Community pride big at small fair


Our county fair has arrived. If you have never been to this fair where have you been? This is the very definition of our town.

Community members gathered together some showing off, some admiring, lots eating and plenty shopping. What an honor to our history to know that the Northern Gila County Fair is held every year right here in Pine.

Saunter downtown; there is so much to see vegetables, photos, handmade quilts and strawberry jam. Stop in at the school exhibits to see Rim country students' first work of the new year. Houses, totem-poles and paintings are just some of the projects I have seen teachers carting into the exhibit room. Watch as a child's face lights up as you comment on their ribbons.

Take the bus or drive down to the animal barn for the horse show and 4-H and FFA livestock auction on Saturday, or go see the small-animal exhibits including rabbits, chickens and guinea pigs. Don't forget the 4-H llama show on Sunday.

No matter when you stop in or how much you manage to see you can't leave without being touched. The hands of time have stopped momentarily and allowed this community to continue to share in the precious resource of community pride. Join us for the fun.

Strawberry Schoolhouse

The Strawberry Schoolhouse will be open on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for just a few more weekends.

This weekend, returning guest David Johnson Blacksmith from Gryzzworks Forge of Came Verde will be demonstrating the art of blacksmithing all day Saturday and Sunday.

Pine-Strawberry Walkathon

Well folks, you might have thought that the festivities this weekend bring the Pine-Strawberry summer schedule to a close, but the Walkathon is still to come.

This, the third annual Walkathon, will kick off at 8 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 23.

Walkers, runners, rollers (the course is also accessible to wheelchairs) and others will meet at our community owned medical center on Hardscrabble Road to hit the mostly paved trail.

The goal of this year's walkathon is to raise enough money to purchase an EKG machine and some equipment to test people's hearing.

The first 100 registrants receive a free T-shirt, custom designed by Pine-Strawberry home-schooled student Melissa Vaillancourt. There are still a few left, so register now.

There are lots of prizes, including a $100 savings bonds, a camera, a bike and a lot more. Pick up a sponsorship form at one of the local markets, the library or Ponderosa Video and start collecting sponsors.

Remember, this is our medical center. The purpose of the walkathon is to raise money to ensure that our health center is stocked with the equipment that the community needs. So, stop clowning around! Join us to start the walk. Walkers as well as runners are welcome.

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