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Jennie's Journey

It's your fair

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Cartoon Courtesy of Cagle Cartoons

Some who don't reside in Grandview might wonder why they should attend the "Grandview Fair." What they probably don't realize is, it's not Grandview's fair.

The fair, which is held in Grandview at Country Park, belongs to all Yakima Valley residents.

Yes, it's your fair and there is much to enjoy at the Yakima Valley Fair and Rodeo.

There are activities for youngsters, and livestock abounds at the event. Little children enjoy seeing fluffy bunnies and hearing the piggy noises.

If you complain about the lack of a carnival, perhaps that is because you haven't attended the annual event for a number of years. There are plenty of other fun and interesting things at the fair that warrant your attention.

The support of the entire Yakima Valley is important. Attending the fair keeps the event running year after year. It is especially important for our youth.

You see, many of those youngsters whom community members talk about supporting are exhibitors at the Yakima Valley Fair and Rodeo. Some have worked endlessly raising cattle, sheep, pigs and other animals so that they might learn important life skills.

The youngsters have had to learn responsibility, patience and the value of hard work.

If you are looking for a bit more action, the fair can accommodate that, as well. This Friday and Saturday nights the fair features rodeo action, cowboys and cowgirls showing off their horsemanship. The Pro-West Rodeo is a tradition and although I am not a skilled cowgirl, I am always entertained at the skills exhibited by those who can race past the barrels at lightning speeds on the back of a horse.

I love the enthusiasm of the crowd and watching a bull rider try to handle an animal that has the potential to harm him is an adrenaline rush.

The food at the Yakima Valley Fair and Rodeo is always delicious. This year's fair includes offerings from Stoke's Burger Ranch, the always popular corn on the cob sold by Grandview Rotarians, haystacks, funnel cake and so many other delights.

My mouth waters at the mere thought of all that yummy food.

On display are several vehicles and farm implements. Young children love to climb aboard the tractors...something about the equipment just draws them like honey.

The entertainment for those attending the fair is also fabulous. I don't know many who don't enjoy the tunes of Patsy Cline. I think Jeanne Coady will do her justice in the tribute act slated for tonight and tomorrow night.

Also, who doesn't like clowns? Clowns are great for a giggle or two and youngsters will enjoy receiving a balloon animal from Mazey T. Clown, who has performed with the famous Ringling Bros. Circus.

Also on tap Saturday morning at the fair is the annual car show sponsored by the Grandview Chamber of Commerce. For car enthusiasts this is an opportunity to admire many makes and models, old and new. Shiny wheels and pristine engines abound at the show.

So, stop making excuses...enjoy your fair. Take the kiddies and take in the last two days, tonight and tomorrow.

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