A good old-fashioned time at the country fair

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By Sandy Barnes

Kissing llamas, tasty peach cobbler and traditional mountain music created an enjoyable outdoor event for residents at the Life Care Center of Evergreen on Friday morning.


“It’s really nice. I like the music,” resident Lila Mae Frauenkron said while listening to the sounds of Haney’s Homemade Jam at the Old Fashioned Country Fair.

As the lyrics “I dream of you, dear, every night” drifted through the air, a few people danced.

Other residents gathered under a tent also enjoyed the music while eating ice cream and other treats, including peach cobbler, root beer floats and popcorn.

Most of the residents got a kick out of the two llamas that strolled through the fair grounds, occasionally giving someone a gentle nuzzle on the cheek. 

“He’s gorgeous,” resident Bonnie Lundin said while petting the soft coat of a llama named Gold and Silver.

Evergreen residents Marta and Jim Haas own the Bolivian llamas that they breed. They harvest the llamas’ wool to make scarves, quilts and fiber art at their ranch in Bergen Park.

Other animals at the fair were a miniature horse and a gathering of chickens that some offered popcorn.

The event featured a corn-shucking contest, bobbing for rubber ducks and a cake walk.

Staff members brought their children, who also had a good time playing games and seeing the animals.

Recreation director Marilyn Herrs coordinated the event with other staff members at the Life Care Canter, where 96 residents currently live.

Contact reporter Sandy Barnes at sandy@evergreenco.com or call 303-350-1042.