CASHMERE — Kassidy Wisemore spent the summer planting trees, painting houses and landscaping.
Only her hands are tired, though. The work involved very small things.
The 13-year-old Leavenworth girl worked with family members to create a new permanent exhibit at the Chelan County Fair. It’s a train set-up, located in the Arts and Craft Building, that uses O-gauge trains, meaning everything is on a scale of a quarter inch equals a foot.
“This was fun, being with my parents and grandparents and learning how creative they are,” she said.
The idea for the train exhibit came from her grandfather, Jack Decker of Wenatchee. He and his wife, Bonnie, were talking this winter about ways to use some of the trains he’d collected over the past 40 years.
“I always said, ‘What good are they just sitting in boxes?’ “ the 73-year-old said. He enlisted help from his daughter, Ernestine Wisemore; her husband, John; the Wisemores’ other daughter, Karlie, 19; and another of the Deckers’ grandchildren, Mackenzie Welch, 21, of East Wenatchee.
They finished up the exhibit late last week and one of them plans to be on site throughout the fair to explain the highlights of the trains and answer questions.
“It’s going to be fun, seeing the kids, and probably some adults get excited about this,” Jack said.
His wife listed some highlights: One train engine, and one cabin in a rural scene, has smoke coming out; a tiny horse is positioned to race the train, a family of cougars prowl on a hill, a group of women line up outside an outhouse — there’s only one man in front of the men’s outhouse — and some newlyweds celebrate outside the courthouse and a church.
Other highlights include an Indian encampment, Indian cliff dwellers, Front Street in Leavenworth with mountains in the background, a circus, a lumber mill and, not to be missed, five different tracks and 14 tunnel portals.
The family will gladly tell fair-goers where all those things are, but they’re a little coy about one thing. There’s a Sasquatch hidden in the woods and, they say, they love watching people try to find it.
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If you go
What: Chelan County Fair
Where: 5700 Wescott Drive, Cashmere
When: Thursday through Sunday
Information: (509) 782-3232 and http://tinyurl.com/chelanfair