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Hockemas serve as Curry County Fair grand marshals

Earl and Bette Hockema are the grand marshals of the 2014 Curry County Fair, which opens Thursday, July 24.

“I think they picked us because we are finally, officially, old!” said Bette Hockema 82, about being chosen with her husband, Earl, 85, as this years Curry County Fair grand marshals. 

“I mean, that is the requirement isn’t it? Being ... old?” she chides. 

“Actually,” she said, “it is a really nice honor.” The couple will preside over the Curry County Fair to be held July 24-27, titled “Razzle-Dazzle — Sew it, Grow it, Show It” at the Event Center in downtown Gold Beach.


Gardens of Gold Beach

Chuck and Linda Stokes under a trellis with a sign that is their garden mantra.

Cloudy conditions on the coast last Saturday didn’t dampen plant enthusiasts who partook in the 2014 annual Garden Tour hosted by the Gold Beach Innominata Garden Club.

According to Garden Club spokesperson Barb Raynes, approximately 70 people made the rounds to six locations that encompassed an area from 2 1/2 miles south of Gold Beach, in town and 7 miles up Jerry’s Flat Road.


Exhibits need to be brought in Tuesday

Photography Superintendent Bryon Russ, left, stands with Richard Watson of Gold Beach, last year’s Best of Show and Sweepstakes winner for his photo of an eagle flying along at the edge of the breakers.

GOLD BEACH — The Curry County Fair is quickly approaching and the time to bring exhibits to the Event Center on the Beach is from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, July 22.

This gives organizers a day to set up and judge the exhibits for opening day, Thursday, July 24. The fair will continue through Sunday, July 27, at the fairgrounds on Highway 101 in Gold Beach.


Relay For Life: ACS events raise $31,800

A Family Fun Carnival took place on the Brookings-Harbor High School football field while raising money for the battle against cancer during the annual Relay For Life.

The American Cancer Society event, which was Saturday evening and Sunday morning, brought the total raised to $31,800.

Ten teams participated in the relay, which involved team members carrying a baton and walking the track all night. 


Cape Blanco country

SIXES — Country music lovers are in for a special treat early next month on the Oregon Coast — three days of performances from artists such as Brad Paisley, Eric Church and Dierks Bentley.

The Cape Blanco Country Music Festival will be held on private land 3 miles east of Cape Blanco Lighthouse in Sixes, about five miles north of Port Orford. The festival runs Aug. 1 through 3.


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