Lighting the “Progress Torch” just outside the main entrance of the 1969 Deschutes County Fair is Queen Barbara Strickland (center) and her court. Princess Vicki McNulty (left) and Rita Young will help reign over the golden anniversary of the fair. The 22 foot gas torch was built by Cascade Natural Gas Co. In 1964 out of different sizes of gas pipe and topped with an old metal wagon wheel. When lighted the torch will burn at about 25,000 BTUs, which would light two downtown streets.
(Spokesman file photo)
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