• Siskiyou Golden Fair


    Robert Butler, local columnist, tractor enthusiast and a great friend of the Siskiyou Golden Fair has been selected as the 2014 Lifetime Pass Award. Robert was selected by the 10th D.A.A. Board of Directors to receive the 2014 Lifetime Pass Award at the June Board of Directors meeting. Robert has brought his restored antique tractors to the Siskiyou Golden Fair for more than 25 years.

    “Bob and Jackie have several John Deere tractors and a really special Farmall that is a favorite of the young and young at heart,” said fair CEO Cliff Munson. “We have so many supporters, but with over 25 years exhibiting his tractors, Robert Butler truly has ‘The Spirit of Siskiyou!’ Robert has spent thousands of hours restoring tractors and we really appreciate him letting us all enjoy them at the fair each year.” (more…)

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    The 2014 Siskiyou Golden Fair is excited to announce the all new Thursday Night CINCH Jeans & Shirts Bull Riding and we are now seeking bull riders that would like to be part of the show!

    Any bull rider that is interested in participating needs to get in contact with Jeff Davis of Four Star Rodeo Company at (530) 604-3655 either by phone or text to be eligible for the “invitation” to this new and exciting event.

    CINCH Jeans & Shirts partnered with the fair to make this a “Friends of the Fair” fundraiser this year and only the box seats have been sold for the event. All the rest of the seats are free with paid admission to the fair.

    “Come to the fair and see a world class bull riding event,” said fair CEO, Cliff Munson. “A donation to the Friends of the Fair would be appreciated but it is not mandatory.” (more…)

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    Paul Maurer Shows, our family friendly carnival provider is once again offering a great early bird pre-sale carnival coupon for the 2014 fair in partnership with Baymont Inn & Holiday Inn Express of Yreka. Pre-sale $20 wristband coupons are available at the following following Siskiyou County locations: Chevron and Miner Street Station in Yreka, Chevron in Fort Jones, Lake Street Station and Sports & Spirits in Mount Shasta, Mountain View Chevron, Handi Stop and Weed Chevron in Weed.

    Tickets are $20.00 pre-sale and that will save 30% off the fair time ticket price of $28.00. Carnival Riders must meet the 36” height minimum and be three years old. Carnival wrist bands are good for one day of use only. Carnival wristbands will be available at the above locations until close of business on Tuesday August 6.

    “I want to personally thank Paul Maurer Shows, Baymont Inn and Holiday Inn Express for helping our community by offering $20.00 pre-sale carnival coupons,” said fair CEO Cliff Munson. “With the 28 or more rides and a chance to go all day this is a great value for the community.” (more…)

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    Each year the Siskiyou Golden Fair honors an individual or organization that has gone above and beyond supporting our fairgrounds. For 2014, Home Arts Department Supervisor Margret Atwood was selected by the 10th D.A.A. Board of Directors to receive the Western Fairs Association “Blue Ribbon Award” for her 33 years of commitment and dedication supporting “The Sprit of Siskiyou.”

    Starting with the Miss Siskiyou Contest in 1981, moving to the Home Arts Building in 1989 and culminating with eight years as the Home Arts Supervisor, Margret has dedicated thousands of hours to the cause. Margret and the Gamma Pi Sorority take pride in turning the Armory building into one of the premier home arts displays in the state each year. From the extensive quilt display to clothing and textiles, the home arts building is one of the jewels of the Siskiyou Golden Fair.

    “Margret announced that 2014 will be her last year as Home Arts Building Supervisor in early May,” said fair CEO Cliff Munson. “Please go by the home arts building this year and thank her for all her support over the years.”

    Traditionally, Margret and her husband Ken have taken the last Sunday shift of the fair in the Home Arts Building and this year it will be a celebration of 33 years of service and more fair food meals than Ken can count. (more…)

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    On Wednesday night at the Siskiyou Golden Fair, four bands will compete on the Siskiyou Central Credit Union Mall Stage for more than $2000.00 in prize money.

    “Every year we have an overwhelming response from bands wanting to play at the fair” said fair CEO Cliff Munson. “This competition is designed to bring a variety of music to the fair venue.”

