No couch potatoes at the fair

LIHUE — Dennis Ikehara is 92 years old and doesn’t want to be a couch potato, said Jerry Ornellas, past president of the Kauai County Farm Bureau.

“Dennis came out to work this morning,” Ornellas said. “At 92 years old, we had him painting the walls of the commercial tent because he said he didn’t want to be a couch potato. He’s been helping at the fair for a long time.”

Set up for the fair continued Monday at Vidinha Stadium.

Johnny Gordines said the main thrust of work involved setting up the entertainment tent which will be located across the bank of food booths.

This is part of the new arrangement for event stations for this year’s fair, which opens 6 p.m. Thursday.

People intending to visit the fair should consult the special tabloid which appeared in Sunday’s Garden Island. A limited amount of copies of the tabloid will also be available at the fair’s information booth.

“The biggest change is there will be just one entrance,” Ornellas said. “That entrance will be directly across the exit of the parking area that fair goers can access through Kaana Street which passes the police department and the Kauai Bus offices and barnyard. The police department is not allowing any parking on the shoulders of Kapule Highway, and barriers will be put in place to help enforce this. The easiest way for people is to use the parking area through Kaana Street.”

Ornellas was also concerned about the effects of Hurricane Hilda, which is hovering east of the Hawaiian Islands. Residents should monitor this storm.

“Things are moving along pretty smoothly, otherwise,” Ornellas said. “We should be ready to open Thursday evening. I can see the kids getting excited when they pass by and see all the tents and rides going up.”

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