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This year’s fair and rodeo may be biggest and best ever by Jennie McGhan

GRANDVIEW – There will be plenty of food, rides and entertainment certain to keep Yakima Valley Fair & Rodeo crowds happy this year. Mouths will be watering for all who attend the Yakima Valley Fair and Rodeo this year because of haystacks offered by the Haystack Palace, fresh corn on the cob made by the Grandview Rotary Club, ice cream served up by Baskin Robbins, tasty sausages prepared by Shameless Sausages, delectable Canadian bacon burgers offered by Hazel’s Diner and sno cones created by Lonnie Bill’s Tropical Sno. The Fraternal Order of Eagles of Toppenish, Bad Donkey Kettle Corn and Ana Leon’s tacos will also be providing yummy delights. Buffalo burgers grilled by the Grandview firefighters and breakfast griddled by the Grandview Kiwanis Club will also be returning this year. Commercial vendors are also a staple at any fair. Grandview’s fair will feature booths by Central Machinery Sales,

Tom Denchel’s Ford Country, ThirtyOne Gifts, Sunnyside New Holland, Cherrie’s Bearly There Soaps, Plexus, Happy Faces face painting, It Works, Oasis Therapeutic Massage, TSW Jewelry, Columbia Basin Satellite, Springfree Trampoline and Mona Bussert’s Scentsy Candles. Several exhibitors have activities and entertainment planned for all ages throughout the run of the fair. The Reptile Man of Monroe will be providing fair goers with an opportunity to get up close and personal with several coldblooded creatures. Mazey T. Clown, a real Ringling Bros. clown, promises balloons, face painting and ‘lots of silly stuff’! Fair goers are also urged to take some time to stroll through the buildings and barns, where friends and neighbors familiar in the Yakima Valley community have invested their time to create a variety of displays, and showcase projects and animals of all sizes. The rodeo is always a favorite and promises to entertain the whole family

Aug. 7-10 Schedule of Events Wednesday, Aug. 7 6:00 - 8:00 a.m. Livestock may enter grounds 7:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Record Books must be to the Livestock Office by 1:00 p.m. 7:30 - 11:30 a.m. All Floriculture entries accepted at this time only. 8:00 a.m. All displays must be up and all livestock must be on the grounds 8:00 a.m. Rabbit/Poultry Fitting and Showing followed by Classification 9:00 a.m. Weigh, tag and inspect following market animals: Steers (promptly at 9. All must be weighed before sheep.) Sheep (immediately following steers) Goats (immediately following sheep) 12:00 p.m. Opening Ceremony at Flag Pole 11:00 - 8:00 p.m. Activities for all ages including Cowboy BootCamp Ag-Ventureland. 12:00 p.m. Market Goats, Meat Breeding Goats, pictures to follow 1:00 p.m. FFA Tractor Driving Career Development Event 2:00 p.m. 4-H/FFA Livestock Judging 2:00 p.m. Carnival opens 3:30 p.m. 4-H/FFA Dairy Judging 4:00 p.m. Livestock Superintendent meeting in Livestock Office 5:00 p.m. Exhibitors, Parents, Superintendents meeting. All exhibitors are expected to attend in Show Arena. 11:00 p.m. Fairgrounds Closed Thursday, Aug. 8 7:00 a.m. Swine Classification 8:00 a.m. Sheep Classification 11:30 a.m. Swine Breed Judging 11:00 - 8:00 p.m. Activities for all ages including Cowboy BootCamp - AgVentureland 2:00 p.m. Carnival Opens 3:30 p.m. Beef Fitting & Showing followed by Classification 6:00 p.m. Grandview Community Parade

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10:00 p.m. 11:00 p.m. Friday, Aug. 9 7:00 a.m. Swine Fitting and Showing 8:00 a.m. Sheep Fitting and Showing 8:00 a.m. Dairy Fitting & Showing followed by Classification 11:00 - 8:00 p.m. Activities for all ages including Cowboy BootCamp Ag-Ventureland 1:00 p.m. Team Pulls 2:00 p.m. Carnival opens 2:30 p.m. Goat Fitting and Showing followed by Dairy 2:30 p.m. Pee Wee Swine Fitting & Showing 3:30 p.m. Pee Wee Sheep Fitting & Showing 5:30 p.m. 4-H/FFA Showmanship Round Robin 6:00 p.m. Diaper Derby 6:30 p.m. 4-H/FFA Livestock Trophy Presentations 7:30 p.m. ProWest Rodeo & Beer Gardens 10:00 p.m. Barns Closed Midnight Fairgrounds Closed Saturday, Aug. 10 9:00 a.m. 4-H/FFA Livestock Sale 10:00 - 3:00 p.m. Car Show begins 12:00 p.m. Carnival opens 11:00 - 8:00 p.m. Activities for all ages including Cowboy BootCamp Ag-Ventureland 3:00 p.m. Livestock Superintendent Meeting 3:00 p.m. Car Show Awards Presentation 7:30 p.m. ProWest Rodeo & Beer Garden 10:00 p.m. Barns Closed (No animals or tack may leave grounds until Sunday morning at 8:00 a.m. (NO EXCEPTIONS) Midnight Fairgrounds Closed

