Better than fair

LIHUE — Sean Magoun, director of admissions for Island School, was glad to be at the Kauai County Farm Bureau Fair Thursday.

Island School is one of the new food vendors for the annual farm fair, which opened its gates Thursday afternoon and will run through Sunday evening at the Vidinha Stadium parking lot.

“If the menu doesn’t work, it’ll be my neck,” said Pepe Trask, who with Magoun, was putting finishing touches on the tent.

Island School will offer grilled steak, grilled mahi mahi, a combo plate, Quinoa and Tofu Salad.

Melissa McFerrin, event coordinator, said there are many new things to bring people to the fair hosted by the Kauai County Farm Bureau. This year’s theme is “Growing Kauai Together.”

Sandi Kato-Klutke said she brought coffee and light refreshments for the volunteers checking in items for the Fruit and Vegetable Show.

“Look at the pink oyster mushrooms,” Kato-Klutke said, applying a generous misting to the mushrooms growing out of a blue plastic bucket.

“Lawai Valley Nursery donated the specimen for us to show. After the fair, he said to dump everything in a cardboard box because he wants the container back. But, the dumping should yield two more spawnings of mushrooms.”

The Lawai Valley mushrooms started appearing at the Farm Bureau-coordinated farmers markets only recently, Kato-Klutke said.

Lola Cruz of the Kekaha Senior Center said all kupuna should have items entered into the Home Show. Cruz was joined by Lourdes Domingo and Veronica Carillio in submitting origami, or Japanese paper folding, craft in the recycled category of the Home Show.

“People think these are shells,” Carillio said, pointing to the vase covering. “But this is five crossword puzzle books and 860 folds. This other vase uses the sleeves from disposable chopsticks and 330 folds.”

David Bodano, one of the Coca Cola Boattling crew said they delivered more than 100 pallets of drinks — and that was just for Thursday.

The Kauai County Farm Bureau Fair runs through Sunday evening at the Vidinha Stadium.

Admission is $5 for adults, $2 for children, and $4 for seniors.

Visit www.kauaifarmfair.org for more information.

• Dennis Fujimoto, staff writer and photographer, can be reached at 245-0453 or dfujimoto@ thegardenisland.com.

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