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Elvis arrives at the fair

August 17th, 2011 at Wed, 17th, 2011 at 2:37 pm by Brian Kelly

Alexxis and Melissa Otto scoop up wood shavings for their guinea pigs' cages at the fairgrounds Wednesday.

The Island County Fairgrounds looks like an upended ant hill today as exhibitors, 4-H club members, vendors and carnival workers get ready for the start of the big show tomorrow.

Near one end of the horse arena, sisters Alexxis and Melissa Otto were busy filling buckets with wood shavings before heading back over to the cavie barn to get the cages ready for their guinea pigs.

Alexxis, 12, brought two of her guinea pigs: Buddy and Elvis.


“He has like a little spike on his head,” explained Melissa, 10.

It’s the first fair for the two girls, members of the 4-H club Cavies and Company.

“We thought it’s be fun,” Alexxis said.

“It’s pretty much work,” she added with a laugh.

“Elvis” – the other one of the two-legged variety – takes the Midway stage Friday. Fair favorite Danny Vernon returns with his “Illusion of Elvis” show at 8 p.m.

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