August has always been a month of anticipation for me. It is the final month of summer and I always want it to last forever. The Kenai Peninsula State Fair will be held Friday through Sunday and seems to be the climax of the month, but this year the fair is bittersweet for me. This is the last article I will write until next summer because two days after the fair I will leave for South Carolina, where I will attend Bob Jones University. The fair brings other chapters of my life to a close, as well. My steer, Tuition, will be the last animal I sell at the 4-H Junior Market Livestock Auction on Saturday during the fair and this will be the last fair I attend as a 4-Her. The conclusion of the fair means the turning of a page and the beginning of a new chapter in my life. I will miss Ninilchik, my neighbors, and especially my family this winter, but I will be back. Although I don't want August to end, I am looking forward to this next step in my journey, a feeling others may be experiencing as well.
The exhibit hall on the fairgrounds has had a makeover and is awaiting exhibits. Exhibit check-in day is Thursday from noon to 7 p.m. at the fairgrounds in Ninilchik. Nonperishable items also will be accepted from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today at the Cooperative Extension office in Soldotna. Animals entered in open class must be preregistered by Tuesday at 1 p.m. To register your animal or for more information, call the fair office at 567-3670.
If you can't exhibit something in the fair you may still want to attend and see what your neighbors have entered. Besides exhibits there are lots of other things going on. A new exhibit has been added called Kid Country, where you can watch goats play. The fair also has competitions that fair-goers can participate in, including a race, livestock auctions and rodeo events. Saturday there will be a parade at 10 a.m. It is not too late to be a part of the parade. Meet at the Inlet View parking lot at 9 a.m. Getting involved is a way to make the community a great place to live.
Wednesday is a special day for Nick and Marian (Broady) Leman, as they will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary. There will be a party in their honor at the Ninilchik Senior Citizens Center on Saturday from 1 to 3 p.m. Nick and Marian were married in Ninilchik on Aug. 15, 1947, and were blessed with four children. Their first child, Esther Ruth, was born with a heart condition and died when she was a day and a half old. Their oldest son, Wayne, is a linguist with Wycliffe Bible Translators and lives in Spokane, Wash. Their middle son, Loren, is a former legislator and lieutenant governor of Alaska. He is an engineer living in Anchorage. In the summer, Loren's family fishes together at their setnet site just north of Ninilchik. The Lemans' youngest son, Mark, lives in Cohoe, and fishes in Bristol Bay and the Cohoe area and also works on transport ships.
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