    The 2014 Battle Bands are Jive Coulis, a jam/rock band from Ashland, OR.; Mike and the Meteorites, playing rhythm & blues from Etna, CA; Chapter II, an alternative rock band from Ashland; and Riviera Drive, a rock band from Redding, CA.

    Bands will be on stage for half an hour each and the crowd will select the winners using a sound meter.

    “The louder the crowd the higher that band will place in the competition,” said Munson. “Bands are encouraged to bring their fan base to the fair on Wednesday, Siskiyou Telephone ‘Two Dollar Day.’” (more…)

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    The all new Wonderland Distributing Truck and Tractor Pull at the Siskiyou Golden Fair is open to local drivers who love a good challenge! Entry forms are available online at www.sisqfair.com or in the fair office. Classes for everyone with a truck or tractor! If you have never tried it before, here is your chance with the all novice classes or if you have that modified super charged towing machine, we have classes for that too.

    Ground shakin’, smoke spewing, mud flingin’ fun is coming to the Scott Valley Bank Grandstand on Friday, August 8 at the Siskiyou Golden Fair. With tractors like Alimony and Special Delivery coming to the show you don’t want to miss this exciting evening. Join WGAS motorsports, L&L Productions and all your friends for the Wonderland Distributing Truck and Tractor Pulls. Included in the evening events will be a freestyle motocross show that is sure to make a memory. Tickets for the event are on sale, online now! (more…)

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    You still have time to “Catch the Spirit of Siskiyou”! The Siskiyou Golden Fair is just around the corner and entries are due soon. With thousands of different classes, the 2014 exhibitor handbook has something for everyone.

    “The fair belongs to the community and we attempt to add new and fun divisions and classes every year and keep the active traditional classes that our parents and grandparents all entered” said fair CEO Cliff Munson. “With the deadlines just around the corner, I encourage everyone to get involved in the fair this year and enter something that shows our culture, history or heritage!”

    Fair deadlines vary and are fast approaching. Feature Booths have only ONE deadline and it is Monday, July 7, for both paper and online entries. The big paper entry deadline is July 11, except for the Ag-Hort, Floriculture and the Scarecrow contest where the paper entry deadline is July 18. For all exhibitors in all divisions the online entry deadline is Wednesday, July 23 at 5:00 pm. The paper entries must be hand delivered to the office or postmarked by 5:00 pm on the due date to be eligible.

    The Siskiyou Golden Fair is always a great showcase for our local talents and products. With your help the “Spirit of Siskiyou” will shine again in 2014. (more…)

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    The Pepsi Battle of the Bands, the Buffalo Broadcasting Talent Show and all community acts have a 5:00 pm July 7 deadline for the 2014 Siskiyou Golden Fair. On Wednesday, August 6, 2014, four bands will compete for the opportunity to win $2250 in prize monies and 20 hours of studio recording time from Yreka’s newest recording studio Chromaphonic Recordings! The winning band will have an opportunity to make a memory that will last a lifetime.

    In addition to the Buffalo Broadcasting talent show that has become a fixture on opening night, 2014 once again brings the “Battle of the Bands” to the Siskiyou Golden Fair. Local bands, from Redding to Medford are encouraged to enter again this year. Go online, complete the application, send it in with a demo CD and your band could be one of the four selected to compete for the $1000.00 first prize and a mall stage showcase. The second place band will receive $750.00 and will also play on the mall stage during the week. Third place will garner $500.00.

    “Every year we have an overwhelming response from bands wanting to play at the fair,” stated fair CEO Cliff Munson. “This competition is designed to bring a variety of music to the fair venue.” (more…)

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    The Siskiyou Golden Fair Junior Fair board will once again host their annual “Drive Thru” BBQ pork loin dinner on June 20, 2014 at the Siskiyou Golden Fairgrounds. For just $10 per plate, you can enjoy a complete BBQ pork tenderloin dinner with chili beans, salad and French bread–all without leaving your car! The Drive Thru Dinner is being held in conjunction with the Scott Valley Bank Concert in the Park to be held in Yreka. The Junior Fair Board is a co-sponsor of the July 12 concert, which will feature Rusty Miller and Friends.

    “A great way to spend your Friday night,” said Fair CEO Cliff Munson. “After a long week, you can drive through, pick up your dinner and head over to Miner Street Park for Rusty Miller and Friends.”

