Fair Delights All-Comers

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People came from the Valley, Winslow and as far away as San Diego, Calif. to delight in the offerings at the 2007 Northern Gila County Fair.

"Pat (Session) is a gal I went to high school with, so I've only known her 50 years and I didn't even know she knew how to paint," Dave Althoff said.

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Adaline Harper, 4, waits her turn to take part in one of the Northern Gila County Fair horse events Saturday morning at the Payson Event Center. She was riding her horse, Squeaky. She and her sister Scout were among the many Rim Country residents taking part in the fair.

Althoff and his wife Vicky came from San Diego to visit their friend Pat Session and see how her art, placed in the fair.

The judges awarded Session Best of Show in the amateur category for her painting of a horse.

"I liked her eagle better than her horse," Vicky Althoff said.

Session won first and second places in the amateur portrait categories for a ballerina and a young man, respectively.

Barbara Brunsman, came up from the Valley to mosey through the fair with her three grandchildren, Isaac, Seth and Emma Branson.

The fair is a family affair for the Branson siblings and they won numerous prizes for their diorama, art and fruit.

"I made a diorama of fish with a shark and dolphins and sea turtles," 8-year-old Seth said. He also won ribbons for apples grown from a tree in his yard and a globe he made out of papier-maché.

Isaac made a Lego flag, a birdhouse and entered pears grown at his home. This is the second year he has entered things in the fair.

What made you want to enter again?

"It's fun to win!" 10-year-old Isaac said.

Four-year-old Emma entered a flower she made. Emma's grandmother said she is excited about her ribbon.

Andy Hernandez of Winslow was driving through Payson when he picked up a Payson Roundup and saw a story about the Dutch Oven cooking class. He and friend Eddie Gonzales immediately signed up.

"I have seen Dutch Oven cooking on TV but to get hands on classes -- whoever brought the class to Payson was really meeting people's needs," Hernandez said.

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