Dress submissions at the Eastern Idaho State Fair Native American Department booth.
By LORI ANN EDMO
BLACKFOOT — The Native American Department at the Eastern Idaho State Fair had a total of 78 exhibitors and 516 items judged.
Superintendent Anna Bowers said this year’s department booth featured the late R.W. Dixey who was one of the first board members for the EISF. She said he was instrumental in bringing in the Shoshone-Bannock people when the fair was created. The fair was created when the townspeople and Shoshone-Bannocks gathering in the fall. In early years tipis would be set up and the tribal people would charge to have photos taken with them.
Bowers believes the Native American Department booth should be permanently dedicated to R.W. Dixey.
Purple shell dress ribbon winner by Wendy Farmer.
Rose medallion winner by Angie Buckskin.
Following are the winners of the special prizes the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes gave: Superintendent’s Choice $200: Leona Ariwite Taylor; Beaded Rose Medallion: Angie Buckskin. $100; Leather with beadwork: Angie Buckskin $100; Shell Dress: Wendy Farmer $100; Children’s Art: Anastasia Lora $50 and Saliah Jim $50. Hand Drum: Weldon Broncho $100; Fully Beaded Bag: Kimberly Osborne $100; Dried Roots & Berries: Diane Yupe $100 and Men’s Headwear: Burlee Broncho $100.
Headdress special winner by Burlee Broncho.
A $100 Chairman’s choice award will also be selected, along with two council men choice awards at $50 each.
Julie Teton Bagley was the judge for this year.
R.W. Dixey photo display with items.
Honorable mention basket entry.