Friday and Saturday evenings. The popular horse team pull event is scheduled for Friday afternoon. Entertaining the crowds is important to the Yakima Valley Fair and Rodeo Board. That’s why Friday’s entertainment line-up will include local bands brought together by Grandview High School student Antonio Castillo. Also performing at the fair will be Sunnyside’s Hannah Bos. She will provide a special performance of the National Anthem to precede the rodeo action on Friday and Saturday. She will also be performing in the wine and beer garden. Saturday’s car show at the fairgrounds promises to bring a little shine to the fair. The car show and parade, held Thursday evening in downtown Grandview, are presented by the Grandview Chamber of Commerce. In addition, the fair board has brought the carnival back to the Yakima Valley Fair & Rodeo. Tickets for the Cascade Amusement rides will be available on the carnival grounds. Also fun for the youngsters will be the Jump-N-Joy Jumpers. Several bounce houses will keep those little ones busy throughout the fun-filled days of the fair. A one-day family pass to the fair, good for two adults and two children, will cost $18. A single person season pass for all four days at the fair will be $20 and a

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Yakima Valley Fair & Rodeo exhibitors are judged for their skills growing garden vegetables, canning goods, sewing items and artistry. Pictured here is a lineup of canning entries.

one-day pass will cost $6. Youngsters, ages 6-13, and seniors ages 62 and older will be admitted at the cost of $12 for a season pass and $4 for a daily pass. There is an additional $5 fee per person to attend the rodeo, however. Children 5 and under will be admitted to the rodeo free of charge with a paid adult. Admission to the fair begins Wednesday at noon, then Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 8 a.m. The grounds will remain open until 11 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday and until midnight on Friday and Saturday.

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Annalies Roskamp and Natalie Campbell (L-R) spend time together during the 2012 Yakima Valley Fair & Rodeo.

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Eager to enjoy the free shuttle service offered to seniors and disabled persons at the Yakima Valley Fair & Rodeo are (L-R) Joy Voss, M.J. Kluth, John Melcher, Becky Boose and Gail Boose. Pictured with the group is Steve Speck (far right) of C. Speck Motors in Sunnyside.

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Shuttle service to be provided at Yakima Valley Fair & Rodeo GRANDVIEW – Those who are ages 55 and older or who have a disability can enjoy a free shuttle service provided at this year’s Yakima Valley Fair & Rodeo in Grandview. The Foundation for the Yakima Valley Fair & Rodeo coordinated the effort to introduce shuttle services. Joanne Vining, a member of the foundation’s board, said the shuttle service will make it easier for all people to attend and enjoy the fair. “We provide supplemental funds to support and to benefit area youth through participation in 4-H and FFA groups,” she said of the foundation’s efforts. This is the first year the shuttle service will be provided for seniors and disabled individuals. Vining said the foundation hopes it is well received. “The golf carts (shuttles) are being provided by two businesses,” she said, stating sponsors of the service include C. Speck Motors of Sunnyside and Willow Crest Winery of Prosser.

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The Sunnyside Fire Department’s explorer scouts and other community volunteers will be driving the shuttles to help individuals get to and from various locations at the Yakima Valley Fair & Rodeo. Also volunteering their services will be member of the Masonic Lodge of Grandview. “We are very thankful to these people for volunteering their time,” said Vining. The shuttle will make three stops within the fairgrounds and the main pick-up area at the Yakima Valley Fair & Rodeo’s main entry. “It is the hope of the foundation members that this will encourage people to attend the fair if they do not want to do too much walking,” Vining said. Signs will be posted at each of the shuttle service drop-off and pick-up areas. The signs were donated by Pepsi. The Yakima Valley Fair & Rodeo is set for Wednesday, Aug. 7, through Saturday, Aug. 10.

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Three bands take the main stage Friday by Jennie McGhan

GRANDVIEW – Grandview High School student and music aficionado Antonio Castillo is organizing a special concert featuring three local bands on Friday, Aug. 9. Two of the bands are from Grandview,

Still Resonance and Broken Solstice. The other band being featured is Midnight Parkade of Pasco. Castillo said the bands will be performing on the main stage during the Yakima Valley Fair & Rodeo. “They play modern hard rock…I am a member of one of the bands,” said

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Castillo. He said he decided to organize the concert for his senior project. “I wanted to revive the experience of Rocktober, which is a past project no one has taken on for a couple of years,” said Castillo, stating the past concerts took place when the weather was more unpredictable. With a passion for music, Castillo believes it is important to expose others to the talented individuals living in the region. He has two times competed at a state

competition as a guitarist and plans to become a music teacher. Castillo said, “Music is universal. Although everyone has their own preference, everyone is touched by music.” Bringing the bands to the fair, he said, is an outlet for exposing people to music. “It also provides an opportunity for those attending the fair to enjoy one more entertainment feature,” said Castillo. The Friday concert will be held from 8 to 11 p.m. on the main stage at the fair.

