Sherman County eNews #221


  1. Country Music Festival in Antelope, Aug. 6

  2. 108 Years of Community Support at the Sherman County Fair

  3. Sherman County Fair Cake & Pie Contests

  4. Celebration of Life: Bill Vann & Tillie Geiser Vann, Aug. 19

  5. Sherman County Seeks Art Work for Display in Courthouse Addition

  6. Condon’s Eclipse Party, Aug. 20

  7. You Get the Picture

  8. Links: Things to Think About & Things to Do

1. Country Music Festival in Antelope, Aug. 6

Country Music Festival

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Sunday, August 6th

on the lawn of the

Antelope Community Church

in Antelope, Oregon


Joni Harms at 1 p.m.,

Paradise Rose Chuckwagon BBQ at 2 p.m.,

Mud Springs Gospel Band at 3 p.m.


Susie McEntire at 3:45 p.m.

2. 108 Years of Community Support at the Sherman County Fair

“To Patrons & Exhibitors:

         “We are happy to present to you, this 35th edition of the premium list for your Sherman County Fair.  The loyal support and cooperation with which the fair has been received in the past years gives us confidence that we will have continued support this year.  While the fair board is charged with the duties of caring for the property and holding a fair, we realize that we can succeed only with your continued help and cooperation.  We ask for your continued assistance in making this year’s fair an outstanding success.

         “We are looking forward to seeing our former exhibitors return with more and better exhibits this year and we ask our help in encouraging new exhibitors to participate and attend.  All working together, we can make this 1952 Fair an outstanding achievement.“

         “Very Truly Yours,

         “Harold Eakin, President   & Mary Coons, Secretary”


This message from the 1952 County Fair premium book holds true as the board prepares for the 108th Annual Sherman County Fair!

This year’s theme is “Wheat, Wind and Waves!” Queen Lexi Grenvik and the board invite you to join us to visit with old and new friends, enter a special contest, enjoy the 4-H contests and 4-H and FFA livestock show, attend the bull riding, dance to the Countryfied band or watch the Demolition Car/Truck Derby.

The Fair Board will be cooking up some awesome burgers and hotdogs with all the trimmings on Wednesday evening during the car show. Remember to check the schedule for new event times or dates. 

This year’s fair is going to be a special one, and you don’t want to miss out! The fair board lined up exciting entertainment for everyone to enjoy. Nashville recording artist Susie McEntire will sing the national anthem at our Bull Riding event on Saturday evening and return Sunday morning for Cowboy Church.  New to the Challenge of Champions Bull Riding Tour event this year is the Free Style Bull Fighting section.  These bull fights are fun to watch!  Freddie Prez is returning with large money Bingo and Frisbee toss games along with his many other crazy contests and his special cannon.   The Demolition Car & Truck Derby has some added money to the final heat pots for the drivers. 

Mark your calendars and join Queen Lexi Grenvik and the fair board August 22nd thru August 27th in Moro Oregon. early and save some money! Get your Bull Riding event tickets early at the pre-sale price of $12 for each adult. At the gate they will be $15.  Kids 10 and under are free! Go to to buy your tickets now.


See you at the fair!

Fair Secretary Beth McCurdy

3. Sherman County Fair Cake & Pie Contests

Sherman County Cake Contest: Class #3138. This is open to Sherman County residents only.  Use your favorite Chocolate Cake recipe (no box mixes). Cakes will be judged on appearance and taste by the Sherman County Fair Board members and/or other special guests. 1st place $40, 2nd place $20. There is no entry fee and entry day is Wednesday, August 23, 2017. 

food.pie.hotSherman County Pie Contest:  Class #329. This is open to Sherman County residents only. You choose the flavor! Pies will be judged by the Sherman County Fair Board on taste and appearance. 1st place $50, 2nd place $25. There is no entry fee and entry day is Wednesday, August 23, 2017. 

4. Celebration of Life: Bill Vann & Tillie Geiser Vann, Aug. 19



The Discovery Center Cafeteria near The Dalles

August 19, 2017

1:00 PM for Bill Vann

3:00 PM for Tillie Geiser Vann

Formerly of Sherman County, Tillie was born on January 4, 1928 and is survived by her daughter Gloria Geiser of Portland, brother Will Loeken of Bellevue, sisters Jan and Joan Loeken of Seattle, Irene Hays of Palm Springs, and Marion Dobbins of Oro Valley, Arizona.

