A little bit louder now for Stanwood festival

STANWOOD – This year’s Stanwood Camano Community Fair could turn into a toga party.

In celebration of the 27th anniversary of the movie, “Animal House,” Otis Day and the Knights will be the featured performers at 9 p.m. Saturday on the main stage at the Stanwood Camano Fairgrounds, 6431 Pioneer Highway.

Actor DeWayne Jessie portrayed a roadhouse rhythm- and-blues singer named Otis Day in a now-famous toga party scene in “Animal House,” performing “Shout,” which launched his musical career.

Another big attraction at this year’s fair is the new Bonnie Cole Youth Exhibit Hall. The Cole family has long supported the fair, and the building is named after their young daughter who died of cancer.

The new building will give more space for kids’ art exhibits, as well as giving staff new offices.

As always, the lip-sync contest should be a big draw, said Malynda Shipley, a fair organizer.

“We have groups that are famous up here,” Shipley said, such as the Sag Sisters, a group of grandma rappers.

The lip-sync contests will be at 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, with the finals at 4:30 p.m. Sunday.

Started in 1932 as a simple harvest celebration, the event now features typical community fair attractions such as livestock shows, horse-riding competitions, food vendors and a downtown parade at 11 a.m. Saturday on 271st Street NW.

For more information, call 360-629-4121 or visit www. stanwoodcamanofair.com.

Reporter Scott Morris: 425-339-3292 or smorris@ heraldnet.com.

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