GRANDVIEW – The RE Powell Museum, located at 315 Division Street in Grandview, will be open to the general public from 2 to 4 p.m., Thursday through Saturday, Aug. 8-10. A volunteer caretaker will be on hand to give tours and answer questions. For more information, contact the Grandview Parks and Recreation Department at 882-9129. Trek to the Ray E. Powell Museum the week of the fair to learn about Grandview’s history.

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Parade grand marshals big boosters for Grandview by Jennie McGhan

GRANDVIEW – For the past 10 years Lonnie and Andrea Hendrickson have been involved as volunteers for just about anything that supported the community of Grandview. That’s why they were selected for the person of the year award at the community awards banquet held this past winter. As a result of being named persons of the year, the Hendricksons will serve as this year’s Yakima Valley Fair Parade marshals. The couple received recognition for their efforts to organize the annual Halloween haunted house, taking on the responsibilities of the head chaperone for the Miss Grandview court, helping the Grandview Music Booster Club, organizing Cocoa & Carols during the Christmas season and volunteering for scouting organizations. Mrs. Hendrickson is a paraprofessional at Grandview Middle School, and the couple owns Ideal Graphics. Mr. Hendrickson is the photographer for the home business, which creates banners, t-shirts and signs. “We believe the children in the community need to know someone cares about them,” Mr. Hendrickson said of the couple’s volunteer efforts.

Mrs. Hendrickson agreed, stating she and her husband first began their volunteer work for the Grandview Music Booster Club 10 years ago. Mr. Hendrickson, who now serves as the Grandview Chamber of Commerce president, said he was also the careers technology education advisory board president at Grandview High School. The duo fills their days immersed in community projects. “Part of the year our home is filled with stuff for the Miss Grandview float…when that is gone, it is filled with haunted house stuff,” said Mrs. Hendrickson, stating the couple’s home is a testament to their dedication to the projects they work on. The Hendricksons aren’t shy about getting their two adult children, Michael and Teri, involved as well. “Michael will be driving the Mr. Grandview court in the parade,” said Mr. Hendrickson, pleased his son will fill in for him since he and his wife will be riding in the parade as grand marshals. Mrs. Hendrickson typically chaperones young ladies participating in the annual princess camp hosted by the Miss Grandview court. This year someone else will have to fill her shoes as she and her husband lead the parade. She said she and her husband are a

good balance because they support each other’s efforts. She organizes the Cocoa and Carols event held at Grandview’s Stokely Square during the Christmas season. He organizes the haunted house. However, they admit, they work together on the two events in spite of the fact that “…I’m a scrooge about Christmas,” according to Mr. Hendrickson. The couple credits the community and local businesses for supporting their efforts. R.E. Powell, said Mr. Hendrickson, provides the Miss Grandview program with a discount on gas for the float, while Les Schwab Tires in Grandview helps with tires. He said Bleyhl Farm Services helps with supplies for the haunted house. “I’m trying to establish a fund for a new truck for the float,” said Mr. Hendrickson, who said the truck used for the float is getting expensive to maintain. The couple said they are honored to serve as grand marshals for the Yakima Valley Fair Parade. “It’s surreal,” said Mrs. Hendrickson, stating she believes there are more deserving individuals for the honor. She said her first response to the news that she and her husband were

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Cascade Amusements returns to this year’s fair by Jennie McGhan

GRANDVIEW – Last year those attending the Yakima Valley Fair & Rodeo were able to find an adrenaline rush with the return of the carnival. Thrill seekers will once again have the opportunity to enjoy the carnival with the return of Cascade Amusements this year. “We are pleased to be returning,” said Amy Smith, a fifth generation owner of Cascade Amusements. She said her family spent many summers visiting Grandview, but in 2004 the fair board wasn’t able to bring carnival rides to the event. Smith said she is thrilled the funding for rides was available last year and again this year. “The carnival is good for everyone at the fair…people enjoy the fair longer and vendors see more customers,” said Smith. She said last year was a trial run because the fair needs to be well attended for the fair board to bring rides back each year. “I hoped it would be well attended so I could bring back more rides,” Smith said, stating the current plan is to provide fair goers with the opportunity to enjoy the Gravitron, Yo-Yo, Tilt-A-Whirl, Ferris wheel, giant slide, roller coaster, toon

cars and motorcycles. The choices may change, Smith noted. Based in Portland, Ore., Cascade Amusements has a top rating with the Better Business Bureau. “We believe in providing fun for everyone,” said Smith. Yakima Valley Fair & Rodeo vendor and entertainment director Julie Hendron said, “We’re all really pumped because we will have the carnival, as well as a variety of vendors at the fair.” She said the enthusiasm among the board members is high and the board is hopeful that those attending this year’s Yakima Valley Fair & Rodeo will enjoy themselves. “We really are hoping the carnival will be something everyone can enjoy…it’s something the entire family can do together and you can feel the excitement,” she said. ‑ Jennie McGhan can be contacted at 509-837-4500, or email