This event will be catered, with some time between events.  The bridge will be closed, so people will need to go to Rowena and take Highway 30 to the Discovery Center.

5. Sherman County Seeks Art Work for Display in Courthouse Addition

ShermanCoLogoThe Sherman County Project Team is actively seeking Sherman County-themed art work for display in the courthouse addition currently under construction. The team is interested in any two-dimensional media (drawing, painting, printmaking, photography, etc) for display inside the addition. Deadline for submittal is August 31. For the initial screening, please provide an 8″ by 10″ color photograph or digital image of the proposed article. Include the dimensions of the actual article, if the size is fixed, along with a description of how the article relates to Sherman County and any relationship between the contributor and Sherman County.

If the project team is interested in directly inspecting the article, arrangements will be made with the contributor to do so. We know there are several talented local artists and photographers out there and encourage each one to contribute. There is no restriction upon the number of articles that can be submitted for consideration. Sherman County will offer a stipend, the amount of which is to be determined, for each piece of art work acquired. Submittals can be made by mail to PO Box 282, Moro, OR 97039 or by email to Questions may be directed to the same email address.

6. Condon’s Eclipse Party, Aug. 20

An Eclipse Party


Sunday, August 20th 7-10 p.m.

Condon City Park


Music by Brewer’s Grade,

beer & wine garden,


Paradise Rose Chuckwagon Catering. 

7. You Get the Picture

pencil.spiralLet’s delve a little deeper into how to change negative behavior in ourselves or another. We have talked before about how well the process works with a child. The good news is it works with adults, too.

As parents, we know that nagging our kids to stop doing something doesn’t really work. They either argue back, make like they are paying attention but continue with the action or behavior, or ignore us altogether. Whichever the response, the result is the same: No change. We do the same thing to ourselves, when we “nag” at ourselves to lose weight, quit smoking, whatever. So, how do we go about changing negative behaviors that could be holding us back?

First thing to remember is that, as human beings, we think in pictures. (While you read words on a page, or hear words, your mind is translating them into pictures, immediately.) How we interpret those pictures is reflected in our beliefs, and our beliefs are stored in our subconscious – forever. Ultimately, we act or behave based on those beliefs. So, if we want to change behavior, we need to change the beliefs – and we do that by changing the pictures.

Now, to change a behavior, the current behavior needs to be recognized and called out. Then we need to halt it with, “Stop it. I am (or You are) better than that.” Getting the behavior stopped is only part of the answer, because the current belief/picture that you want to change is still dominant in the subconscious. We need to provide a replacement picture of what we do want.

So, it’s “Stop it. I’m better than that,” and then you provide the replacement picture. “The next time,” and you go on to describe what that next time looks like. “The next time, I will remain calm when somebody cuts me off while I’m driving.”  “The next time, I will order salad instead of a hamburger.”  “The next time” provides the replacement picture of what you want.

The challenge is you need to really mean it. And you create those effective replacement pictures with dynamic affirmations. “I am a defensive driver, and remain calm during stressful traffic situations.”  You get the picture. ~The Pacific Institute

8. Links: Things to Think About & Things to Do

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Sherman County eNews #220


  1. Sherman County Residents Encouraged to Prepare for Eclipse Visitors

  2. Program: An Act of Exclusion–Chinese History in the Pacific Northwest

  3. The Dalles Art Center – August Watercolor Classes

  4. Sherman County Fair Commercial/Community Booth Application

  5. Sherman County Fair Table Setting/Decorating Contest

  6. Leveraging the ‘Inside’ Position

  7. Links: Things to Think About & Things to Do

 1.Sherman County Residents Encouraged to Prepare for Eclipse Visitors 

eclipse3Tourism and emergency management officials are encouraging local residents to prepare for disruptions, including traffic jams, delayed emergency response times, and supply shortages, during the Solar Eclipse on August 21, 2017. Sherman County Emergency Services has released the following tips to help local residents prepare for the influx of visitors to the region:

(1) A record number of visitors is expected to descend on the region over the weekend leading up to Monday’s Solar Eclipse. These visitors are expected to exhaust gasoline and grocery supplies in many communities. To help ease the supply burden, local residents should fill up their gas tanks and purchase their groceries for the weekend no later than the week prior to the event.  This will allow gas stations and grocery stores to restock supplies for visitors who are expected to begin arriving in the region on Friday.

