Chili challenge and fair in Woodfords this weekend |

Chili challenge and fair in Woodfords this weekend

Staff reports

Entertainment and fun as well as great chili are slated for this weekend’s Woodfords’ Community Faire and Country Chili Challenge in Alpine County.

The third annual faire and challenge kicks off Saturday at 10 a.m. and Sunday at 7 a.m., when a pancake and sausage breakfast is held.

Regular events will commence at 10 a.m. both days.

The fair features arts and crafts, antiques, Valley Cruisers Car Show, a sailplane form Minden Soaring, arts display from Bear Valley, Alpine Women’s Artists art show and demonstrations.

Continuous entertainment will be held, featuring the Erika Gocka Trio, contemporary jazz, Nancy Raven, children’s folk singer, Carson Valley Twirlers Square Dancers, Mississippi Mitch, traditional country, Bravetoes Highland Dancers and Johnson Lane Misfits, barbershop quartet music.

The dunk tank is always popular with children, and among those to be dunked are District 1 Supervisor Don Jardine, Diamond Valley School Principal Sandy Cowen, Kathy Kerr of social services and Paul Riggs of probation, county treasurer candidates Jeanne Lear and Carol McElroy, Leonard Turnbeaugh, public works, Sheriff Skip Veatch, District attorney Alan Turner, District 5 Supervisor Chris Gansberg and Judy Molnar, board assistant.

Food booths include Indian tacos, hot dogs, ice cream as well as chili – Fair-goers will be able to purchase chili tasting kits at 1 p.m. Saturday, tasters will vote on their favorite professional cook and favorite home cook. Winners will be announced at 4 p.m.

On Sunday, the two winning cooks from Saturday will face off to see who takes home the revolving trophy. Tasters again will choose, beginning at 1 p.m.

Kids’ games include “Super Jump,” the children’s inflatable party bouncer and a wishing well. Smokey Bear and Woodsy Owl will be on hand.

Professional master of ceremonies David Schwoegler will announce.

The Erika Gocka jazz trio has released several recordings and has become to be noticed in Nevada more and more. Erika Gocka worked in the San Francisco Bay Area for a while after graduating from college, then moved to Reno where she teaches piano and gives voice lessons.

The trio also consists of bassist Paul Binning and drummer Pete Sporner.

Nancy Raven is a well-known children’s folk singer and recording artist. She offers multicultural programs for schools, libraries and fund-raisers. She also does workshops for educators , librarians and child care providers on using music with young children.

She lives in Monterey and has performed at numerous locations throughout the West. She plays a wide variety of folk instruments and sings songs from all cultures, and children in the audience are invited to participate.

The fair and chili challenge are held at Woodfords Station, located at the flashing yellow light at the junction of highways 88 and 89. Proceeds benefit Alpine Kids. The event is co-sponsored by the Alpine County Arts Commission and is made possible in part by the California Arts Council, a state-local partnership program.

For information, call Woodfords station, (530) 694-2930 or Alpine Kids at 694-2934.

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