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'Clucks, Ducks & Bucks' fair theme

GRANDVIEW - "Clucks, Ducks and Bucks!" will be the theme of the 78th annual Yakima Valley Fair and Rodeo to be held Aug. 10-14 at the Country Park and Fairgrounds in Grandview.

Organizers of the 78th annual fair and rodeo promise this year's event will be better than ever.

In addition to the 4-H livestock shows, exhibits and other events, there will be a number of fun contests taking place during the fair, according to Mike Bradshaw, director of the Yakima Valley Fair and Rodeo commercial and food booths.

Bradshaw, who has already mailed letters to potential vendors, said the fair will host a diaper derby on Friday. In addition, the fair board plans to again host the band and cheer day on Thursday of fair week in preparation for the Grandview Community Parade to be held Thursday evening.

"Last year the community parade featured more than 100 entries and we expect to see even more entries in this year's event," he said.

The rodeo, which is also growing in popularity, will be held Friday and Saturday, Aug. 12 and 13.

"Our rodeo, which had been a part of the Pro West Rodeo Association since 2001, was moved up to the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) last year," said Bradshaw.

"Our rodeo will again be under the PRCA rules," he said, adding details for other entertainment at the 2005 summer event are still be finalized.

The Yakima Valley Fair and Rodeo is held off Wallace Way in a 20-acre fenced facility with open grass areas, outdoor amphitheater, fenced horse arena, covered barns and enclosed 4-H and horticulture buildings in the Grandview Country Park.

Bradshaw encourages groups interested in being vendors at the August celebration to obtain event applications by visiting the fair web site at www.yvfair-rodeo.org. or call Bradshaw at 509-786-8250.

He said commercial booth and food vendors applications will be processed on a first-come, first-served basic. Deadline for commercial and food vendor applications is July 15.

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