MOSES LAKE — Chris Fitch carefully monitored his garden all summer, looking for the perfect zucchini to enter in the Grant County Fair.
He searched amongst the vines for the perfect zucchini. “I literally chose that one because it was the most symmetrical.” Fitch took care of it all summer; it got bigger, and bigger.
Then tragedy struck. He was rotating it – because you can’t have any yellow spots on a prize-winning zucchini – and it fell off the vine.
All was not lost, however. Fitch kept it in his refrigerator for a week or so, until the horticulture barn took entries Monday morning. (It did lose about half a pound, he said.) Monday was the day for fair entries, getting the booth ready and hanging the exhibits.
The volunteers from American Legion Post No. 209 started working a couple of weeks before opening day. “Hours of manpower,” said Becky Hill, the post manager. The Legion will be selling corn on the cob and “pronto pups. Which are not corn dogs, they’re pronto pups.” (A pronto pup is made without cornmeal, she said.)
To stock the booth “we’ve made one trip to Wenatchee, one trip to the Tri-Cities,” Hill said, and volunteers have spent time getting it ready. “There’s a lot of work to put it together.” But even with all the work it’s a good week. “It actually is a lot of fun. A lot of work, but it’s a lot of fun.”
“It is fun to come and meet the people, see old friends,” said Diane Moore, crafts building superintendent. The building was busy Monday morning, with a group of volunteers taking entries in the baked goods department, while other volunteers did the judging. Still other volunteers from the Basin Piecemakers were hanging Best in Show entries in the quilt department.
Moore said the barn might have slightly fewer entries than 2018. “Not a lot less, which is good.”
Entries at the horticulture barn were running about the same as 2018, said volunteer Pam Lewison. Hay entries were down, but Lewison (whose family farms hay) said that might be a reflection of poor growing conditions in the spring.
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