It's here. The North Idaho Fair and Rodeo opens today, marking the high point of the summer, if not the year, for climatologist Cliff Harris. And you know that when Cliff is happy, everybody's happy, because it's darn near a guarantee of decent weather. Happiness is what fairs are all about. Whether it's the delicious food, fascinating displays, gut-wrenching rides or top-drawer entertainment, the North Idaho Fair and Rodeo brings together regional residents from all walks of life, puts them all on exactly the same level and sends 'em back home with smiles on their faces if maybe unsettled stomachs. While he by no means has done it all alone, Dane Dugan, the fair's general manager, has taken a pretty good fair and made it even better in short order. Dugan started work in October 2012, so this rendition of the fair will be only his second. But it promises to be as special as Kootenai County's 150th birthday - which happens to be on tap for celebrating today at the fair/Coeur d'Alene Press Editorial Board. More here.
Question: Which day do you plan to go to the fair?