Klamath Falls, Ore. – The Klamath County Fair gates open Thursday at noon.
The midway rides at the fairgrounds are rolling in, and the food concessions stands are being set up.
But the livestock barns are already busy.
Maci Mortensen of Crystal Springs 4-H is getting ready to show her pig.
“Her name’s Mabel, and she’s naughty.” Notes Maci. “She really likes to play, and she’s really energetic and I’m really hoping she makes weight, so we can have a fun time at fair.”
Trace Hammerich of Langell Valley Beef is preparing to show ‘Meatloaf’. “He’s picky, he’s short, he’s a midget – he’s a black angus, he weighs 1,210.”
The Rotary Livestock Auction will take place Sunday afternoon.
“We hope we get a lot of buyers – that’s the key.” Notes Weighmaster Matt Hurley. “Business, the community, and Klamath County needs to understand how important ag is.”
Maci admits she has mixed emotions about Sunday’s auction, but the fair can’t come soon enough for others.
KOTI-TV NBC2 reporter Lyle Ahrens moved from Nebraska to Klamath Falls in the late 1970’s. He instantly fell in love with the mountains, the trees and the rivers, and never once regretted the move.Lyle’s job history is quite colorful.
He’s managed a pizza parlor; he’s been a bartender, and a “kiwifruit grader” at an organic orchard in New Zealand. A Klamath Falls radio station hired Lyle in the mid 90’s as a news writer and commercial producer. In 2004, Lyle joined the KOTI/KOBI news operation.Lyle notes with pride that he has a big responsibility presenting the Klamath Basin to a wide and varied audience.
“The on-going water crisis has underscored the fact that the people and the issues in the Klamath Basin are every bit as diverse as the terrain. Winning and keeping the trust of the viewers, as well as the newsmakers, is something I strive for with each story”.
When he’s not busy reporting the news, Lyle enjoys astronomy, playing guitar, fixing old radios and listening to anything by Sheryl Crow.