Trafton Fair brings new attractions, raises $7,600
By KIRK BOXLEITNER
Arlington Times Reporter
September 30, 2008 · Updated 2:09 PM
ARLINGTON — The 54th annual Trafton Elementary School Fair boasted new attractions to raise funds for the school and its programs.
Trafton Parent Teacher Club President Kelly Roundy reported that the fair generated more than $7,600 on Sept. 26, in spite of not having its usual visit from a pen-pal class this year.
“We were a bit worried by that,” Roundy said. “I was hoping we’d get $5,000, but I was blown away by the general public’s generosity. Next year, we’ll be inviting Darrington classes. We’ve wanted to reach out to them for a while.”
Among this year’s new attendees was Snohomish County Parks Ranger Erika Miranda, who was armed with Play-Doh to help kids make their own leaf impressions at the fair.
“It teaches them about the trees that are native to Washington,” Miranda said. “It creates a personal connection to ecology and the underlying theme of why we take care of the Earth. Even though kids don’t get to keep the Play-Doh, they’re still excited by it.”
Miranda praised the fair for connecting children to the community and “giving them great opportunities to see what’s out there,” an opinion shared by fellow first-time fair-goer Pat Fogarty-Cramer.
Fogarty-Cramer was staffing the League of Women Voters’ first booth at the fair and she acknowledged that “while all elections are important, this year has more emphasis on it.”
Fogarty-Cramer urged voters to focus on all the candidates, beyond just the presidential candidates, as well as on the three ballot measures affecting state residents.
“Take your time, inform yourself and make a thoughtful selection,” said Fogarty-Cramer, who described the fair as “America at its best.”
“A Well-Known Stranger” made its second annual appearance at the fair, opening once more for the Old-Time Fiddlers.
The trio of teen musicians, consisting of Snohomish resident Michael Moore and Marysville siblings Toby and Kristina Simcox, have been playing instruments for most of their lives.
Moore appreciates the emotion he can evoke, while Kristina likes honing her skills and getting better at playing.
“It’s a joy to bring people to dance,” Toby said. “It gets people together.”
Sno-Isle Libraries Children’s Liaison Merle Green was a first-time fair-goer, but the Sno-Isle Libraries were making their return visit to the fair through her.
Green cited the libraries as an excellent resource for school and home-school children, and was willing to engage young readers in conversations about their interests, such as when Arlington Heights resident Wyatt Meier asked her what books he could consult about raising chickens.
“We’re all here for the children,” Green said. “Families are spread so thin these days. The numbers at this fair really surprise me. I didn’t think they’d have so many people here.”
“It’s really good for these kids to see and do all this stuff,” said Arlington High School Future Farmers of America member Katie Eldred, who helped her fellow AHS FFA members tend the petting zoo. “It gets better every year. It’s great that so many people donate their animals. Kids like being able to hold them. It’ not every day you can hold a duck.”
Eldred thanked everyone for their help in putting together the petting zoo, including several children too young to belong to FFA yet, but added that more support is always appreciated.Contact Arlington Times Reporter Kirk Boxleitner at email@example.com or 360-659-1300 Ext. 5052.