North Country Fair 2016 Day One 

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Mark Larson
The Arcata Plaza was packed for the first day of the North Country Fair and the annual Samba Parade on Saturday. Nice bubble, kid.
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Cigarette butts and other tobacco-related materials were transformed into life-like sculptures. Maureen McGarry and Madison Peters constructed them from litter found on the plaza and adjacent streets during July through September of this year.
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Marley Falicki-Souther (center), of McKinleyville, and his father joined the crowd at the zero-waste Kids Craft Zone.
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Dan McCauley, of Eureka, welded found-metal into dinosaurs and other artistic creations for sale at his Custom Metals vendor booth.
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The Same Old People Lounge and its memorial to Susan Anderson was hosted by Jerry Martien, of Arcata, on Saturday morning. Martien and Anderson, who died this summer, were among the original Same Old People who began the North Country Fair.
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Members of Trillium Dance led off the Samba Parade.
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Trillium Dance went for gold at the head of the parade.
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More gold and glitter from Trillium.
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The Samba Parade included dancers of all ages and styles circling the plaza to the beat of the drums.
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Belly dancers performed in the Samba Parade and the Ya Habibi Dance Company danced later on the plaza lawn at the North Country Fair on Saturday.
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Thirty years of Samba da Alegria dance and music were celebrated in the Samba Parade and in a later performance.
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Samba da Alegria in the red on the plaza.
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Samba da Alegria on the move.
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The sun smiled on the samba parade and its dancers.
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Volunteer Jasmine Gaston of the Fortuna Conservation Corps provided water to members of Samba da Alegria and got into the groove herself.
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Other members of Samba da Alegria were reflected in Danielle Felsenthal's sunglasses as they danced.
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Samba dancer Wendy Burns, of Arcata, added color-themed eyelashes to her costume.
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Samba da Alegria celebrated "30 years of parading in the streets" in a performance after they danced in the Samba Parade at the North Country Fair on Saturday.
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The Samba Parade included dancers of all ages and styles circling the plaza to the beat of the drums.

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