Grand Marshal for 2019
Wasco County Fair
Sandoz Farm of the Mill Creek Valley in The Dalles, Oregon are delighted to represent Wasco County Fair as the Grand Marshals for 2019. The Sandoz Family have been farming the same land and have maintained ownership of their farm since 1880. The family has been a part of the Wasco County Fair for that long as well.
In 1878 Charles E. Sandoz and his 2 brothers began farming the land by producing root vegetables and fruit trees. Competition for the best vegetables and fruit was always a fun part of being represented at the fair, and the Sandoz family members participated.
Julius Sandoz, son of Charles E, Sandoz expanded the fruit tree operation on the farm and took great pride in his cherries, apricots, peaches and apples. He also grew a very large garden that focused more on summer vegetables, such as tomatoes, corn, beans and such. His produce was sold from his cellar as well as truck loads that went to town. Competition was important for recognition of top quality fruit. A large win occurred at the Pacific International Competition in the 1930’s.
Charles John Sandoz son of Julius, also known as Charlie continued on the farm and added cattle to his enterprises in 1950 along with adding more cherries to the hill sides. Charlie took great pride in his registered black angus cattle and sold many breeding bulls and heifers to local farmers in the area. Charlie particularly loved to attend the Wasco County Fair with a few head of cattle.
Charlie and Goldie’s children, Mary, Mike, Charles Lee (Chuck), Linda and Ted all have participated in farming the same farm. Currently Ted, Holly and Theo, Mary and Larry, and Chuck’s wife Kathy and granddaughter Kali are the family members working the farm and participating at the Wasco County Fair. Chuck a huge participant passed away on January 30th of this year.
Theo and Kali can be found in the beef, pig and goat barns with their livestock projects and you can find many vegetables, photos and other areas of the fair that they are major participants.
The Sandoz Farm members currently raise USDA Beef and Pork, cherries, vegetables and a few other fruits, and they have value added products like jams and pickled products that make your local shopping experience at their farm stand and The Dalles Farmers Market a delight.
The Sandoz Family is proud to be in the farming industry, proud to be able to keep their farm in the family for over 100 years and proud to be the Grand Marshals for the 2019 Wasco County Fair.
Ted, Holly, Theo, Holly’s dad Wilbert, Mary, Larry, Kathy and Kali