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Thrills and spills guaranteed during two nights of rodeo action GRANDVIEW - Local cowboys and cowgirls will again have the opportunity to show their mettle by competing in this year’s Pro-West Rodeo scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Aug. 9-10. The sanctioned event allows competitors without Pro-West memberships to enter the rodeo. Members with cards will be competing to earn points toward the top 10 standings. This year’s rodeo will feature bareback riding, tie-down roping, saddle bronc riding, steer wrestling, team roping, breakaway roping, barrel racing, cow milking and bull riding. Supplying the stock for the event again this year will be Daniel Beard Rodeos. “We were very happy with his stock…it’s excellent. He’s part of the Born to Buck program and it’s very successful,” said local organizer Gail Matsumura. Beard said rodeo enthusiasts will see the return of Bakugan, one of his better bulls certain to provide excitement in the arena. Bull riders will need to hang on for a full eight seconds atop BP and Jello, as well. He said the riders will be challenged by the stock he brings. Among the broncs to be favored by those attending the rodeo will be Macaroon and Hawk Talk. Beard said the two are known to give cowboys a great ride. Speaking of stock, the “Stalk” horse race that debuted in 2010 will be part of the fun during this year’s rodeo. Children age six and under

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Rodeo enthusiasts will have two nights of Pro-West Rodeo action to look forward to this year. The rodeo starts at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Aug. 9-10.

are provided corn stalks to use like stick horses that they race across the arena. This event will be happening midway during the rodeo competition on both Friday and Saturday. “It has been wildly successful,” said Bruce Matsumura. Added to last year’s rodeo was the cow milking competition, which will once again be a highlight of the action. Teams of three will race to fill milk jars from wild and crazy cows with

the hopes of earning the Vern Bos Memorial Award. Randy Skyles said, “There are six bucking shoots and each will have a cow in it. The cows will be turned out at the same time…it should be a wild event with 18 people and six cows in the arena at one time.” He said, “Everybody wanted it back. It promises to be wilder this year than last year.” Skyles said the event is good for a few good laughs as the

competitors scramble to complete the event. Making sure everyone is informed and entertained will be Marty Campbell. The popular announcer out of Pendleton, Ore. is no stranger to rodeos, having won the Oregon State High School Rodeo championship in the saddle bronc category his junior year. While in college he started competing at PRCA rodeos. But, after suffering a broken

neck he went on to learn more of the business side of rodeos and started doing announcing here and there. He became a teacher along the way and had the opportunity to do the radio broadcast of the Pendleton Round-Up. “It seems to just be rolling right along,” said Campbell. I hope it just keeps trucking and I can do more great rodeos to come.” As always the top 15 cowboys and cowgirls on the Pro-West Rodeo circuit will compete in the finals in October at the Couer D’Alene Fairgrounds in Idaho. Last year the many events in Grandview ended up paying out nearly $16,000 in prize money. There were 190 competitors that displayed their talent and skills to near sell-out crowds each of the two nights in Grandview. “We want to put on a show that snaps and is clean entertainment for the family. That’s what makes people want to come back!” Mrs. Matsumara also said Hannah Bos will be performing the National Anthem to open the rodeo both nights. Pre-sale tickets for the fair and rodeo are available for $10 at Sunnyside’s Daily Sun News at 600 S. Sixth St. Pre-sale tickets save those attending the event $1 at the gate. Children ages 5 and under will be admitted free. Pre-sale tickets can also be purchased by calling Matsumura at 509-832-2738.


