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I was almost 12 and my Father won a Salmon Derby that was hosted by the Elks Lodge in Olympia. The top prize was $200 in Worlds Fair money and tickets to the fair. The wind was blowing too much for the elevators to operate up the Needle so we did not get the opportunity to go to the top. To this day I have yet to visit the Needle. My fondest memory of the fair was the water ski show as I knew that I could perform as well as those entertainers and I maintained that dream all the way into my twenties. However, much like riding the elevators up the Needle; being a professional water skier never happened either.


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