Daily Sun News Editorial

You’re invited to party at 125th fair


The largest agriculture-related party of the year is going on, and you’re invited.

The Central Washington State Fair opens today at 1 p.m. and continues through the afternoon of Sunday, Oct. 1. There are rides, food, barns, entertainment, racing and much, much more in this 125th annual shindig.

There is surely something for every member of your family.

This year’s concert lineup includes country music artists LeAnn Rimes, Tanya Tucker and Mark Chestnut. Then there are Hispanic artists La Original Banda El Limon and Roberto Tapia. And for you pop music lovers, En Vogue will be hitting the stage. Rock’n’roll entertainers include the bands Steppenwolf and Smash Mouth.

Around the fairgrounds, there are other acts, too, including Brady Goss, Fire Stryker, hypnotist Mark Yuziuk, Jest in Time Circus, racing pigs, Walk on the Wild Side, Gossamer Magic, Mary Kitzmiller and more.

For motorheads, the fair features five days of heavy metal action. Today and tomorrow, hit the Coca-Cola Grandstand to take in Sprint Car racing. And next week, look for local drivers to be competing in the annual Demolition Derby on Sept. 30 and Oct. 1.

There are also hundreds of displays, arts, crafts, a midway, carnival food and a myriad of other activities. Take time to wander the exhibits — you may just find entries from your friends and neighbors.

While this year’s event is themed “Let’s Party,” but don’t expect organizers to leave out the agricultural roots of Eastern Washington. In fact, most of the fair is dedicated to the farms and families that made the Yakima Valley what it is today.

Livestock shows begin today and culminate in a stock sale later in the fair. Take time to meet some of the aspiring farming entrepreneurs from right here in the Lower Yakima Valley.

The fair provides a myriad of educational programs over the next week-and-a-half. Learn sewing, jewelry-making, fly-tying and canning, too.

So if you’re looking for some old-fashioned fun, plan to take in the Central Washington Fair between now and Oct. 1. Plan to kick up your heels, take in some tasty eats and celebrate our area’s agricultural roots.

“Let’s Party!”

And we’ll see you at the fair.


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