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Chamber of commerce car show returns to fairgrounds on Saturday GRANDVIEW – Saturday, Aug. 10, the Grandview Chamber of Commerce car show will roll into the Yakima Valley Fair & Rodeo. The car show is open to all makes, models and years of vehicles and motorcycles. Gates will open at 8 a.m. Saturday morning and judging begins at 10:30 a.m. There are 22 classifications for the event. They range from pre-1920s to current vehicles in both stock and modified classes. Other classifications include “Imports Fast & Furious,” truck, classic hot rod, motorcycle, farm tractor, farm truck and even one referred to as “orphan” vehicle. Orphan vehicles are rigs that don’t fit any particular classification, according to organizers. They can include vehicles by manufacturers that no longer exist and vehicles that have been built using miscellaneous parts. “I have seen some ‘Frankenstein’ vehicles,” Mike Bradshaw, last year’s chairman, shared of the category. “The grand prize is $700 cash,” said Bradshaw, stating additional door prize

drawings will take place between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. He said there will also be a 50/50 raffle drawing to support the Grandview VFW post. Plaques will be awarded in all the categories and trophies will be awarded for best of show, participant’s choice and Grandview chamber’s choice. Trophy presentations are slated for 12:30 p.m. Saturday afternoon. Activities for participants are also planned at the event. There will be games for both young and old alike. A poker walk is planned inside the fairgrounds beginning at 9 a.m. Entrants will be charged $20 per car, truck or tractor and $15 per motorcycle, which also includes two free fair passes for each vehicle registered. Entry forms and sign-up information are available at or vehicle owners can enter at the gate the morning of the car show. Questions can be directed to Bradshaw at 509-786-8250 or emailed to

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Sled-pulling equines to tow the line Friday GRANDVIEW – Having been revived as one of the fair’s crowd-pleasing events in 2009 in recognition of the city of Grandview’s centennial celebration, the horse team pull event will again wow the crowd with the strength and stamina of these magnificent animals. The team pulls have drawn good crowds the past three years and the hopes are they will again when they compete Friday, Aug. 9, at 1 p.m. Competitors from across the northwest will be pulling to win championship honors. The event is put on by the Washington Draft Horse Pullers Association and sponsored by local individuals and businesses. This year the team pulls are open to minis, ponies and riding horses, as well as the larger draft animals. Each team will have a chance to pull a sled of weights for a distance of 20 feet on a track. The weight on the sled is increased until only one team is able to pull it. Teams will compete in four weight classes: over 3,500 lbs., under 3,500 lbs., lightweight (2,000 to 3,000 lbs.) and the ponies (under 2,000 lbs.). Local teams are encouraged to come out and put their team to the test. Local competitors should go to the fairgrounds one hour early to register. The $25 registration fee covers participants under the Washington Draft Horse Pullers Association insurance policy. Daily Sun News file photo For more information on the event call The annual team pull competition draws teams of horses from throughout the region. The action begins Friday, Aug. 9, Bryce Humpherys at 509-305-6845. at 1 p.m.

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ON THE EDGE OF COMMON SENSE The fair board by Baxter Black, DVM

It was every fair board’s nightmare when the lightning hit the stage. Course, it might have been expected; it was just another page In a trail of disasters that befell our county fair That began when Dr. Knockwurst told us we should be aware That a stomatitis outbreak might shut down the rodeo Not to mention all the entries in the Junior Livestock Show. Then the week before we opened they began to excavate Down the center of the highway that runs up to the main gate. Of course, they hit a waterline. We were Lake Louise by dawn. But no water in the spigots in the barns or in the john. So we planned on shuttle parking using pontoons and canoes But we finally wound up asking folks to just take off their shoes.

And the carnival got testy ‘cause we couldn’t build a bridge Plus the vendors all were grumblin’ due to decreased patronage But the tractor pull went okay ‘cept they pulled a

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was like we crowned him king. And he tried to say his thank yous but his tears got in the way. Time stood still as he departed. No one had too much to say Till the lightning hit the stage lights, then I heard me volunteer, “I reckon we should get them fixed ‘fore we do much else next year.” ‑ Used with author permission from his column “On The Edge of Common Sense” Coyote Cowboy Company P.O. Box 2190 Benson, AZ 85602 (800) 654-2550

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Like a pile of used retreads Only glad that it was over, all we did was shake our heads And ask ourselves why anyone would take this thankless chore When a kid, in tow with mother, stuck his head in through the door. He had lost his yellow ribbon, she explained, both drippin’ pools, And wondered if by some small chance, if it weren’t against rules... Could we? “Course we could!” I shouted. “We’re the fair board! That’s our thing!” So we picked him out a dry one. It

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Wine and beer garden to be operated by Airfield Estates by Jennie McGhan

GRANDVIEW – This year’s wine and beer garden at the Yakima Valley Fair & Rodeo will be operated by Airfield Estates of Prosser. The winery, which is owned by the Miller family of Sunnyside’s Airport Ranches, has taken on the task of operating the wine and beer garden for a second year because of a strong belief in supporting local groups and non-profit organizations. The winery will cover its costs and the remaining profits will be contributed to the fair and rodeo, according to Lori (Miller) Stevens, who said, “This will be fun…we’re looking forward to it.” She said all the preparations have been made to provide a safe environment for those attending this year’s Yakima Valley Fair & Rodeo. Airfield Estates has all the licensed personnel needed to ensure the event is safe and those enjoying the wine and beer garden are responsible. Stevens said security person-

