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IOA Wednesday, April 8, 2015 Feather River Bulletin ( 00ili on campus Members of the financial aid-admissions and records team, dressed in special aprons, stand proudly in front of their chili at Feather River College's third annual chili cook-off, held March 31. The annual event drew five teams and dozens of hungry students From left: Nick Johnston, Randy Mikesell, Cathy Riley and Andre Van der Velden. Photo by James Wilson Fair releases exhibit guide John Steffanic Plumas-Sierra County Fair One of the most widely read books in Plumas and Sierra counties, besides the phone book, is the annual County Fair Exhibit Guide. The guide lists the many different categories and classes into which one can enter handiwork in competition. The very basic reason for the modern fair is a chance for residents to show Off what they have raised, made or grown -- better yet, to have their entry judged as better than their neighbor's down the road. The motive to compete lives on. This year's guide has some new and exciting offerings. Our excellent floriculture/horticulture building has two new competitions: Produce Art and Backyard Compost. Produce Art is simply taking a fruit or vegetable and creating a work of art. Animals seem to be most popular, but there is a class for anything. Believe it or not, people like to brag about their compost, and the fair will give them a chance to have it judged! Backyard Compost will give a blue ribbon to whoever has the best you-know-what. The Family Project is also new, giving the whole family the chance to work together to earn a ribbon. Everyone in a family will work on a display that tells a story, be it historical, fact or fantasy. Details are in the Home Arts section of the guide. Residents will fired the general rules governing their entries in the guide. They will also find a preliminary schedule of the fair, contact information and deadlines for entries, judging and picking up entries after the fair. Major sections include Home Arts, Floriculture, Art Barn and Livestock. Each section has many different divisions; for example, the Art Barn has divisions for Amateur Photography and Professional Photography. Those divisions are then broken down into classes, like Sports, Children and even last year's Fair. The Exhibit Guide covers how to prepare entries and when to bring them to the fairgrounds. Most entries cost only $2. Those who are judged as winners are awarded ribbons and, sometimes, cash. The Plumas-Sierra County Fair has followed many fairs that have published their exhibit guides online, saving thousands of dollars and many trees. The 2015 Plumas-Sierra County Fair Exhibit Guide is now available onthe fair website: Understanding that many Plumas and Sierra residents still have onlY dial-up for their Internet service, the guide has been broken down into smaller sections for quicker download. Entry forms for still exhibits, livestock and the horse show are all available on the website. A limited number of guides have been printed and distributed to community libraries and branches of Plumas Bank. Copies are also available at the fair office and fair staffers are happy to print out specific sections of the guide for anyone who requests them. A good measure of support for a county fair is the number of exhibits entered. Now is a good time to show your Support for the fair by planning to enter something this year. Fair staffers are happy to assist anyone with filling out their entry forms; call the fair office at 283-6272. 00mall farm crowdfunds for new equipment James Wilson Staff Writer Last week was a big week for a small Quincy farm. Five Foot Farm owners Cody Reed and Elizabeth Powell paid off their Kiva loan and launched a new crowdfunding campaign to help with farming equipment costs. Five Foot Farm, named after small farming concepts along with the height of the two farmers, finished its first year of production last fall. To start the farm Reed and Powell got a $5,000 microloan from Kiva Zip, an online site through which lenders can invest in small startups. "There were a lot of infrastructure costs that first year," Reed said. "The $5,000 went to fencing and irrigation and partially paicl for a shed." The two farmers approached the first year of production as a trial year. They planted on only 25 percent of the site. The results exceeded their expectations, however, and they plan on utilizing the entire site this year. "Last year was all about infrastructure. This year we're building habitat," said Reed. To help build their garden, Reed and Powell looked to the crowdfunding site On March 31, the day they paid offthe Kiva Zip loan, Reed and Powell launched an online campaign to raise money for a new walking tractor. Last year, Reed and Powell used a Troybilt till and a John Deere tractor to till the soil. Now, the John Deere' doesn't run and the Troybilt is unreliable and not powerful enough for the full farm. "It's really undersized for what we need. What we have is just not the right tools for the job," said Reed. Reed and Powell hope to get a new 853, BCS walking tractor with a 31-inch tiller attachment. The cost for the machine is $5,000. Five Foot Farm's Barnraiser campaign will only be funded if the full amount of $5,000 is pledged by May 6. If additional funds are donated, Reed and Powell plan to purchase a flail mower attachment land a roller-crimper attachment for the walking tractor. The equipment would save the small farmers a lot of time working the field and help grow the farm. Both farmers serve on the Plumas-Sierra Community Food Council and are active members of the newly formed Plumas Farmers' Guild. A future goal of both Reed and Powell is to integrate Five Foot Farm into sustainable ag education at Feather River College: To donate, go to and look for "Five Foot Farm: It's Tractor Time!" Cody Reed, left, and Elizabeth Powell, of Five Foot Farm in Quincy, joke around toward the end of their harvesting season last year. Now in their second year of production, the farmers hope to expand. To help with this, they set up a crowdfunding page on the website last week to raise funds for a walking tractor. Photo by James Wilson Evangeline LUXURY FIRM QUEEN SET Elsewhere Our Price CLEARANCE $1049 MODEL END CLOSEOgTSI REC lARGE" on hand. PILLOWTOP " QUEEN SET .... Elsewhere =?,.1-9J " Our Price CLEARANCE s999 CLASS" QUEEN SET Elsewhere Our Price..S99eJ  CLEARANCE KING SET Elsewhere =_24eJ9 " Our Price CLEARANCE =1199 NO INTEREST WITH PAYMENTS FOR 6 MONTHS!*