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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 here.

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The 2010 FICRA Fair - It Was The BIGGEST Fair Ever!

FICRA Fair 2010Saturday, 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

The 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.

Congratulations to Merideth Gurr, winner of the 2010 FICRA T-Shirt design contest!

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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 & buy


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 made blackberry cobbler. 

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 Ohlson

FICRA Fair Grand Marshalls George & Marie Weis, escorted
by members of Boy Scout Troop 27 and Cub Scout Pack 202.

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2008 FICRA Fair

Grand Marshall John Arno

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 FICRA Fair
2004 FICRA Fair - Another Great Year
The 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
Grand 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.

The 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 2004.

First Annual Fox Island Flower Show
Judy 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.

The winners of the following categories are:
1. Frieda Robinson - Mixed potted plantings
2. Jennifer Tonzi - Cut flowers
3. Rachel Detwiler - Floral arrangements
4. Karen Scott - Oversized blossoms
5. Ginny Pryne - Centerpiece Design
6. Lise' Ohlson - Hydrangeas
7. Linda Dodds - Fruit & Vegetables

Judges for the event were Corinne Hall and Jule Doring from Horsehead Bay Garden Club and Jo Martin from Tacoma.


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

Overall 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

Age group Finalists
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
M2 none
F1 Allison Scanlin
F2 none
M1 Mark Gosney
M2 Steve Politakis
F1 Joannie Schmidt
F2 Wynona Owens
M1 none
M2 none
F1 April Griffith
F2 Arianna Bodaghi
M1 Nelson Jay
M2 James Sole
F1 Maureen Brekke
F2 none
M1 Kent Holder
M2 Al Triscott
F1 Dianna Mayon
F2 Ann Holder
Thank You!
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!!!

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2003 FICRA 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


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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

Peruse 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.

Get the all-new, 2002 FICRA T-shirts!

The world's shortest parade!

This year's Grand Marshall was 
Warren Gustafson.


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2001 FICRA Fair

The annual FICRA Fair was held on 
Saturday, August 11th, 2001 
from Noon to 4:00 PM
At the Nichols Community Center

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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 books.

The Yacht Club's annual favorite: FICRA Fair Burgers.

The new gazebo was a popular place to eat & cool off from the afternoon sun.

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"

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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,, which was featured on the shirt.

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