Blue ribbon affair

LIHUE — Kauai Gymnastics Academy coach Kay Leonard rushed in, a tray of tomato cradled in her hands as she sought out the registration table Thursday at the Kauai County Farm Bureau Fair.

“This is for Coach Jack,” Kay said. “I need to get this in because last year, Jack got a blue ribbon for them. We’ll see how they do this year.”

George Mukai struggled with his load of produce, one variety of taro requiring three buckets to get to the tables.

“They’re really big,” Mukai said. “And you need three of them. They don’t all fit in one bucket so I put one in each bucket.”

Megan Fox of Malama Kauai also had a “random” selection of items, including an Inca, or Ice cream bean.

“Most people don’t know what this is,” Fox said. “It has this white thing around the seeds which taste like ice cream and that’s how it got its name.”

The Kauai County Farm Bureau fair opened Thursday with special ceremonies honoring the late Matt Stevenson who passed away in May. The services were led by Lyle Ueunten, a youth pastor from The Church at Koloa and the son of farmers Gary and Glenna Ueunten with music provided by the Kapaa Middle School Ukulele Band and Choir under the direction of Mary Lardizabal.

More excitement is on tap tonight when gates open at 6 as the Kauai Coffee Celebrate Chef Cook-Off welcomes fair-goers when local chefs compete to win over the tastebuds of event patrons and celebrity judge Sam Choy. The winning chef gets to select the charity who will receive a $2,000 award.

Also on tap is the 4-H Lamb and Hog Show, the Kauai Cattlemen’s Association Beef Tasting, the Kauai Community Federal Credit Union Bingo, and a slew of entertainment including Iris Downey, the Memphis Ukulele Band, and Greg Gabaylo.

And there are the usual games, rides and endless selections of food to enjoy.

The Kauai County Farm Bureau Fair continues Saturday from noon until midnight, and Sunday from noon until 11 p.m. at Vidinha Stadium.


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