(2) Cell phone coverage is likely to be limited due to increased demand on our towers. Residents should plan to unplug from Friday afternoon through Monday evening. Please turn off your cell phone and use a landline when possible to help keep the lines open for visitors and residents needing emergency assistance. 

(3) ODOT is anticipating record-breaking traffic on Oregon’s roadways during this event, particularly routes into the Path of Totality like US Hwy 97 and I-84. To help ease congestion and keep the roads open for emergency services, residents are advised to limit non-essential travel in the region. Consider rescheduling out-of-town doctors, appointments and try to avoid traveling through the Path of Totality during the weekend and Monday, if possible. 

(4) Never look at the sun without eclipse-rated eyewear. Eclipse glasses are available at Sage Mountain Primitives and the Sherman County Historical Museum, both in Moro. Supplies may sell out; make sure you’re prepared by purchasing your glasses ahead of time.

(5) With an increase in visitors traveling through the region, trespassing is likely to be an issue. Keep in mind, many of these visitors are not intending to trespass and are simply unfamiliar with the area. Private landowners who are worried about trespassing should post their properties with “No Trespassing” signs and close all gates.

(6) Dispatchers and emergency services are preparing for an influx in emergency calls over the weekend and on Monday. Please dial 911 only in case of emergency.  Keep in mind response times may be delayed due to traffic or other high priority calls.  

(7) Locals know August is the height of fire season in Eastern Oregon. As a reminder, help us prevent wildfires and protect our natural landscapes by observing local burn bans:

   (1) No campfires and open flames

         (2) Use propane BBQs for cooking

         (3) Avoid parking in dry grass

         (4) Dispose of cigarettes responsibly

         (5) Report wildfires immediately by calling 911

         (6) If you see something, say something. Politely inform visitors of local burn ban            restrictions. Many visitors do not reside in places where wildfires are common and may not be familiar with our burn ban restrictions.

eclipse1For more information on local Solar Eclipse planning efforts and what you can do to prepare, please contact Sherman County Emergency Services at 541-565-3100.



2. Program: An Act of Exclusion–Chinese History in the Pacific Northwest

Helen Ying and Trish Hackett Nicola offer a powerful combination of lectures on Chinese history in the Pacific Northwest in “An Act of Exclusion,” Friday, August 25 at Columbia Gorge Discovery Center and Museum, 5000 Discovery Drive, The Dalles, Oregon. Tickets for the 5:30 p.m. dinner and program are $22, the 6:30 p.m. set of programs only are $5. Purchase tickets by August 23. For tickets and information call 541-296-8600 ext. 201, or visit

3. The Dalles Art Center – August Watercolor Classes

Photography into Beautiful Paintings

Instructor: Award-winning watercolorist, Gayle Weisfield

When:  August 11 & 12 9:30 – 3pm
Minimum: 7 students, Max 14

Cost:  $175.00   All mediums welcome!

When it comes to preparing a painting, nothing beats a great value sketch. But maybe you just aren’t sure you’ve got a good photo-reference to work from. Redrawing or working from a bad photo does not always make for a good painting and sometimes it is hard to see something other than what is in front of you. During this 2-day, extensive workshop with Gayle Weisfield you will learn several different, step-by-step processes to guide you through organizing photographs into useful references for sketching and painting faster with less time devoted to problem solving on the page. You will develop a system  that works for you, using tools you learn from Gayle and working both individually and as a group to make adjustments to your own project.  The techniques covered in this class are accessible to any skill level, tech savvy or otherwise, so that you can finally transform those mediocre photographs into fabulous, dynamic paintings. 

