2021 Grand Marshal
One constant that visitors and residents of Trout Lake can count on is to be greeted by Bev Meyer’s smiling face when they enter the Trout Lake Grocery, even when that smile was behind a mask.
Bev and her business have always been an integral part of the community of Trout Lake, but never more so than during this past year and a half during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Although it was often a struggle to keep track of the changing regulations for sanitation and safety, and difficult to keep some items stocked, Bev worked hard to ensure that this community was able to obtain the items they needed. Besides keeping her store open, and the shelves full, Bev helped administer the funds donated by the community to ensure that people who were adversely affected by the pandemic would not go without.
She is no stranger to community service. The store donates to many charitable organizations. She is a long time member of the Trout Lake Business Association, where she is currently serving as Treasurer, as well as the bookkeeper for the Trout Lake Grange.
Bev was born at the hospital in Hood River, “but only because that was the only hospital in the area at that time.” She graduated from Trout Lake School in 1971. During her high school years, she worked for Gil and Velda Meyer, owners of the grocery store at that time. In 1973, she married Greg Meyer, their son. They were in Alaska from 1974 until 1977, when they returned to Trout Lake. In 1978, Bev and Greg purchased the store from Greg’s parents. She has been there ever since.
Bev wants to thank the community for supporting her business, and to remind them that the local customers are the reason that she is able to make it through the winter months.