YAKIMA - For 10 days the fun and entertainment of New
Orleans will be returning to Yakima for "Deux Carnaval!, the fun
continues" at the Central Washington State Fair, which is slated for Sept.
24 through Oct. 3.
This year's fair has a hours of entertainment for the entire
family ranging from the Royal Hanneford Circus under the big top to headlining
entertainment on the Oak Park Stage and rodeo action in the Budweiser
The Royal Hanneford Circus, returning to Yakima for the
second time, will be performing three shows a day for all 10 days of the fair.
One of the world's oldest circuses, with roots dating back
to the 1690s, the circus was a popular stop for fairgoers and their youngsters
The circus is free with admission.
Kicking off the entertainment on the Oak Park Stage this
year will be country music favorites the Bellamy Brothers. The duo, who will be
performing Friday, Sept. 24, at 7:30 p.m., are best know for country hits such
as "If I Said You Have a Beautiful Body, Would You Hold it Against
Me," and pop hit "Let Your Love Flow."
Popular musical comedian "Weird Al" Yankovic will
be returning to the fair after an eight year lapse Saturday, Sept. 25, at 7:30
p.m. Yankovic will be performing his latest musical parodies, as well as some
Mama Mia's Bjorn Again will take the stage Sunday, Sept. 26,
at 4 p.m. The singers, look, sound and dress like the Swedish singing sensation
Tuesday, Sept. 28, the country music hits "Man to
Man" and "The One" will be belted out by up and coming musician
Gary Allan. He will be performing at 7:30 p.m.
Also returning to the fair will be top female rocker Joan
Jett, along with band the Blackhearts. Best known for her hit "I Love Rock
n' Roll," Jett will be performing at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 1.
Creative prop comedian Carrot Top will be entertaining
audiences on the Oak Park Stage Saturday, Oct. 2, at 7:30 p.m.
Rounding out the entertainment at the fair will be Hispanic
singer Yolanda del Rio. She will be performing Sunday, Oct. 3, at 4 p.m.
At the Budweiser Grandstand, Friday and Saturday, Sept. 24
and 25, will be the Northern Sprint Tour Car Races. The races will begin at 7
Sunday, Sept. 26, at 2 p.m. the Spanish rodeo will take the
Wednesday and Thursday, Sept. 29 and 30, will be two days of
PRCA Rodeo action. The PRCA Bull-O-Rama will be Friday, Oct. 1, at 7 p.m.
The closing entertainment for the Budweiser Grandstand will
be two days of demolition derby action, Saturday, Oct. 2, at 7 p.m. Sunday,
Oct. 3, at 2 p.m.
Also as a part of the entertainment will be nightly parades
through the fairgrounds, which will begin at 6 p.m. The Great American Duck
Races will also be part of the entertainment, as will Nancy Kobert's Amazing World
of Birds show, which will have daily performances on the Pepsi Stage. For those
wanting a more hands-on experience there's Brad's World of Reptiles, where
visitors will be able to touch the reptiles.
Hypnotists Jerry Harris and Tammy Harris-Barton will make
stars out of audience members at their show to be held every day of the fair at
held at the Pacific Power Community Stage.
Those looking for a little comedy may find entertainment in
three outrageous cowpokes, which will also be part of the 10 days of
Besides days of free entertainment, special promotional days
will also be held during the annual fair.
Friday, Sept. 24 will be the KIMA-TV Day, which is offering
free admission and parking until 3 p.m. Carnival wristbands will be available
for $18 for those wanting to tackle the rides from noon until 10 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 26 is Yakima Valley Farm Workers (YVFW) Clinic
Day. The first 5,000 guests attending the Spanish rodeo and visiting the YVFW
mobile clinic will receive a free Frisbee-like flyer. Ride wristbands valid
from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. will be available for $25.
Fair-goers on Monday, Sept. 27 will enjoy Snyder's bread
day. With a marked Snyder's bread sack, the cost of admission to the fair with
unlimited carnival rides is $22. Unlimited rides will be from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Snyder's day is the only day of the fair that the cost for a wristband includes
On Tuesday, Sept. 28, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. KIMA-TV and
Living Care Retirement Community will sponsor half-price admission for all in
honor of the military personnel, veterans and senior citizens. Wristbands valid
from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. will be available for $18.
Pepsi Family Day will be Wednesday, Sept. 29. Those wanting
to attend the fair who bring an empty Pepsi can, pay $20 and receive admission
for two adults and two youths (ages 6-12). Carnival wristbands are $18 and can
be used between 3 and 9 p.m.
Thursday, Sept. 30, is Pizza Hut Little Buckaroo Day.
Admission for youths ages 6-12 is $1 after 4 p.m. Wristbands will be available
for $18 and can be used from 3 to 9 p.m.
The first 500 adults wearing pink on Friday, Oct. 1, will
each received a coupon for $2 Pink Panther scratch ticket from the Lottery
Booth in the SunDome. They will also have a chance to win the Ultimate Football
Weekend and $20,000 on Washington Lottery "Think Pink, Wear Pink"
Day. Carnival wristbands valid from 3 to 10 p.m. will be available for $18.
Bring an empty can of Coca-Cola Sunday, Oct. 3, for
Coca-Cola Day and two adults and two children (ages 6-12) will be allowed to
attend the fair for $25. Wristbands valid from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. will be
available for $20.
Ticket prices for the fair are $10 for adults and $5 for
youths ages 6-12 and senior citizens 65 and older.
Discounted tickets are available through Sept. 23.
Discounted adult tickets are $8.50 each and youth (ages 6-12) and senior
citizen tickets are $5 each.
A family pack is available for $39. The pack includes gate
admission for two adults and two youths and 36 ride coupons. Three dollars in
Butler coupons good for games, cotton candy and soft drinks is also included in
the package. Butler ride booklets with 36 ride coupons are currently available
Discounted tickets are available at the Central Washington
State Fair office, 1301 S. Fair Avenue, Yakima. They can also be ordered by
phone at (509) 248-7160.
Local singers to perform at Yakima fair
Hanging up Italian arias for the day the Rice sisters will
be harmonizing country favorites from artist such as Allison Krauss and Martina
Aileen, Erin and Caitlin Rice, all originally of Sunnyside,
will perform the evening of Saturday, September 25 at the fair gazebo.
The daughters of Andrew and Terri Rice of Sunnyside, the
girls have considered the community their home since 1993.
Erin, 22, is the oldest. She is currently a nurse in
Pullman. Aileen, 16, and Caitlin, 17, are both attending Yakima Valley
Community College and are expected to receive their associate's degrees this
According to Terri Rice, Erin has been singing the longest.
She received a singing scholarship when she was attending college. Since then
her sisters have followed suit. They all take voice lessons, and it was
actually their voice teacher who suggested they perform at the fair.
"She thought the fair would expand their exposure a
little," said Mrs. Rice.
photo provided by Terri Rice
Aileen, Erin and Caitlin Rice (L-R) of Sunnyside will be
performing country music favorites at the Central Washington State Fair gazebo
the evening of Saturday, Sept. 25.