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The FICRA Flash: Fair Addition!

Saturday, August 11th is the annual Fox Island Fair and we are looking forward to another great event! Vendors, kids, parents and organization, now is the time to get your application in to be part of this fun community event! Click here for the latest FLASH


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In This Issue
Sponsor the Fox Island Fair!
Live Music at the 2012 Fiar
2nd Annual Raffle Room
Fair Volunteers Needed
Island Schoolhouse History
What is FICRA?
Where do the Fair proceeds go?
Contact the Board
Thanks for reading!
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The Fox Island Community and Recreation Association 

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This summer, hundreds of people will come out for Fox Island’s annual FICRA Fair on August 11th. This island tradition takes place on the

Ficra Fair 2011 Ponies

fairgrounds of the Nichols Community Center. There will be something to entertain fair-goers of all ages, including live music, grilled burgers, vendors, artists, a raffle room full of prizes, beer and wine gardens, a flower show and even the World’s Shortest Parade!

This community event is especially fun for kids and their families. Local children are encouraged to sign up for a booth, run a game, show their artistic talents, or sell their crafts. Come early and plan to spend the day. There will be lots of good fun, good food, and time to visit with friends. What a great way to spend a summer day and to support continued activities at our community center.

Vendors and families: Please “like” our facebook page for fair planning updates, check our website often for information and email the FICRA Board with specific questions. Your participation makes our fair great! Please complete your Vendor Application Form and mail to FICRA at PO Box 25, Fox Island, WA 98333 so we can reserve a booth for you at the fair. Just click on the link above.





The Fox Island Fair welcomes sponsors for this great Island tradition. 

You, too, can help keep this Island tradition going and support the FICRA Fair! If you are interested in being a sponsor, please email the FICRA Board of Directors at  


PenLightThank you to the Peninsula Light Company, a continued sponsor of the Fox Island Fair!


LIVE MUSIC! FICRA is Proud to Present


Ian McFeron, whose lyrical prose has been compared to Bob Dylan, Ryan Adams and David Gray, weaves together a variety of roots-Americana styles to create his own unique blend of roots-oriented American music. 

McFeron got his start in the Seattle music scene after his self-produced debut album “Don’t Look Back” (2003) was discovered by “103.7 The Mountain” (AAA-formatted KMTT, Seattle, WA). A recent college graduate and virtually unknown local artist at the time, McFeron’s poetic lyrics and tightly composed songs inspired the media giant to put the album’s lead off single, “Love Me Twice,” into rotation. Listeners responded strongly, and within months, McFeron would share the spotlight with international and national artists such as Patty Griffin, Nanci Griffith, Shawn Mullins, Brandi Carlile, Mike Doughty, Sister Hazel, Amos Lee, Hayes Carll, and Missy Higgins.

His early successes in Seattle launched McFeron headlong into a full-time recording and touring career. Continuing to function as a fully independent artist and self-functioning record label, he would go on to release five more albums in rapid succession, delving into a variety of musical traditions such as blues, folk, pop, gospel, alt-country, and jazz. Currently, McFeron is on tour in support of his sixth album Summer Nights, recorded in Nashville, TN with a cast of musicians drawn from Ryan Adams’ and Patty Griffin’s touring bands, including Doug Lancio, Brad Pemberton, Billy Mercer, Micah Hulscher, and longtime musical partner Alisa Milner. 

From the beginning, McFeron dedicated himself to building audiences the old fashioned way: on the road. Traveling from city to city, state to state, nation to nation, McFeron performs an average of 200 shows a year spread throughout the United States and Europe, inspiring listeners with his beautifully crafted songs and honest narratives. On the road, McFeron is often joined by Alisa Milner, a Texas-style fiddler, cellist, and harmony vocalist and long-time friends Norman Baker and Mark Bateman on bass and drums.




2ND ANNUAL RAFFLE ROOM IS BACK! We are accepting donations for this popular fair event! 






The Raffle Room is back! We are accepting donations for this popular fair event! 2011 fair goers really enjoyed putting their raffle tickets into the paper bag on a specific item. The Raffle will take place at the end of the fair. Winners may pick up raffle items after the raffle on fair day or at a scheduled time the following day.