    The Drive Thru Dinner is a fundraiser for the Junior Fair Board. Twenty-percent of the proceeds will go directly into their scholarship fund, and the rest will go towards other Junior Fair Board events and leadership activities. (more…)

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    In her senior year at Butte Valley High School Kady Porterfield helped the Bulldogs win the NSCIF D-VI basketball championship. She led the section in points per game (22.4) and was seventh in rebounds per game (12.0). She was also one of the best volleyball players in the Evergreen League. However, Porterfield wasn’t just an athlete. She was also Valedictorian of her class, and sported a 4.0 G.P.A.

    Porterfield drew interest from multiple NCAA Division-II universities, but none of them offered an agricultural program that satisfied her. Instead, putting academics ahead of sports, she chose tiny D-III State University of New York at Cobleskill, which offered her partial academic and athletic scholarships. While the school is small, the university’s Ag program is huge.

    “The Ag program at Cobleskill is about 50-percent of the university, while at some of the larger universities it might only be two-percent of the school. So, our Ag program was actually as big as at the larger universities,” said Porterfield.

    While there, Porterfield didn’t waste any time, completing her Agricultural Business Management degree in just three years with a 3.93 G.P.A. She also starred in both volleyball and basketball. In her final year, she was selected to the North Eastern Athletic Conference all-conference volleyball team, and was the Fighting Tigers team MVP. She led the squad with 2.22 kills per set. In basketball, Porterfield was second on the team in scoring (12.3) and rebounds (9.7), receiving the Fighting Tigers Coach’s Award.

    Porterfield received several other honors, including the Student-Leadership Award after serving as the president of the college’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. She was also selected as the Female Scholar Athlete of the Year, and received the coveted SUNY Chancellor’s Student Athlete award, which went to just five out of the University’s 300 student-athletes.

    Porterfield’s accomplishments in basketball were noticed by Josh Erickson, the director of the Beyond Program and coach of the Costa Rican Women’s National Basketball Team. According to its website, “Beyond is an international education and service-learning organization that uses sports as a vehicle to explore the world and create meaningful cross-cultural relationships.” (more…)

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    Ticket Monday falls on June 2 this year and at 8:00 am everyone can go online to www.sisqfair.com and purchase 2014 Scott Valley Bank grandstand tickets and, new this year, individual admission tickets to the annual fair.

    “Purchase your admission tickets while you are picking your grandstand seats,” stated CEO Cliff Munson. “Save time and avoid the lines.”

    The Scott Valley Bank Grandstand page will have a link right on the home page that will allow everyone to purchase tickets from “Admit One” our online ticket agency. Online admission tickets must be used at the front gate.

    The Scott Valley Bank Grandstand will go back to Four Nights of excitement for 2014, thanks to CINCH Jeans and Shirts, event sponsors for a new community appreciation Bull Riding on Thursday Night, Box Seats will be available for purchase online, but the rest of the grandstands will be FREE for everyone to enjoy world class CINCH Bull Riding! Friday Night, Tractor Pulls come to Yreka sponsored by Wonderland Distributing, Saturday it is America’s sport, the Scott Valley Bank Rodeo and Sunday the smashing Destruction Derby. Box Seats, Reserved Grandstand and General Admission grandstand tickets will all be available. (more…)

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    The Siskiyou Golden Fair is excited to bring back the popular “Read to Win” program for Siskiyou County K-8th grade Students. Participants that complete the program will receive free admission for one day of the fair as well as six tickets for Paul Maurer Shows carnival rides.

    Siskiyou County students must read for 20 to 30 minutes for 20 days and have it documented by a parent or guardian. K-3 will need to draw a picture depicting one of the stories read and 4-8 graders will need a one page book report on one of the stories, typed and double spaced to receive the prize tickets. The program will begin June 9 and end on the opening day of the fair. The official form and accompanying documents must be turned in during the 2014 fair to receive the tickets. The official verification form is available at the fair office or on the fair web page www.sisqfair.com. The program only allows for one set of prize tickets per student. (more…)

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    Submitted by Siskiyou Golden Fair CEO Cliff Munson

    Our hearts go out to the people of San Diego County and the team at the county fairground – only 20 days until the opening of the annual fair and hundreds of animals are arriving at the fairground seeking shelter from the outbreak of unseasonable fires in the south.