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Prosser’s Airfield Estates is owned by the Miller family of Sunnyside. The winery will be operating the wine and beer garden at this year’s Yakima Valley Fair & Rodeo. Pictured are (L-R) Mike and Marcus Miller, and Lori (Miller) Stevens.

nel will be present and identifications will be checked. Anyone entering the wine and beer garden must be 21-years-old or older. She said Coors Light will be served to those wanting a cool beer, and the winery will have

available its pinot gris, unoaked chardonnay and Bombshell red wines for those wanting to enjoy a taste of the Yakima Valley. The cost for a glass of white wine will be $5 and red wine will cost $6 per glass. Beer will

cost $4. “The caveat is the winery won’t make any profit,” said Stevens, stating Airfield Estates is more interested in helping the Yakima Valley Fair & Rodeo. She said the fair and rodeo board approached the winery with the idea last year and the winery agreed to help out. Stepping up to help out is what Airfield Estates is all about, according to Stevens. She said the winery has helped other non-profit organizations with charity events and this was just another opportunity to support the local community. Stevens said, “It’s a big undertaking, but organizing the logistics is something Airfield Estates regularly deals with.” The wine and beer garden will be open Friday and Saturday evenings from 5 p.m. to midnight during the Aug. 7-10 Yakima Valley Fair & Rodeo. It will be located next to the rodeo grounds and anyone seeking entry must have identification on hand at the gate. ‑ Jennie McGhan can be contacted at 509-837-4500, or email

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‘Reptile Man’ joins entertainment line-up you for want to Aug. 9-10. 3. GRANDVIEW Any entry may –be Do opened judging. more about scaly ofon forHeprotection began educating the public about 4.learn If 2-piece lid isthe used putcreatures band back of seal. (4-H and Camp the Fire earth? Here’s your chance to getPreservation up a variety of reptiles in 2004,tosharing members enrolled in Food projects are allowed exhibithis in close and personal some the ani- fascination with what some might conClasses 40100, with 40200 andof 41200). feared Rules by many. be nature’s most mysterious 5.mals General for Open Class apply tosider Food to Preservation. 6. The All Reptile jars must be of properly labeled with processing Man Monroe’s Reptile creatures. method and time. 7.ZooAll MUSTisbepart processed in hot water, bathare or portrayed pressure as scary ani& products Living Museum of the en“Reptiles canner method, and preserved in the past year. tertainment line-up at this year’s Yakima mals in the movies,” said Petersen. 8.Valley Judging be based on the processing He times, and headspaces aniFair &will Rodeo. saidmethods, the many cold-blooded from USDA Extension bulletins. Free bulletins and advice are available at Isaac Petersen will entertain and edu- mals that populate the earth help maintain the Yakima County Extension Service, Room 233, Yakima, 575-4214 or cate fair attendees Friday and Saturday, habitat and the ecological cycle. toll-free. 1-800-572-7354. 9. Meat, fish, poultry and vegetables must be pressure canned. 10. Dried foods should be in clear glass jars for exhibition with a label indicating product name, pretreatment ( if none used, write “No pretreatment”), drying method used, (sun, dehydrator, oven) and date preserved. 11. Products without a label, incorrect methods or jars will be disqualified. Attach label to smooth side of jar. See examples of labels below. Labels need not be fancy.

“They control the rodent populations… rodents can carry diseases and many people become ill each year from those diseases,” Petersen said. He said his show will showcase different snakes, including a devenomized rattlesnake and cobra. “There will be an alligator, tortoise and lizards,” said Petersen. He said he wants people to better understand the animals that populate the world. “I want people to become passionate about them like I am,” he said. Part of the educational process is help-

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Hands-on cowboy, ag exhibit making debut at the fair GRANDVIEW – Youngsters of all ages this year can experience an interactive and educational agricultural exhibit, featuring old west themed, hands-on activities and crafts. That’s because Great American Entertainment Company of Grants Pass, Ore. will be providing a cowboy and ag-ventureland experience for children to enjoy. There will be 11 stations at the exhibit. They include a cowboy campout, horse saddling, gold panning, a horseshoe toss, the opportunity to dress like a cowboy or cowgirl, lassoing, a craft station and face painting, a general store, cow milking and the opportunity to pedal an old-fashioned tractor. Founded in 1983, the company was started with the purpose of “…keeping the wholesome family experience alive and well in America,” according to Pamela Jaeger, president of Great American Entertainment

Company. She said the interactive exhibits have been featured across the western U.S. The company was at the Laramie County Fair in Cheyenne, Wyo. and the Redmond Fair. It is a love of animals, children, family and a commitment to quality that has made the company successful, according to Jaeger. She said the children aren’t the only ones who enjoy the attractions featured at the exhibit. “Everyone gets involved,” said Jaeger. The cowboy boot camp and ag-ventureland will be open Wednesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

