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Scenes from past Del Norte County Fairs. This year's version runs next Thursday through Sunday. (The Daily Triplicate/ Bryant Anderson)

A new midway and a bigger rodeo are on tap for the 129th annual Del Norte County Fair that runs next week from Thursday through Sunday.

Plenty of other changes are in store, but old reliables such as the destruction derby will be back, and ticket prices are staying the same, said Randy Hatfield, fairgrounds chief executive officer.

“The biggest change is going to be the Paul Maurer Carnival we’ll have this year,” Hatfield said. “I’m really excited about the show this year, they have a lot of new rides. This is the first time in 12 years that we’ve had a new carnival.”

“One of the new rides is they’re going to have a ‘drop,’” said Hatfield.  “A lot of people get into this tower — and it just drops.”

Miss Del Norte Pageant contestants

The Miss Del Norte Pageant will be held at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the arena grandstands during the opening day of the county fair.

The contestants include:

Ducky Dash For Cash

The first in an annual CASA of Del Norte Ducky Dash for CA$H wishes to congratulate three lucky winners from its July 4

CASA of Del Norte board member Bob Black holds up the three winning ducks. CASA of Del Norte executive director Susie Minx is shown in the foreground. Photos by Josh Jackson
CASA of Del Norte board member Bob Black holds up the three winning ducks. CASA of Del Norte executive director Susie Minx is shown in the foreground. Photos by Josh Jackson
fundraiser held at Elk Creek Bridge: 1st Place ($500 prize): Thomas, Chris and Luke Polidore; 2nd Place ($250 prize): winner wishes to remain anonymous and donated their winnings back to CASA of Del Norte; 3rd Place ($100 prize): Aaron Gabel. 

Thank you to all who purchased tickets. Proceeds benefit abused and neglected children in our community. For information on CASA of Del Norte, visit www.casadn.org or call 464-3320.



Dollars for Doggies

Submitted Photo
Faith Crist, right, president of the Crescent City Women’s Club, presents a check for $500 to Danielle Larsen-Wheeler, vice president of the Humane Society. Danielle says the money will help pay for medications and health care for the animals at the shelter.

Births Published July 29, 2009

Wedding-Wienecke, Roach

Wienecke, Roach

Scholastic July 29, 2009

Louis Clayburn

David Loughry

Sean Ewing

Still mysterious

Haley Lutz of Utah visits the Brother Jonathan memorial Friday afternoon. (The Daily Triplicate/Bryant Anderson)

It’s been 144 years since the Brother Jonathan broke up off our coast 

The Brother Jonathan shipwreck that happened about eight miles off Crescent City’s shores 144 years ago will always be a bit of a mystery.

It’s truly a sunken treasure ship like in children’s fairy tales, with millions of dollars of gold still at the bottom of the sea.

Also lost forever were 225 lives. In the days after the wreck on July 30, 1865, bodies washed ashore on a 125-mile stretch along the North Coast and into Oregon. Many were buried in the old Crescent City Cemetery between 8th and 9th streets off Pebble Beach Drive.

That old cemetery and who was buried there is also a bit of a mystery. It became known as the Brother Jonathan Cemetery and fell victim to decay and vandalism. Eventually, a new cemetery was built off Cooper Avenue and some or all of the bodies were moved there.

In the 1950s, local residents decided to turn the old cemetery into a memorial for those on the Brother Jonathan.

St. George Reef Lighthouse was constructed to prevent a similar disaster from happening, but was abandoned long ago and is currently under renovation. The lighthouse is like a ghost barely visible on a clear day from land. 

The lighthouse and the memorial are visual reminders of one of the worst shipwrecks on the West Coast. Both, along with the sunken gold, preserve the Brother Jonathan’s legacy and the story that will always be a part of Del Norte County’s history.

Sand Castles by the sea

Charley Tygart;/Photo by Mercedes Tygart
The Del Norte Child Care Council’s ‘Sand Castles by the Sea,’ a family-fun, non-competitive event, took place on Pebble Beach on July 2.


Mural in the works

Submitted Photo
Wanda Kirkpatrick (shown above) works on a mural on the Cal Trans building on Highway 101 across from The Home Depot on June 30. She has also helped with the murals at Ace Hardware and more recently at the Endert Pool.

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