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Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015 9B nty fair d well in revenue, Ann Powers Staff Writer Nobody really knows exactly how long the Plumas-Sierra County Fair has been around, but this year's one-hundred- and-something-ish event was relatively prosperous according to organizers and preliminary numbers. "Some categories edged up slightly, some slipped, but no trend has developed," said Fair Manager John Steffanic. "The good news is all the numbers are certainly healthy." Reports show attendance, parking, carnival sales and concession sales all saw slight increases. Judged exhibits were down slightly, although the number of paid exhibits held steady. Serpilio Hall had one less vendor than last year. Officials said many businesses wanted to set their booths up outside and overall vendor participation has declined since the recession. "It would appear the reductions in payrolls has been the main reason for the drop in commercial vendors at the fair," explained Steffanic. "They don't have the time or staff to physically be there." An increase in pre-sale tickets bumped the carnival revenue up by $3,000, while food concessions saw a less "Some categories edged up slightly, some slipped, but no trend has developed. The good news is aM the numbers are certainly healthy." John Steffanic Fair Manager Plumas-Sierra County Fair than one percent rise. Out of 18 vendors, basic fair food had the most sales, followed by Thai cuisine and ice cream. Chester and. Quincy wrestling teams shared parking duties and 200 more cars paid this year than last. Overall, the teams collected money from 1,574 vehicles. Opening and closing days, Aug. 12 and 16, were the Pay What You Can Days. The carnival was not running on Aug. 12 and donations equaled about $770 -just $20 up from 2014. On Aug. 16, there was a significant increase with $1,632 donated. Steffanic said entertainment did well with MindSurfm', Capn' Jack Spareribs and Circus Imagination showing high attendance. He added, Chipperstock 2015 "was fun and received a lot of buzz," by offering 100 free tie-dye T-shirts to the first 100 attendees. Plumas Arts Executive Director Roxanne Valladao said the Art Barn People's Choice awards had a great turnout of artists showcasing their talents and art-loving fairgoers judging their work. "Each year the most coveted awards are chosen by the folks who attend the fair and take the time to cast ballots for their favorites in a variety of categories," she said. The People's Choice award winners and the category for which they won are: - Sylvia Wood was chosen for Children's Arts and Crafts. - Jade Kennedy won the Student Photography category. attendance - Johnna Leonhardt was the adult Amateur Arts & Crafts People's Choice award winner. - Terri Rust captured the adult Amateur Photography award. - Lucinda Wood was chosen for the Professional Arts & Crafts Division. - Michael Beatley won for Professional Photography. In addition to the honor, Valladao said each winner received "a beautiful ribbon" and a cash award contributed by Plumas Arts. Law enforcement officials were also happy with this year's fair. "I'm very pleased to report the fair was uneventful from the sheriffs office perspective," said Plumas County Sheriff Greg Hagwood. "There were no notable issues." Michael Beatley won The People's Choice Award for Professional Photography for this still life photo printed on aluminum. Photo submitted Sheriff Greg Hagwood, seconds before getting dunked as part of a Quincy High School fundraiser, said he's "pleased to report" the 2015 Plumas-Sierra County Fair "was uneventful" from a law enforcement perspective. Photo by Ann Powers in I I I Ann Powers Staff Writer Quincy's Myrna Henwood likes t0have fun atthe Plumas-Sierra County Fair-- and part of that includes winning. With 16 items in the baked goods judging, several others in canning, six produce entries, three pieces of her original craftwork at the Art Barn and a float in the Quincy Chamber of Commerce's 70th annual fair parade - Henwood made off like a blue ribbon bandit at this year's event. "It's kind of fun to brag about," she joked. Bragging rights earned-- and then some. Henwood took home a first place award for her craftwork, three top nods in produce and a blue ribbon for her float entry in the parade. She also earned several second-place recognitions and other honors. Henwood has participated in the local fair and parade for about eight years. She said gearing up for the competition's creative chaos requires three days of baking beforehand, countless hours in her garden, months scoping yard sales and thrift stores and a lengthy retreat into her woodworking shed/studio. Her husband, Bill, said he doesn't mind his wife's hectic schedule when the fair rolls around. "She's been busy, busy, busy for some time now," he said. "I totally enjoy watching her do all of this stuff and rm tickled to death she enjoys it." And Bill enjoys the fruits, or cakes, of her labor. "I'm consuming the leftovers," he admitted. "My favorite is her Pumpkin Dump Cake. It's great." Myrna said she's earned about 75 ribbons throughout the years, among other prizes, but is really in it for the fun. "Winning is nice," she explained. "But, it's not the point. It's something I enjoy and I had a blast in the parade." Chamber officials couldn't agree more that a good time, and community participation, is key in keeping the parade "afloat." "By participating in the parade you will demonstrate your support for your community, county and local businesses," said QCC's Diane Forsberg. "And, have fun!" The chamber encourages those interested in getting involved in the 2016 parade to act early. There are dozens of divisions and categories to choose from and volunteers are always needed behind the scenes as well. For more information about joining next year's festivities, or to volunteer, call the Quincy Chamber of Commerce at 283-0188. BubOes Hello, I'm a 1-year-old female Mountain Cur mix who goes by the name of Bubbles. I may not be outgoing right at first, but I'll warm up to you soon enough, maybe for a goody or just for some good old fashioned lovin' and pett'm'. I'm a sweet, smart little girl who just needs a little T.L.C. I like to ease into things slowly so we might have to meet more than once for you to see my true personality. I assure you though; I will relax once I get to know you just a little better and you will see just what a friendly, easy going gal I am. Kitty cats just aren't my thing so I'd prefer a home without them, please. If I look like I could fit into your family, swing by High Sierra Animal Rescue and let's see how things go! Open from 10 am to 4 pm, Mon. Thru Sat. (530) 832-4727 Open from 10 am to 4 pm, Mon. thru Sat. * (530) 832-4727 Myma Henwood proudly holds up the blue ribbon she won in this year's Quincy Chamber of Commerce county fair parade. Photos by Ann Powers "It's something I enjoy and I had a blast at the parade." Myrna Henwood, entry winner, Plumas-Sierra County Fair Quincy Chamber of Commerce officials say community support is vital to the fair's success and a ton of fun. 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