The Fox Island Fair
A Historical Retrospective
The purpose of this page is to share the history of the
Fox Island Fair, over the 11 year period between 1999 and 2010.
The fair is held on the 3rd Saturday in August, at the Nichols Community
Center, 690 9th Avenue.
A history of Fox Island Fair T-Shirts can be found
The 2010 FICRA Fair - It
The BIGGEST Fair Ever!
Saturday, August 14, 2010 11am - 4pm
The 2010 FICRA Fair on August 14th, was the largest fair in Fox Island
history. With over 120 vendors featuring
games, crafts, artwork, plants, pottery, 'fair food' items, and other unique items,
this was the largest FICRA fair ever.
Vendors were allowed to choose their booth from the
FICRA Fair 2010 Map
2010 Fair was the last to be organized by 2010 Fair Grand Marshalls Lise' & John Ohlson; after a
10 year run, the reins to the 2011 FICRA Fair were handed over to the
incoming FICRA President.
Merideth Gurr, winner of the 2010 FICRA T-Shirt design contest!
The 2009 FICRA Fair
Was the Best Ever!
FICRA would like to thank all of
the vendors, volunteers and visitors to the 2009 FICRA fair.
It was one of
the best fairs ever, great weather, lots of cool things to do, see &
Come join your neighbors and friends at at the
Nichols Community Center for Fox
Island's annual summer tradition, the 2010 FICRA Fair. Have a Fair
burger, some ethnic food, or some of the Island's own home
Get your kids
involved in a booth, let them raise money and have a fun project. Sell your
wares, play games or other fun stuff. Pick up your FICRA Phone Book, get
this year's T-shirt, and see the world's shortest parade!
The 2009 FICRA Fair t-shirts were designed by John
FICRA Fair Grand Marshalls George & Marie Weis,
by members of Boy Scout Troop 27 and Cub Scout Pack 202.
2008 FICRA Fair
Grand Marshall John
Boy Scouts from Fox Island's Troop 27
escort the Grand Marshall of the FICRA Fair Parade.
The 2008 T-shirt, designed by George Weis, featured Northwest Indian inspired
leaping salmon, designed by former Governor Dixy Lee Ray.
Fairgoers at the 2008 FICRA Fair
|2007 FICRA Fair
The 2007 shirt design
featured the Tanglewood Island lighthouse, and was designed by
artist Pat Scanlon.
2006 FICRA Fair
2006 T-Shirts, designed by George Weiss
2005 FICRA Fair
2005 FICRA T-Shirts, designed by Nelson Jay
The Fox Island Nature Center was unveiled at the 2005
Fair - Another Great Year
2004 installment of the annual FICRA Fair was another great time
for all who attended.
Photo by Dave McHugh
2004 T-shirt Designed by Nelson Jay
Marshall Bill Marcy and his wife Melanie presided
over one of the longer versions of the "World's Shortest
Parade", when the parade route had to divert to the baseball
field due to congestion in the normal parade area. The
traditional parade vehicle, an MG convertible; was provided by
Ed Engelhardt, and uniformed Yacht Club officers served
as parade escorts, in their dress whites.
Fair goers enjoyed meatball
subs at "Arno's Cafe", cotton candy, giant cookies, mint juleps,
ice cream floats, oriental food, berry cobbler, and of course
the Yacht Club's famous "Fair Burgers".
A variety of games and
activities were offered, from "in a dish, win a fish" coin toss,
tie dye t-shirts with Marcy Powell, temporary tattoos,
post card making, bounce house, the Museum's annual Book Sale,
and of course the ever popular beer garden, sponsored by the
Red Hook Brewing company.
Fox Island T-shirts were in hot demand this year, with most
popular sizes & styles selling out early in the day.
Janet Schneeman and sons (left) assisted FICRA Treasurer
Judy Kanick at the t-shirt table in the FICRA Booth.
Live music was a new
addition to the fair this year, with the Gig Harbor trio "Acoustic
Union" playing popular music from the 60's, 70's, 80's, and
90's on acoustic guitars.
Special thanks goes to
Adam and Jennifer Tonzi, our Fair Committee Chairpersons for
Fox Island Flower Show
Wilson and her fellow Fox
Island Garden Club members
organized The First Annual Fox
Island Judged Flower Show at the Nichols
Community Center, held in conjunction with the
2004 FICRA Fair.
winners of the following categories
1. Frieda Robinson -
Mixed potted plantings
2. Jennifer Tonzi -
3. Rachel Detwiler -
4. Karen Scott -
5. Ginny Pryne -
6. Lise' Ohlson -
7. Linda Dodds - Fruit & Vegetables
Judges for the event were Corinne
Hall and Jule Doring from Horsehead Bay Garden Club and Jo Martin from
The event was made possible by Fox
Island Garden Club members; Judy Wilson, Marty Thompson, Jeanette Douglas, Janet
Templeton, June Babson, Lois Miller, Freida Robinson, Linda Dodds,
Thelma Laird, Juanita Bjork, Virginia Purkey, and Analise Stokes.
