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State Fair bound: Singers, fiddler win Curry Fair Round-Up Talent Contest 2012

Aiden James Stephan, Carol Jean and Bethany Michels show their first-place trophies following talent contest. The Pilot/Bill Schlichting
GOLD BEACH – Carol Jean of Gold Beach, Aiden James Stephan of Port Orford and Bethany Michels of Gold Beach were the winners of their respective divisions at the Curry Talent Round-Up at the Curry County Fair Saturday afternoon.

Jean won first place in the adult division by singing “Let er Rip” accompanied by recorded music; Stephan played a fiddle solo to win in the youth category. The performers each won $500 and a chance to compete at the Oregon State Fair in Salem on Labor Day weekend. Michels performed “Open the Eyes of My Heart.” She was the only performer in the children’s division. She won $200.


The fair is open


The Pilot/Jef Hatch

The Curry County Fair opened Thursday with a ribbon cutting followed by people entering the grounds and visiting exhibits, watching acrobats, eating food, and enjoying rides.


Sidewalk pastor chalks one up for art outside Calvary Assembly of God

Brookings pastor Ed Yeager created chalk art outside Calvary Assembly of God and submitted to K-Love Radio Sidewalk Chalk Art contest. The Pilot/Jane Stebbins

Pastor Ed Yeager – sometimes known as the pastor of the Big White Truck, the Sidewalk Pastor or the Street Pastor – was hoping to become the Pastor of Sidewalk Chalk Art and win a free concert sponsored by K-Love Radio of Denver, Colo.

Alas, the concert route went south, with Monday’s winners named in Highlands Ranch, Colo., Tuesday’s in Albuquerque, N.M., Wednesday’s in Mustang, Okla., Thursday’s in Liberty, Mo., and yesterday’s in Papillion, Neb.

The Brookings minister, who isn’t affiliated with any church or denomination, was among more than 70 who submitted an entry by the deadline late last week.



Curry County Fair opens Thursday

Three Brookings girls enjoy at carnival ride at last year’s Curry County Fair. The Pilot file photo/Bill Schlichting

GOLD BEACH – The 100th annual Curry County Fair opens Thursday, July 26, with events planned for everyone in the family.

The fair is celebrating with the theme “A Century of Music Magic and Memories” on the Curry County Fairgrounds at the Event Center on the Beach, 29392 Ellensburg Ave., Gold Beach.

Events will take place daily, including the Kenya Safari Acrobats, 4-H activities, exhibits, a carnival, a tigress and other exotic animals and reptiles from Walk on the Wild Side, music and competitions. Other highlights include Lucky 7 Bulls and Barrels, the Tuff Trucks’ Josh Amos Memorial Event, the Hillbilly Relay, Mud Drag Races and a free beef barbecue for all fairgoers on Sunday.



‘Lady Pirates’ bring new meaning to walking on plank

Lady pirates (Jasmin Bisiaux, Satarah Farley and Hailey Rogers) threaten to throw one of the passengers (Edward Nagel) overboard. The Pilot/Bill Schlichting

Mutiny, sword fights, mayhem, takeovers, romance and a whole lot of humor combined with song and dance can be seen on the Harbor Performing Arts Center stage during the summer musical production of “Lady Pirates of Captain Bree.”

This Brookings Harbor Community Theater production, written by Martin Follose with music and lyrics by Bill Francoeur, is directed by Dori Blodgett and performed in memory of Nathan “Cap’n Nate” Dodgen.

The story begins when the crew of the sailing vessel Kayla May jumps ship upon sighting  pirates in the distance on the starboard (the right side facing the bow) side of the boat, leaving Captain Jennings (Todd Pearson)  with a  crew of  prisoners (Daniel Pearson, Kevin Sumner, Diondre Runyan, Joshua Farley, Tony Hobbs and Jeff Holmes); Fergus (Rick DeHaven), a sailor who can’t swim, and a cook (Bri Amlin) who only knows how to make meatballs, to protect his passengers from the inevitable attack. One of the male passengers (Edward Nagel) goes so far as to dress as a woman to avoid becoming shark bait.



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