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Beyond The Norm-Mel

It's fair time

The Grandview Fair is almost here and I, for one, am ready to partake in the action.

After several years of struggling, it sounds as if the fair board has put together five days of fun and excitement for the whole family. I am hoping this year family traditions in new generations who didn't experience the fair in its heyday will spring to life.

I am very fortunate that I grew up in Grandview at a time when attending the fair was a family tradition for most of the community. For years my dad helped at the Kiwanis booth making chocolate covered frozen bananas and even had his own business booth at the fair.

I have many fond memories of the old fairgrounds, which is now the site of Grandview's Yakima Valley Community College campus. We used to attend the parade Thursday night and then walk down to the fairgrounds when the parade was over. It was much like a community reunion in those days. My parents would stand and visit with people who lived in the community, politicians and business owners as my brother and I would try to drag them away to see things like a 100-lb. squash.

I was sad to see the fair struggle in later years, but I'm excited about what this year's fair has to offer. There will be more events than ever to entertain fair-goers.

After two years without a carnival, one has returned to the fair. I am not much of a carnival person, but I understand that they do draw a crowd.

I am interested in seeing the Wenatchee Youth Circus perform. The youth circus is one of the top amateur circuses in the United States and it should be fun for the whole family.

Of course, there will also be a display of canned and baked goods, arts and crafts and horticulture samples to take in, as well as 4-H and FFA animal projects.

One thing I am looking forward to seeing is the business booths that will be set up at the fair. Fair board members have said that they are no longer taking food booths for fair week because so many have signed up for the event, but there are numerous business booths that will be at the event.

I'm interested in seeing what will be displayed in those booths, as well as the crafts and horticulture items that will be displayed.

That, along with the two nights of rodeo action and the entertainers lined up for the fair should provide a great deal of entertainment for the whole family.

I hope this is the fresh start the fair needs and that this year it is bigger and better than ever before.

. Melissa Dekker can be contacted at (509) 837-4500, or e-mail mdekker@eaglenewspapers.com

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