“Mark your calendars! Aug. 20, 21 and 22, the Fair is a-comin’ to Town!” is something you’ll likely start hearing a lot around the Peninsula, as organizers of the community’s biggest event are kicking into high gear.

The Key Peninsula 2004 Fair will be ahummin’ and a-buzzin’ with more activity than ever, they say. There will be more carnival rides, more entertainers, more vendor booths plus two brand new feature attractions: an antique tractor show and chainsaw woodcarvers’ demonstrations. And, back by popular demand, a favorite attraction from last year’s fair, Bullwacking Kass and her dozen oxen.

Yes, on the third weekend of August, the lights on the ballpark diamonds will dim and the dazzle of Fair Time will begin. The Antique Tractor and Engine Association will display tractors, engines and equipment. But the highlight of their show will be the tractor pull.

Tractors weighing from 1,000 to 14,000 pounds will test their might and muscle as they strive to pull the heaviest sleds the farthest. The tractor stops every 20 feet to add more weight, which in this case means more people. Serious Atkins dieters may have to remain spectators.

Meanwhile the guests to the Key Peninsula Fair will be entertained and amazed by chainsaw carvers. The carvers are sponsored by Kenny’s Northwest Experience, a studio located in the heart of Allyn. Men and women woodcarvers will quickly and skillfully create bear, moose, cougar and salmon using their mighty chainsaws. Some of the pieces created will be auctioned to the public for the benefit of the KP Fair Association non-profit sponsors.

Judging by the yard decorations around the Key Peninsula, folks will really like the antique tractors and the woodcarvings. But the hit of last year’s fair is sure to please the crowds once gain, the oxen and their lady Bullwhacker.

Bullwacking Kass, known to some as Sheryl Curtis, will recreate those thrilling days of yesteryear with the presentations of her “Old World Oxen Living History Co.” A visit to this event allows you to step back into history about 150 years ago.

So hurry! Hurry! Hurry! Put those fair dates on your calendar. And be sure to visit the Key Peninsula Fair Website at www.keyfair.com. This year there is a great special for people who purchase their admission tickets on the Internet. The $4 admission ticket may be purchased for $2 online.

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