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ON THE EDGE OF COMMON SENSE Yellow ribbon by Baxter Black, DVM

The woman stood in line. Her eyes stared vacantly. Her face was gaunt. A thin film of dust covered her clothing. The weight of the world lay on her shoulders. She was muttering under her breath. A fly touched her cheek. She brushed it off, unthinking. “So, how’s it going?” I asked, interrupting her quietude. “Clint just showed his pig, Tanya can’t find the sheep clippers and Justin’s rabbit was disqualified ‘cause it had a black toenail.” “How much longer you think the hog judgin’ will go on?” I asked. “Ten or eleven. Who knows? It doesn’t matter because we’ve got to be here to close the petting zoo for the night.” “Look out!” I shouted as a loose pig shot by her blind side followed by a sweaty boy with sawdust on his pants and a number flapping on his back. She didn’t pay it any mind. She looked past me. “Tanya. Where have you been? I told you to check with me at 8:30. You need

to work on your lamb – I don’t know who has the clippers. – Borrow s o m e body’s. Where are you going? You c h e c k with me at 9:30!” The last two sentences were spoken to her daughter’s disappearing back. She turned and spoke to the two kids manning the Purple Circle 4H Club food booth, “How’s the ice holding up? Set out more cups.” I drifted back to the bleachers to watch the hog judging. It looked more like kids and pigs at the Ice Capades! Only a parent would be able to match the careening swine with their pursuing herdsman. I saw the judge pick his way through the melee and award a purple ribbon to a beaming teenager. The man next to me applauded. “Your daughter?” I asked.

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The evolution of Grandview’s Yakima Valley Fair & Rodeo GRANDVIEW – This year will be the 86th year of festivities at the Yakima Valley Fair & Rodeo in Grandview. It will be the 24th anniversary at the current location, Country Park on Wallace Way. The Yakima Valley Fair started in the downtown streets of Grandview as the “Harvest Festival.” During the early 1950s the fair found its home on Second Street, at what is now the Yakima Valley Community College campus, and soon grew to include the livestock exhibits.

By the 1990s, the fair and rodeo began to outgrow itself in town and moved to the current fair location at Country Park on Wallace Way. In 2001, the Yakima Valley Fair added “& Rodeo” to its name. The first three years, it was successful as part of the Pro-West Rodeo circuit, winning “Rodeo of the Year” honors for two years. The transition was made to the PRCA (Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association) in 2003. In 2010, fair directors switched back to have Pro-West

Rodeo as the sanctioning body in hopes of involving more local participants. The Yakima Valley Fair & Rodeo continues to grow and develop with each passing year. This year finds a dedicated Yakima Valley Fair & Rodeo board of 12 volunteer members who work diligently to improve the quality of the fair and rodeo. Each board member brings fresh and unique ideas and perspectives to the table, providing visitors with a fair that just gets better and better each year.

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Annual parade starts at 6 p.m. GRANDVIEW – This year’s Grandview Community Parade route remains the same as in past years, but the floats will begin traversing Grandview’s streets Thursday, Aug. 8, at 6 p.m. The parade route begins at Grandview Middle School. The parade will travel east on Second Street to Elm, where it will turn and head south ending at the Welch’s parking area on East Fifth Street. As in the past entrants are not required to pay a fee and can obtain entry forms online at Deadline for judged entries was

Thursday, Aug. 1. Late entries are welcome, though, until 3 p.m. the day of the parade. However, those entries will not be judged. Check-in for the parade begins at noon on Aug. 8 in front of the Grandview School District bus garage on West Second Street. Entrants will begin lining up for the parade at 3 p.m. and judging begins at 4:30 p.m. As always the local VFW and AmVets will provide the honor guard leading the parade. Parade goers will also see a wide variety of entrants from around the

