van this year versus the usual convertible. Mitt Austin was on the side I was on. The Van had a sign that drivers were needed. The Lions Club had members riding in a red farm wagon. Candy was thrown from Lions Club float and from several other parade entries to the onlookers. The rain didn’t dampen the kid’s enthusiasm for collecting the treasures. The plucky Red Hatters had a vehicle decorated and some of the members riding the red three-wheel bicycles that are for rent at Pop’s Kettle Korn next to the Albatross. Police cars and several emergency vehicles ran their sirens.  Due to the heavy rainfall, the parade entries were fewer than usual. The food stands were tented and the usual sandwiches, snacks and desserts were offered. There were three“bouncy house” inflatables sponsored by the Rec Center. Inside the Community Center were all the displays of food, art, garden produce and more with their blue, red, and white ribbons. BINGO was played under the big tent in the afternoon offering a reprieve from the rain. Toward the end of the Fair, the skies cleared and the sun came out in time for people to pack up and head home. The Washington Island Lions Club raffle ticket winners were: 1st prize, $2,000 cash, was won by Kelly Jorgenson; 2nd prize, $1,000 cash, won by Ray Cook;  3rd prize, $500 cash, won by Robert Cornell; 4th prize, $250 won by Noel Ryder. Thanks to the Lions Club for sponsoring the event and to all others involved and/or attending. After talking to several Lions Club members, they couldn’t remember a rain out like this year.