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North Idaho Fair Opens

Western performer Loop Rawlins concludes his performance with spinning a gigantic lasso while entertaining spectators on the opening day of the North Idaho Fair on Wednesday at the Kootenai County Fairgrounds in Coeur d'Alene. Along with the trick roping, Rawlins act includes gun spinning and bull whip cracking. The fair runs through Sunday. (SR photo: Dan Pelle)

The North Idaho Fair & Rodeo opened Wednesday morning with a striking new entryway and plaza that pays tribute to a century and a half of Kootenai County history, from mining and logging through present-day tourism that drives the local economy. Idaho Gov. Butch Otter spoke at a dedication ceremony and, like many others have, stumbled over the pronunciation of sesquicentennial, or 150th anniversary. “It’s important that we look back … because we stand on the shoulders of all those folks the last 150 years that provided the leadership for the county, that provided the future, that provided the entrepreneurship, that provided the opportunities,” Otter told a crowd of more than 100 at the Heritage Tribute Plaza/Scott Maben, SR. More here. (Inset SR photo: Maurice Wagner, left and Justin Capaul, of Kootenai Fire & Rescue, along with Chris Fresh and Dale Johnson, far right, of Kootenai Sheriff's Office, prepare to present the colors before a new monument dedication ceremony to honor the 150 anniversary of Kootenai County)

Question: Anyone out there go to more than one day of the fair? What are your main attractions?

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