As theme deadline nears, a look back at past county fairs
Leaving the job she's done for 39 years last week, Diana Tomasini walked about 20 feet to her new workplace.
A hairstylist at various Crescent City locations since about the time Nixon resigned in the Watergate scandal, Diana is leaving the Witches' Hut that she's run at the back of Tomasini's Enoteca for seven years and moving across the floor to run The Enchanted Florist inside the same building at 960 Third St.
"I always tell everybody I'll see you on the other side," Diana said.
That's no deep philosophical statement, but recognition that the flower shop is within sight of the door leading to the barber chairs. Now flowers will be her full-time gig.
Diana's daughter, Sacha, and Sacha's husband, Zachary, run the restaurant well-known for its lunch and dinner fare, as well as its Trivia Night and live music.
The Witches' Hut will live on, but Diana did her last haircutting Thursday. "I'm getting old," she said in a bit of an exaggeration. "I stood on cement for a lot of years."
Some pretty fair themes
In case you didn't catch the little item in the March 2 Triplicate, the deadline is fast approaching for submitting ideas of the theme of this year's 120th Del Norte County Fair.
All theme suggestions need to be received by Friday at the fair office, 421 U.S. Hwy. 101 North, Crescent City, or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.The submitter of the winning entry will receive four carnival wrist bands and four admissions.
In a burst of investigative journalism, I researched the fair themes from some recent years:
2012: Boots, Buckles and Barrels of Fun
2011: Over the Bridge and Through the Redwoods to the Del Norte County Fair
2009: Cowboy Boots and Country Roots
2008: Blue Jean Living and Country Giving
2007: Year of the Child
2006: Lighting the Way to the Del Norte County Fair
2005: We Have a Good Thing Growing
2004: Leap to the Future
2003: Wild Rivers
2002: Rock around the Stock
1998: Fair By the Sea
1997: Tales of Yesteryear
1994: A Fair to Remember
1986: We are the World
The first fair was held in Smith River in 1893. This year's event will be Aug. 1-4 at the Del Norte County Fairgrounds.
So pony up those theme ideas, pardners!
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