Second day in 61 years with a few sprinkles of rain Saturday, July 25 Silvana Fair, not just cows

 - SARAH ARNEY The Arlington Times
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SILVANA ?Some kids explore their future careers at the Silvana Fair, a classic country fair in its 61st year.

Cadin Yeckley, almost 12, of Trafton, decided recently that he wanted to be a dairy farmer. He went to the Soler dairy farm in Oso and told them of his interest. Then Fred and Bev Soler's daughter, Liz Soler, a 2008 graduate from Arlington High School and former Dairy Ambassador, loaned him a Holstein heifer named Becky and started teaching him how to handle the calf. Eckley won a ribbon at the Silvana Fair Saturday, July 26.

"I don't know where I got the idea, but I know I want to be a dairy farmer and I want to stay in Arlington," said Yeckley. His mother, Ann Yeckley said he is very serious about it. "He started with an interest in tractors, which led to farm tractors and then farming," said his mom, who is active in the Trafton School parent club.

"Every time he sees a farm for sale he notices it and mentions wanting to buy it."

Cadin won first place in fitting and showing of calves in the novice category.

"He did a fabulous job," said Bev Soler.

Another young lady is also quite sure her future will involve cattle. Rebecca Casey, 10, of Monroe, bought her first cow this spring with scholarship money. She is a founder of the Universal Holstein Club and she named her cow Starlight. She is a member of the Bicycle Tree 4-H Club and plans to breed red Holsteins when she grows up.

"It's a lot of fun showing cows," Casey said. "When you are in front of the judge waiting, that's when you get the tingles. Once you get your score, if you're positive like me, then you can be thankful you aren't last."

Casey won overall grand champion poster in her category.

Her mother, Jen Casey said she is not the dairy ambassador sort of girl.

"She is not into tiaras."

Bev Soler said that her own daughter said the same thing.

At the one-day Silvana Fair, that got a few sprinkles of rain for the second time in the past ten years, children of all ages demonstrate their skills and knowledge in a broad range of interests. Not only showing cows and goats, but also raising chickens, rabbits and dogs, as well as indoor activities like art, photography, crafts, sewing, cooking and gardening. Inside Viking Hall, exhibits include such prize-winning entries as a three-foot tall model of a ferris wheel by Noah Sorenson, and personal journals, scrapbooks, and research projects on many topics, such as the history of 4-H and the purpose of testicles, among many other things.

Baked goods, jams and baled hay were among the displays inside.

Community members, too, participate for a variety of reasons. While parents and 4-H leaders assist in the cattle showing and judging, others raise funds for may causes. The Girls Next Door Keri Richard, Heidi Hudson, and Amy Johnson of Silvana were selling cookies to raise money to cover the fees to walk in the upcoming Three-Day Walk for breast cancer and the Stillaguamish Genealogical Society had their collection of books for sell. Others were promoting the upcoming Harvest Festival Farm Tour in Stanwood, and Fire District No. 19 attracted a lot of attention at its Vote Yes booth for the upcoming election. Its auxiliary, the Cinder-ellas, sold ice cream sandwiches, to go with the hamburgers, corn and frenchfries at the food booth across the way.

The fair, that is famous for never being rained on in its 61 year history, did get a few sprinkles, but the rain mostly stayed away from downtown Silvana.

"The opportunity to show their animals and the training and preparation is very good for these kids," said Bev Soler. "It really builds their confidence."

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