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Don Seabrook | A fun afternoon at the fair

Reporter Reilly Kneedler and I headed to Waterville Wednesday afternoon to cover people bringing in entries the day before the NCW fair began, for Thursday’s newspaper. With a tight turnaround to meet deadlines, we would need to send the images and copy to the newspaper from the fairgrounds.

We arrived just as people could start checking their smaller animals and other entries in, so I wandered down the main drag, looking into the barns as I went and came across a family checking flowers into the floral barn.

I picked an angle where the light was coming in from behind as three young sisters waited with their flowers. The expressions of Hadley Kennedy were pretty good as she protected her marigolds and I blew through over 200 frames wanting to get a good moment.

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Hadley Kennedy, 4, Orondo, fixes up one of her marigold blooms as she checks her flowers into the fair on Wednesday. Her family brought the first flowers to the floral barn at the fair.

Something I wanted to focus on this year was the new poultry and rabbit barn. I walked down to see if anything was happening there. A family had just arrived and I followed Nevaeh, who was very comfortable handling her chickens as she moved them from their portable crates to the cages in the barn.

When she turned and looked at her shirt, I knew something had happened and started laying down on the shutter button as I discovered the chicken had just messed on her.

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Nevaeh Oxley, 6, Omak, discovers the realities of showing an animal at fair - it's sometimes just messy - as she moves her chicken to a cage at the NCW Fair on check in day Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2019. Nevaeh's mother is the poultry and rabbit barn superintendent. The newly constructed barn is one of the features at the fair this year. "There's a lot more space in here," Sheila Oxley said.

She wasn’t too upset; she just kept going on with what she was doing but I thought I might have a funny image from it.

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Nevaeh Oxley, 6, Omak, moves her chicken to a cage at the NCW Fair on check in day Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2019. 

A few minutes later, a small chick got loose. I like the two chickens in their cages at the top of the frame interested in what was going on.

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Evelyn Picking, left, of Omak and Dusti Casimir of Coulee City chase after a Wyandotte chick that got loose in the poultry barn at the NCW Fair Wednesday. Casimir was able to catch the bird that was owned by a friend of the Pickings.

After I transmitted my photographs while having lunch, I went out looking for something with the big animals that just started being checked in when Reilly showed up and said a cow had just broken loose and pointed in the direction he saw it running.

I headed out, joining the chase and was able to see the steer running away from people near the airport. It was a bonus image that I was able to get into the paper in time to make the jump page.

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People try to catch Dakota Foster’s loose steer, Taters, near the Waterville Airport on Wednesday afternoon. The animal escaped while being weighed at the NCW Fair. It was eventually captured and trailered back to the fairgrounds. 

Photo Editor Don Seabrook: (509)661-5225

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I was born in Wenatchee, went to Eastmont High School, graduated from the University of Washington with a communications degree in journalism. I have a wife and three children.

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