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1. All entries must be secured to base and be clean. 11145 Scrapbook 11154 Other 2. General rules for Open Class apply to Models. 11146 Seed 3. No item will be accepted if larger than 18” wide & 24” long, due to 11155 limited Buttons/Pins 11147 Stamps 11156 Pens/Pencils space. 11148 Rock 11149 Indian Artifacts 806 W. Wine Country Rd., Grandview, WA 1. All entries must be secured to base and be clean. (509) 882-4448 2. General rules for Open Class apply to Models. $10toCash 3. No item will be accepted if larger than 18” wide & 24” long, due limitedAward - Judges Choice 1. All entries shall be the work of the exhibitor but negatives may be processe space. either by an amateur or commercial processor. No albums will be allowed. Section Walker‛s Auto Body 2. All prints will cover a minimum of 35 square inches (5x7) and must be Models 806 W. Wine Country Rd., Grandview, WA matted, mounted or framed. Points allowed: Blue 15; Red 5 Daily Sun News file photo (509) 882-4448 3. Exhibitors are limited to 1 entry per Lot No. and each entry must be clearly Class- Judges Choice $10 Cash Award on the back with title, name, address, telephone number and class i 1. All entries shall be the work of the exhibitor but negativesmarked may be processed 11101 Airplanes/Prop entered. No more than 5 entries per person. either by an amateur or commercial processor. No albumswhich will be allowed. Section 11102 AntiqueCar/Jet 4. Professional and must be photographers are invited to exhibit on a non-competitive bas 11103 Models Airplanes/Commercial/Private 2. All prints will cover a minimum of 35 square inches (5x7)only. matted, mounted or framed. 11104Blue 15;Boats/Ships Military Points allowed: Red 5 Each will be awarded a ribbon. There will be one “Best of Show” in 3. Exhibitors are limited to 1 entry per Lot No. and each5.entry mustentry be clearly Class 11105 Boats/Commercial Adult,and Junior marked on the back with title, name, address, telephone number class inand Senior. 11101 Airplanes/Prop 11106 Cars: Stock/Street/Show 6. The department and judge reserve the right to reclassify entries deemed which entered. No more than 5 entries per person. 11102 AntiqueCar/Jet 11107 Cars: Racing/Drag improperlybasis classified, reject work for special reason such as size or 4. Professional photographers are invited to exhibit on a non-competitive 11103 Airplanes/Commercial/Private 11108 Creatures other infringements of the rules. only. 11104 Boats/Ships Military 11109 Figurines/Fiction 5. Each entry will be awarded a ribbon. There will be one “Best of Show” in 11105 Boats/Commercial 11110 Figures/Real Juniors limited to 18 years and under. Adult, Junior and Senior. 11106 Cars: Stock/Street/Show11111 Motorcycles numbers 6. The department and judge reserve the right to reclassifyLot entries deemed same as Adult Division except number will be followed by the 11107 Cars: Racing/Drag 11112 Recreational letter improperly classified, reject work for special reason such as “A”. size or 11108 Creatures other infringements of the rules. 11113 Scenes/Shadow Boxes RE/MAX First Advantage 11109 Figurines/Fiction 11114 Science Fiction Sunnyside, WA 837-3301 11110 Figures/Real Juniors limited to 18 years and under. 11115 Trains $5 Cash Award for Judge’s Choice 11111 Motorcycles Lot numbers same as Adult Division except number will be followed by the 11116 Trucks/Pick-ups/Vans FAX: 509-882-3440 11112 Recreational letter “A”. Office: 509-882-2298 Hours 7:30 to 5 11117 Wagons 11113 Scenes/Shadow Boxes 11118 RE/MAX First Advantage8-Noon Saturday Other Models RES. 509-882-5039 CELL: 509-830-1418 11114 Science Fiction Sunnyside, WA 837-3301 11119 Armor 11115 Trains $5 Cash Award for Judge’s Choice 11116 Trucks/Pick-ups/Vans Walker‛s Auto Body 11117 Wagons 806 W. Wine Country Rd., Grandview, WA 11118 Other Models (509) 882-4448 11119 Armor $10 Cash Award to Best of Show in Models

Members of Yakima Valley 4-H and FFA clubs each year exhibit their animals. The livestock trophy presentations will be held Friday, Aug. 9, at 6:30 p.m. The livestock sale begins at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 10. Pictured here is Kera Dexter of the Naches Valley 4-H Club.

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Displayed at the annual Yakima Valley Fair & Rodeo are farm implements sold by local companies like Central Machinery Sales Inc. of Sunnyside.

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Where we help you get what you need quickly so you can get on the job. Tools • Paint • Hardware

710 West Country Rd. Grandview

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806 W. Wine Country Rd., Grandview, WA 1. All entries must be secured to base and be clean. (509) 882-4448 2. General rules for open class apply to construction sets. $10 Cash Award to Best of Show in Models 3. Open to Juniors under 13 only. Section Points allowed: Blue 10; Red 5 Construction Sets Class 1. All entries must be secured to base and be clean. 11130 Legos 11135 Plastic 2. General rules for open class apply to construction sets. 11131 Lincoln Logs 11136 Other Construction Sets 3. Open to Juniors under 13 only. 11132 Tinker Toys Points allowed: Blue 10; Red 5 11133 Snap Together Sets 11137 Miscellaneous Class GRANDVIEW-TOPPENISH grandview 11134 Metal Construction Sets 11130 Legos 11135 Plastic 11131 Lincoln Logs 11136 Other Construction Sets Walker‛s Cars & Trucks 11132 Tinker Toys 11133 Snap Together Sets 11137 Miscellaneous 804 W. Wine Country Rd., Grandview, WA (509) 882-1782 11134 Metal Construction Sets $10 Cash Award to Best of Show in Collections

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