Alpenfest Queen helps grandfather’s auto repair shop

GAYLORD — Fayth Sanom admits she is a very goal-oriented person. The senior at Gaylord High School won the Alpenfest queen competition in July and she is also a gymnast and cheerleader.

Soon, she may be able to add auto mechanic to her list of accomplishments.

For the last four years, Fayth has been helping her grandfather, Pat Sanom, at his repair shop (Affordable Auto Repair) in Gaylord. In June, a deer knocked Pat off of his motorcycle and after taking a little over two weeks to recover from his injuries, he returned to the business.

“She has been learning about the shop and after (the accident in June), I really needed some help,” Pat said. “Her coming in and helping me out has made a big difference.”

Pat was on his way to work when a doe rushed out of the woods and broadsided him, knocking him off the motorcycle. He suffered broken ribs, lacerations to his liver and a collapsed right lung.

“I am about 75 percent (recovered) right now,” he said. “One of the issues I had involved my strength. It’s hard for me to lift things, pick stuff up and move it around. Believe me, Fayth is strong enough to help me.”

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Fayth Sanom, 17, was crowned the 2022 Alpenfest queen on July 15.

Fayth Sanom, 17, was crowned the 2022 Alpenfest queen on July 15.

Fayth said working on vehicles at the shop is very fulfilling and plays to one of her strengths.

“I am a very goal-oriented person and that meshes well with what I do at the shop,” she said. “It’s very fulfilling to take something apart, perform a repair and then put it all back together. Recently I have been learning about working on a car’s engine.”

When Fayth visited Pat in the

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  • August 24, 2022