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Gross Point Blank

Fair officials need your help

I'm concerned about the apparent lack of interest of Lower Yakima Valley folks to serve on the Yakima Valley Fair and Rodeo Board.

All told, there are six vacant board positions, a vacant treasurer position and, evidently, a total lack of interest from new faces, new talent.

That's sad.

Over the years, I've heard numerous complaints about the fair. Chiefly, the lack of a carnival.

Many Grandview-ites will tell you that the first year the fair lacked a carnival is when it all started to go wrong. Then judgments are passed as to the fair board's lack of competence when it comes to obtaining one.

Let me clear that up.

The event takes place the second week of August. This is the biggest month of the year for carnies. Past fair board members have tried every trick in the book to get a carnival booked in Grandview and have failed.

But they did try.

The fair is something like 80-years old. It's a huge part of Yakima Valley history.

That's important to note. A lot of people call it the Grandview Fair.

It's not. It's the Yakima Valley Fair and Rodeo. That's why when we had fair royalty, girls from all over the Yakima Valley could apply.

Oh, and by the way, we don't have fair and rodeo royalty anymore. Know why?

When the last Yakima Valley Fair and Rodeo person charged with the task resigned, no one stepped up to the plate to take it over.

I'm concerned that's what's going to happen to the fair.

There are numerous talented people out there that know a lot about livestock sales, rodeo and entertainment, horse shows, ticket sales and organizing gate volunteers and even an individual out there who knows his or her way around bookkeeping.

If you're one of the aforementioned people and have even the remotest interest in serving to deliver a family friendly event, I'd like to suggest that you join.

Current board members are currently mulling ways to ease volunteer participation.

Show up at a meeting, volunteer and then become a part of that process.

The fair board meets every second Monday of the month at the Grandview Fire Department.

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