FICRA is looking for donations of raffle items to appeal to all ages; especially for kids and teens. Last year, the most tickets were sold for the framed art by a local artist, a large potted bamboo plant, and a painted chair. Vendors, this is a great way to advertise your items! Suggested raffle items are: fishing gear, sports equipment, tools, pet items, tickets to a local event, camping gear, plants, and any items to do with summer time fun.


Click here for DONOR FORMS!


FICRA Welcomes Kids to Join in the Fun!
Carnival Booth Ideas


Kids! Choose a game, find a partner to help run your booth and practice your game in your backyard. Think about inexpensive prizes ahead of time and remember to price your game so that you can donate 5% of your profits back to our community center and still have some funds left over to spend at the fair or to put in your piggy bank. Here are some carnival game ideas: 

FICRA Fair 2011 Dahlias  

Cola Ring Toss 

Duck Pond

Hole in One

Lucky Key

Dinosaur Dig

Football Toss

Sticky Darts

Rocket Blast

Baseball Toss



Show off your talents

Photography Show

Art Display

Sell your woodworking, jewelry or crafts 



Do you need volunteer hours for your school, club, or organization? FICRA welcomes kids to volunteer at the community center too. We need young volunteers to help with the fair. Email us and find out more about volunteer opportunities right here on Fox Island!




Meet New People, Donate Your Time & Talents and Give Back to Your Community 

 The FICRA Fair Planning Committee needs you! Do you have a great idea for the fair? Are you planning on coming to the fair anyway and might be able to give just an hour of your time? Great! Do you have experience planning events or a special talent? Join us! Email the FICRA Board of Directors at and let us know.  



Now known as the


The Works Progress Administration built the old schoolhouse in 1934 during the Great Depression. It was the Fox Island School until the 1960’s. Now called the Nichols Community Center, this building opens its doors to Fox Islanders for meetings and activities. It has two classrooms with the original black boards, a kitchen, lavatories, and an auditorium with a stage. The basement was used for indoor play on rainy days.



As far back as anyone can remember, there has always been a summertime fair on Fox Island. Fox Islanders, young and old, have enjoyed the sunshine at this annual community event. This event is open to the public and all are welcome to come out the island! Grab a friend and make plans to spend the day on the fairgrounds!


FICRA stands for Fox Island Community and Recreation Association. 

FICRA was formed the 24th of February 1970. The purpose of FICRA is to promote matters pertaining to the health and safety of Fox Island residents, to promote the welfare and development of Fox Island, and to provide recreation and social activities of a non profit nature as a public service to the residents of Fox Island.


FICRA operates and maintains the Nichols Community Center, the Fox Island Playground and the adjacent Fox Island Nature Center. FICRA is a volunteer organization that is here to serve our Island community by providing many great social and recreational activities for islanders to enjoy. FICRA relies on its many volunteer members to make it all happen, from the Easter Egg Hunt, Ping Pong Classic, The Plant Sale in the Spring, The Low Tide Beach Walk, Astronomy Nights, Art for kids, Fox Island Fair in the Summer, to the concerts and our Christmas Tree Lighting in the Winter. Come join us to see how you can help FICRA continue to provide many great activities for our community to enjoy. Membership makes it happen!



Where do the proceeds go?


The proceeds from the FICRA Fair will go to the FICRA Building Trust, a 501c (3) organization.


The old schoolhouse will turn 80 years old in 2014! FICRA plans to celebrate 80 years, but first the building needs some “sprucing up”. We want it to be in top-notch shape after serving the Fox Island community for so many years. Help is needed to get the building ready for the 80th anniversary. Please contact FICRA if you are willing to donate your time, money, or expertise toward the maintenance of this island treasure. If you can, please contribute generously to the FICRA Building Trust, a 501c(3) organization.



How to contact FICRA and Board members


If you would like to reach the FICRA Board, please email or you may email them individually at:

President: Jim Braden

Vice President: Jeffery Goodwin

Secretary: Patty Metzger

Treasurer: Mimi Miller

Director: Tony Moore

Director: Hal Goodell

Past President: Lynne Goodwin



If you have any question or have events you would like to see in this email, please let us know by emailing us at
The FICRA Board