Familiar face at the fair

Published August 11, 2017 / by Steve Berentson

Even though the county fair takes place on “the other side,” (of the Swinomish Slough), there are always familiar faces for those of us from Anacortes who venture that way for the sights, sounds and tastes unique to community fairs. Pictured here is Anacortes resident Denise Gaggens, a member of the Samish Indian Nation. She and several others hosted an exhibit that included the opportunity to see traditional weaving. Situated behind Denise was a large canoe. The Skagit County Fair runs until 11 p.m. tonight and tomorrow night (Saturday, August 12). 

About Steve Berentson
A fourth generation Skagit County native who was moved kicking and screaming from this island community in 1960. I finally reclaimed an Anacortes address in 1980, and I have been in constant celebration of my return since that time. Many of us who call Anacortes home love Fidalgo Island for its natural assets: among them are rugged beaches, pristine lakes, thousands of acres of forestland and some awesome views of the Skagit Valley and surrounding islands. Another element of my love affair with this community is its people, both natives and immigrants. They will “star” in many of my journal entries.

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