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The Eighth Annual Klondyke Harvest Fair
by John Harmon
August 18, 2002

It's been an on-again, off-again kind of summer and then there was rain. It would have been nice to get all this rain spread out over the summer but better late than never! We are loosing daylight at an alarming rate and the produce in the garden is at its peak. What better time for the eighth annual Klondyke Harvest Fair.

This year the fair is going to be held on August 24th and 25th at Rotary Peace Park. The motto for the fair this year is "Family, Fun, Friends & Farming". This year's coordinator, Barbara Drury, told me about one of the new attractions, Petunia the Urban Milk Cow. Barbara explained. "She will be in the YAA tent, and will be able to be "milked" by kids so that they can have the experience of milking without the hassle of being kicked or having a mucky tail swished in their face! Petunia is made out of plywood and has a galvanized "udder" with rubber nipples." Somehow the thought of milking an artificial cow doesn't appeal to me but maybe the kids will go for it.

The annual "Kiss the Pig" contest has an interesting slate of candidates. They are Dennis Schneider, Liberal MLA, Dennis Fentie, Yukon Party Leader, Eric Fairclough, NDP Leader, Larry Bagnell, Liberal MP, and Duke Connelly, from the Whitehorse City Council. That's a tough slate to pick just one from. Maybe they could call it a tie and all the candidates could have the opportunity to try their best pucker on the pig. Poor pig!

Barbara said "We are really concentrating on fun stuff for kids at the fair, we will have a table set up in the YAA tent for kids to color and draw their favorite farm animals or farm scene and will be giving away helium balloons there as well. Girl Guides will be doing free face painting at the fair as well as selling cookies." There is the popular Pet Costume contest with the judging at two Sunday afternoon.

The Scarecrow contest is back again and they should be brought to the TC Richards building for registration between August 20-23. Some of the other events will also be fun like the Canines and Company Breeds & Obedience Demonstration Saturday morning before the Opening Ceremonies.

There will be kids games all afternoon from one to four organized by the Kapital Kickers such as the Egg & Spoon Race, Three Legged Race, Tug-of-War, and others. They will do it again on Sunday from noon until two.

There will be entertainment all day with entertainers like the Steve Slade & Ivan Zenovitch duo, Fiddlin’ Fools, Mikel Miller, Barb Chamberlin, Awalin Dance Co. & Prema, Carol Mullin Dancers & Highland Pipe Band, Sky and the Killer Sheep (country band), Klondike Fuel Band and even BOB, an acoustic teen band along with many more. Something for just about everyone.

One of the events on Sunday at half past one is a demonstration by Blair Blois of fire poi. This performing art originates from the Maori tribes of New Zealand and dates back over 1000 years. Poi is the Maori word for "ball". It began as a type of exercise used by the Maori warriors to train for dexterity and strength. These warriors were brave indeed. It takes a special kind of brave to spin a flaming ball around while wearing nothing but a grass skirt! I do hope Blair is going to wear the traditional outfit?

Along with all the fun you will be able to take a stroll through the big test that holds the Bench Show. There you will see some of the very best in flowers and produce grown by farmers and gardeners all around the Yukon. There is a category to interest just about everyone. You will see all kinds of crafts displayed along with things like homemade wine and preserves. The best part is that at three on Sunday afternoon there will be an auction of all the bench show goodies so besides looking you can actually taste if you have the winning bid.

The fair promises to be a fun weekend for young and old alike. Lets just hope it doesn't rain.


John Harmon owns and operates Tropicals North. Write to John c/o The Yukon News, 211 Wood St., Whitehorse, Yukon, Y1A 2E4 or e-mail tropnorth@polarcom.com


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