FICRA 5K Fun Run Race Results
winners, 5K race:
Male 1st Place: Jeff Boly 18:16
Female 1st Place: Charlene Miller 24:30
The runners are off, starting
the first annual FICRA Fun Run
The following runners finished first & second place in the first annual
FICRA Fun Run,
held at this year's FICRA Fair:
|14 and under:
M1 Rhodrick Bond
M2 Cedrick Bond
F1 Annie Truscott
F2 Anna Griffith
M1 Stuart Stopoulos
F1 Allison Scanlin
M1 Mark Gosney
M2 Steve Politakis
F1 Joannie Schmidt
F2 Wynona Owens
F1 April Griffith
F2 Arianna Bodaghi
M1 Nelson Jay
M2 James Sole
F1 Maureen Brekke
M1 Kent Holder
M2 Al Triscott
F1 Dianna Mayon
F2 Ann Holder
FICRA thanks the following volunteers who helped make this year's
Fun Run a success: Adam Tonzi for organizing the event, Allen Anderson and his kayak racing club - Allen was
our bicycle pacer and his team provided support along the course, the Koepfler family, John and Rachel Johnson, Ian and Dave Johnson, Marcy
Powell for first aid and signs at finish, Greg Thon, Falconer family,
Pierce County Sheriff's Deputy, Lise' Ohlson for high vis
vests, PAA for finish line cones, and all the participants who made the
first race a success!!!
Fairgoers Brave The Rain
Dave McHugh went incognito as Grand Marshall in the parade
The Annual Fox Island Fair was held on Saturday, August 9th, under sunny
skies. It almost wasn't that way however, by 9:00 AM a
steady drizzle was coming down, dampening the spirits of the
vendors setting up their booths. Fortunately, by the time
the fair opened at 11:00 AM, the sun had come out, and things were
in full swing.
Our Grand Marshall,
Dave McHugh, rode in the back of a fabulous Cadillac convertible in Fox
Island's famous "World's Shortest Parade".
Fifty-eight vendors offered homemade crafts,
delicious food and drinks and community information such as how to
prepare your family in an emergency.
FICRA wishes to thank the Fox
Island Yacht Club for donating their tent for the beer garden,
and a special thanks to Nelson Jay and the Red Hook
Brewery for sponsoring the beer garden this year!
Next year's FICRA Fair will be held Saturday,
August 14th from 11:00am to 5:00pm.
Ed & Terry Engelhardt served ice
cold Red Hook beer
to thirsty fairgoers
O X I S L A N D
A S H I N G T O N
2002 FICRA Fair
The annual FICRA Fair was held on
Saturday, August 10th, 2002
from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM
At the Nichols Community Center
the tents and choose from a wide variety of treats such as root beer
floats, egg rolls and stir fry, beanie babies, homemade pies, t-shirts,
painted rocks, books, soap, silk flowers, photos, Italian sub sandwiches,
tea, pillows, purses, glass beads, jewelry, doggie treats, pony rides,
Indonesian crafts, pottery, plants for your garden, sno-cones, baked
goods, hats, puppets, birdhouses, banana bread and southern barbeque, and
cold gazpacho soup.
Get your 2002
edition of the FICRA Fair T-shirts!
|A good time was had by all at this
year's FICRA Fair. According to many fairgoers, old timers and
new visitors alike, it was 'the best ever'!
Over 80 booths offered their wares at the fair
this year, including flowers, baskets, artwork, jewelry, games for
the kids, homemade berry cobbler, meatball subs, egg rolls, and the
famous "Fair Burgers".
FICRA thanks this year's fair organizers, Pam
Turnbull and Lise' Ohlson.
2001 FICRA Fair
The annual FICRA Fair was held on
Saturday, August 11th, 2001
Noon to 4:00 PM
At the Nichols Community Center
The 2000 edition of the annual FICRA Fair was well attended, and featured the
dedication of the new Gazebo.
The FICRA booth, featuring this year's T-Shirt selections and FICRA Phone
The Yacht Club's annual favorite: FICRA Fair Burgers.
The new gazebo was a popular place to eat & cool off from the
This year's event was well attended by vendors and fairgoers alike.
Booth vendors were selling a variety of goodies.
Food, fun and games!
The Bingo game was another favorite of fairgoers. A large assortment of
prizes were awarded including tool sets, t-shirts, and toys.
Dick Pitigliano and Mike Ford, "The Morning Show
Guys" doing a live broadcast at the Fair
The 2000 FICRA Fair parade, (the world's shortest parade) with Grand
Marshall Ann Harrington, escorted by
members of the Fox Island Yacht Club.
Update! The following letter was received on October 30th, 2000:
"Dear FICRA Members: Thank you "wonderful ones", for
"Lighting up my Life" August 12, 2000.What a fun beautiful
experience it was. Wow! Grand Marshall of The Parade. The grandchildren
loved it too- outstanding car & driver and even a floral bouquet and
Fox Island shirt which will be worn proudly. Isn't Fox Island wonderful
place to be called home! Thank you for the special day in the Life of Ann
Harrington. Glad I was born here. Yours gratefully, Ann"
1999 - 'Leaping into 2000'
|The 1999 Fair featured a 'Millennium' T-shirt, designed by Joanne Gray,
which featured a
fox 'leaping' into the year 2000, as we reached the end of the 20th century.
It was also the year FICRA launched it's new website,
FoxIsland.net, which was featured on the shirt.