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Glenn County fair starts Thursday

May 14, 2014

By Susan Meeker, Glenn County Transcript, Calif.

May 14--It will be a mix of old and new this year at the Glenn County Fair, which is being staged as a "Tribute to our Farmers."

Along with a long list of attractions, Butler Amusements returns with its carnival rides and entertainers will grace the stages at the fairgrounds in Orland.

The fair gets underway Thursday.

In addition to traditional county fair entertainment, Glenn County youth will show off a variety of their work, including photography, woodworking projects, baked goods, artwork, textiles, clothing and more, as they compete for ribbons in Flaherty Hall and the Arts and Crafts building.

The livestock barns will house sheep, goats, cattle, pigs, rabbits and other animals for people to visit.

Most will be sent to auction Saturday -- destined for someone's table -- while others will be purchased as breeding stock.

Horses also return to the fair on Friday as 4-H and FFA members compete in halter and performance classes.

In Flaherty Hall, the Glenn County Office of Education will host its 36th Educator's Hall of Fame starting at 8 a.m. Saturday.

A total of nine educators or education supporters were nominated this year for the honor that recognizes contributions to educating students at schools in Glenn County.

Nominees include Diantha Candieas, Capay Joint-Union School District; Cyndee Stanley and Darlene Odom, from Hamilton Unified; Eileen Mason from Orland Unified; Lola Thompson from Stony Creek Joint Unified; Delbert Mauzey and Donald Murray, from Willows Unified; and Wilma Olsen and Chris Jones from the Glenn County Office of Education.

Imelda Diaz of GCOE said each school district uses its own criteria in making nominations.

Her organization looks for the nominee's impact on education, influence and assistance in expanding programs, she said. They also must have 15 years or more of service or be retiring.

After the ceremony, the nominees will board a school bus and participate in the Glenn County Fair Parade that starts at 10 a.m. downtown on Fourth Street.

The Orland Chamber of Commerce sponsors the parade and named Dr. John Schmidt as the grand marshal.

And what would a fair be without its cuisine?

Cotton candy, corn dogs, pizza, Mexican food, hamburgers, giant hot dogs and funnel cakes will tempt the taste buds of any fairgoer.

There will also be a rib and chicken cook-off, with judging and tasting at 5 p.m., and a rib cook-off challenge between the Orland Volunteer Fire Department and Corning Volunteer Fire Department.

Car dealers, tractor suppliers and other equipment sellers will line the grounds with new products.

Antique tractors also are on display, and visitors can check out the Heritage Trail filled with transplanted buildings from Orland's past -- including its old train depot.

The Orland Newville & Pacific Railroad runs from 11 a.m. until dark each day of the fair.


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