Development and Following Through

When:  August 18 & 19      9:30 – 3pm      

Cost:  $75.00

Sign up at:

The Dalles Art Center, 220 E 4th St.P.O. Box 1026, The Dalles, OR 97058


4. Sherman County Fair Commercial/Community Booth Application 




COMMERCIAL/COMMUNITY BOOTH NAME                              















APPLIC. SIGNATURE                         DATE                      RECEIVED BY S.C. BOARD MEMBER, DATE

QUESTIONS? CALL BETH 541-980-1821.

5. Sherman County Fair Table Setting/Decorating Contest

arrow-rightA fun new contest designed to get EVERYONE’S party planning/special event, creativity, fun, thinking cap going………. A complete table setting/decorated and set up for two!!

We have 4 different age categories to enter; Youth, Adult, A Team of Two and Men’s Club.  As for the classes to select from there are 6 to pick from.

Entry Fees:

   No Entry fees for this division.

Entries Accepted:

  1. Entries will be accepted until 6:00 pm on  Wednesday August 23, 2017 (this contest must be entered by Wednesday entries will be taken at the fair office)
  2. Placement of table will be Thursday Morning before 10:00 a.m. (special arrangements can be made for Wednesday evening placement)
  1. Entry form follows this section and can also be found on our website on the special contest tab.

Special Notes and Rules

  1. Please bring your own table; Table is not to be larger than 36” square. (However Sherman County Fair has some tables available, these will be on a first come first serve basis)
  2. Tables are to be set up for 2 people, this is a complete table set up.
  3. Table decoration should be designed for functional service of the menu with decoration that follows the established theme. Table decorations will be judged on overall creativity, functionality, appearance, tableware (appropriate choices for the menu) table cover/placemats (clean, pressed and appropriate for the menu) table decorations (centerpiece, place cards, etc.) and menu (neatly written or typed large enough for easy reading by the viewing public) and with menu items listed in the order of  service
  4. Display needs to include a menu. (no need to cook any of the items)
  5. Theme/title needs to be listed first on Menu display card.
  6. Nonperishable items are encouraged
  7. Fresh flowers are okay need to be displayed properly.
  8. All items should be labeled of ownership, but not visible while on display
  9. A complete Paper party; all matching paper products coordinated line (aka Hallmark, American Greetings) will not be allowed.
  10. Please remember that all items will be on display for several days, select your props accordingly.
  11. Any questions or concerns, please call Beth at 541-980-1821

Release of Exhibits:

Exhibits will be released on Sunday August 27, at 1:00 p.m. this time is subject to change and will be posted and announced during the fair week.


1st place  $ 10.00

2nd place  $ 8.00. (Per category/class)

Category                                                         Classes

Youth; up to age 18                                        TD1000  Holiday

Adult; over 18                                                 TD1002  Fair Theme

Team of two                                                    TD1003  Kids Theme

Men’s Club                                                     TD1004  Wild West/BBQ

TD1005  Fancy/Elegant

TD 1006 Outdoor

6. Leveraging the ‘Inside’ Position

The relationships we have with family and friends are generally the ones we value the most. They are an important part of life for each of us. However, there is one relationship that seems to be even more important. It governs all the others – and that is the relationship we have with ourselves.

Ask yourself this question: In all likelihood, who is the one person you will know your whole life long? The answer: You.

Every day of our lives, we send ourselves thousands of mental messages that determine how we evaluate our own worth. The evaluation we make of our worth is what determines our level of self-esteem. Of course, the messages we receive from our family, friends, co-workers and others affect our self-esteem, too. But they send only a tiny fraction of the number of messages that we send ourselves, so they don’t have the same opportunity to affect us. And isn’t it easy to discount those positive messages coming from others?

Besides, if we are continually sending ourselves negative, devaluing appraisals, we will drown out the other messages, no matter how positive they might be. It is very important that we, ourselves, become the source of these positive messages, or affirmations as they are sometimes called. When we take control of this process, the leverage we gain from our “inside” position makes tremendous personal growth possible.

Unfortunately, many people spend much more time focusing on their faults and mistakes than they do on their strengths and successes. It turns out that our negative vocabulary is much larger and more richly descriptive than our positive vocabulary.

Focusing on the negative is a learned behavior. A positive focus can be learned just as easily. If you choose to, you can learn it, as well. So, who are you going to count on to leverage your inside position on you? ~The Pacific Institute

7. Links: Things to Think About & Things to Do

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