    This year is especially noteworthy in that California is a virtual tinderbox due to the worst drought on record and relief is nowhere in sight. In times of wildfires, earthquakes and other natural disasters, our fairground and 75 others serve as sanctuaries for residents, pets and livestock. It is not uncommon for the Siskiyou Golden Fairgrounds to serve as a Red Cross Shelter in winter for I-5 travelers stopped by weather closures and again in summer for communities, like Seiad in 2013, when summer fires threatened that community. Fairgrounds are also home to command centers for emergency personnel, firefighters, Red Cross volunteers, Police, paramedics and other public safety officials.

    The Siskiyou Golden Fair struggles to maintain the integrity of our aging facility, with most infrastructure build in the 1950s. All fairs, including ours, gave up 100 percent of their state support in 2011 at the height of the economic crisis. Now, many fairs are watching that infrastructure become unstable and in some cases hazardous. (more…)

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    The 2014 Siskiyou Golden Fair Exhibitor Handbook is now available at location across Siskiyou County and electronically at www.sisqfair.com.

    Exhibitor Handbooks are available throughout the county in the following locations: Scott Valley Bank in Etna; Scott Valley Feed in Greenview; Scott Valley Bank in Fort Jones; Siskiyou Pellet Mill in Grenada; Chevron in Hornbrook; Scott Valley Bank in Happy Camp; Cortright’s in Montague; the Chamber of Commerce and Scott Valley Bank in Mt. Shasta; Scott Valley Bank in Weed; the Chamber of Commerce, Tri-Counties Bank, Scott Valley Bank and of course, the Siskiyou Golden Fairgrounds in Yreka.

    Because of the ongoing budget crisis, we need your help to continue providing the great competitions, attractions and educational opportunities that have been a part of the Fair here in Siskiyou County for 155 years. We are encouraging everyone to use the FREE online entry process to save you time and us money. Paper entries are still being accepted but exhibitors will be assessed a $5.00 per exhibitor processing fee. With the addition of online entries, the Siskiyou Golden Fair will have a computer available in the office for online entering during business hours. (more…)

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    The Siskiyou Golden Fairgrounds hosted the 2014 Tony Nicoletti Memorial Jackpot and junior exhibitors from across the west came to Yreka to compete at the annual Mother’s Day weekend event.

    The Scott Valley Bank fitting contest started off the weekend with locals Mikayla Duchi, Gazelle and Chase Mercier, Montague winning first place in the highly competitive event. Second went to Andrew & Emily Nunez of Healdsburg CA. Judge Bill Nicoletti was once again impressed with the quality and teamwork exhibited by the top teams. An added bonus for 2014 was the Belcampo Farm & Butchery sponsored hamburger and hotdog dinner with all the proceeds going to support the jackpot show.

    “Our jackpot show is one of the premier shows on the west coast,” stated CEO Cliff Munson. “and it is our sponsors that keep it that way.”

    Saturday morning, it was a pleasure to welcome back Matt Leo from Snelling, California as the official judge for 2014. The steer show was very competitive and Hailey Traynham of Maxwell, CA walked away with Champion honors and $1250 dollars of added prize money. Reserve was won by annual contender Blake Bartels from Prineville, Oregon and Blake was awarded the $750.00 added purse. The two supreme champions both came out of the black/black cross steer division. The English division winner was Rose McPhee from Lodi, and Reserve was Emma Gnech of Macdoel. The all other colors division was captured by Clara Delong of Corning and Peyton Daniels of Eagle Point, Oregon was Reserve. (more…)

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    The Siskiyou County Motorsports Association destruction derby applications are now available for the 2014 Siskiyou Golden Fair. The derby is always a smashing finale for the fair each year and the 2014 McDonald’s Destruction Derby will thrill the packed Scott Valley Bank grandstand.

    Entry forms are available at Yreka and Weed McDonalds, Napa Auto in Fort Jones, Napa Auto in Mt. Shasta and the Siskyou Golden Fairgrounds in Yreka. Entry forms will also be available online at www.sisqfair.com.

    The entry form includes the rules and regulations for the Siskiyou Golden Fair derby. If you are 16 or older and want to have the experience of a lifetime, build a derby car and come enter up for the chance to win the $1,250 main event payout. (more…)

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