Princesses for the 31st annual My Fair Lady Pageant were introduced at the Columbia County Fair this week on Wednesday, July 17. The princesses were (from left to right) Kathy Bauska of St. Helens, Judy Brown of Rainier, Donna Baker of Scappoose, Patti Younts of Clatskanie, and Deloris Bellingham of Vernonia. The princesses were asked to share their funniest or most embarrassing memory. Patti Younts was crowned as the 2019 queen.
With their grandmother watching from the sidelines, Addison, Elijah (back row) and Katelyn ride the fair's miniature rollercoaster with friend Mariah.
Carol Peterson and Marlyn Balzat show their spinning skills at the fair. A number of displays featuring yarn creations and other hand-made goods were hosted at the fairgrounds.
Carrie Lambert, a recent high school graduate, shows animals at the fair. Lambert, who lives on a farm in Rainier, has participated in 4H for much of her life. 4H "will teach you so much responsibility and character," Lambert said, adding that she believes her experiences raising animals will help her as she heads to nursing school.
Fair attendees wasted no time getting on rides when the fair opened on Wednesday, July 17.
Kloe Moore, with her mother Kim Moore, wins a round of bingo at the fair on Wednesday.
Nora, Ava, Claire, Owen and Lucy Reed, riding on her aunt Mary Beko's back, smile for a photo in between rides at the fair.
Serafina Riutta waves to her mom as the a carnival ride at the 2019 Columbia County Fair starts up.
Attendees at the My Fair Lady pageant laugh as the princesses share their most embarrassing moments.
A group of friends takes a break from exploring the fair.
The Decades, a local band, performs at the fair. A variety of performances are scheudled to take place at the fairgrounds throughout the weekend.