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2A Wednesday, March 5, 2014 Feather River Bulletin UR un Laura Beaten Staff Writer Ibeaton@plumasnews.com After a 15-year hiatus, the fair's once popular Sweetheart of the Mountains contest is returning to the Plumas:Sierra County Fairgrounds. The first Sweetheart ever, Shirley Dakin, was crowned in 1947. Her job was to represent the fairgrounds at various events across Plumas and Sierra counties. For the next 50 years the Sweetheart of the Mountains competition continued. Then, amid changing values and a decline in contestants, the contest was suspended, only to emerge reborn in 2014. This year's contest will incorporate three main judging components: poise, talent and community service. In addition, each contestant must submit at least one exhibit entry to the fair. The Sweetheart wins a scholarship, rides in the fair parade, gets free entry into any ride or event and acts as a de facto ambassador of the Plumas-Sierra County Fair. This may entail attending and speaking at community outreach events such as Rotary Club and other service organization meetings. Each community in Plumas County has a designated "den mother" to guide contestants through the process: Sierra Valley/Loyalton, Annie White; Portola/Graeagle, Maria Popish; Quincy, Leslie Froggatt; Indian Valley, Misty Banchio; and Lake Almanor/Chester, Marci Johnson. Applications will soon be available for prospective contestants. Fair Manager John Steffanic told the board at its Feb. 26 meeting that the winner will receive a $1,000 Shirley Dakin is the first Sweetheart of the Mountains, chosen County Fair. Photos submitted in 1947 to represent Plumas-Sierra scholarship and the printed this week. The guide halls, Art Barn, gardens, runner-up will receive a $500 has been updated to include opportunity barn, 4-H and scholarship, two additional photography FFA animal projects and In addition, each contestant class exhibits in honor of the' auction, the 2014 fair theme of will keep 50 percent of her 150th anniversary of Fun and Games will be woven fundraising efforts to put California State Parks. throughout the fairgrounds. toward a post-secondary fund. A coloring contest for kids The popular pig racing and Fair board director Barbara on the same theme was added tractor pulls will return, and Butterfield and 1961 as well. Another new photo an expo of games including Sweetheart Nancy Gambell category is "selfies," orsome on a giant scale, such as will be organizing the actual self-portraits taken with a Operation!, chess and event at the fairgrounds, cellphone or digital camera, checkers, will join many Contact Gambell at 927-7473 In addition to the regular for more information, fair fare of food and merchandise vendors, Susanville Fair features entertainers, the carnival, Steffanic reported that the parade, American Valley fair exhibit guide will be Speedway events, exhibit We Need Your Help! You May Qualify for a and nominate Feather River Fitness to help further our application with Tm rSneakers If you are a member of these insurance companies: Care and Treatment of Varicose Veins Wednesday, March 26 Doors open 6 p.m. Dinner served 6:30 p.m. St. Johns Parish Hall 162 Lawrence St., Quincy Enjoy a healthy dinner and presentation on the care and treatment of varicose veins by general and vascular surgeon Dr. Lawrence Milne. Admission is $10 per person. Tickets are available at The Plumas District Hospital Main Lobby or Carey Candy in downtown Quincy, Dinner with a Doctor is a community education forum sponsored by P/ureas District Hospital. DISTRICT HOSPITAL Sweetheart of the Mountains 1961, Nancy Gambell, is a driving force behind the Sweetheart revival after a 15-year hiatus. The 50-year contest was suspended in 1997. Gambell was responsible for bringing back 16 former Sweethearts to the 2003 county fair, where they served as grand marshals. others in an indoor setting that will be open for all to play. Bingo, cribbage and an outdoor beach volleyball tournament are additional possibilities, Steffanic said. The Battle of the Bands is slated for Friday night. Steffanic proposed awarding $1,500 in prize money to the top winning bands, as well as a performance slot on Old Town Stage for the champion band. New officers The board elected new officers for the 2014 year: Kenny Chance takes over the presidency and Tom Joyce the vice presidency. Director Thelma Olsen, board liaison to the Fair Foundation committee, reported that the group is still waiting to hear back from the IRS regarding its application for nonprofit status. Meanwhile, a volunteer list is being compiled and the foundation,s next meeting is set for March 5. The next fair board meeting is scheduled for March 26, 5 p.m. CO Recently, the Susanville Police Department has responded to multiple reports of counterfeit bills being received at local businesses. police in UR On Feb. 21, officers from the Susanville Police Department responded to Diamond Mountain C smQ after casino employees reported receiving * Valid through 3-12-14 Lunch Specials From $5.95 7 Days a Week. 8am,9pm Serving Breakfast , Also Serving: Friday Night Prime Rib 875 E. MAIN, QUINCY 686 MAIN, CHESTER 283-4755 258-1879 iga ing es three counterfeit $1 bills. On Feb. 25, officers responded to the Susanville Supermarket after employees reported receiving three counterfeit $10 bills. Also on Feb. 25, officers responded to USA Gas after employees reported receiving two counterfeit $10 bills. The Susanville Police Department continues to investigate these incidents. 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