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Today’s highlights

Rustin Hall and his son Joseph unfold the wing structure of the 24-foot, 75-pound dragon they built for the University High School drama department production of “Shrek.” SR photo/Dan Pelle

Now that I have finally found my copy of today's Valley Voice that was sitting right in front of me on my desk, I can go over some highlights. (Don't ask. It's one of those days.) Reporter Lisa Leinberger has a cool story on a local family that built a huge mechanical dragon for the University High School's winter play “Shrek.” She breathes smoke, she talks and she moves. It will take five students to control the beast. The production is scheduled for Dec. 5-14. Is it too soon to buy tickets?

The Southest Spokane County Fair is this weekend in Rockford. The 69th annual event features a parage, 3-on-3 basketball tournament, live music, a pancake breakfast, a fun run and much more. Of course, you can't forget all the animals either. They even play center stage in the Cow Chip Bingo.

A woman interested in opening a gymnastics facility is asking the city of Spokane Valley to make changes to its zoning code to allow her business to be located in an industrial zone. In a close vote, the city council sent the proposal back to the planning commission for further deliberation.

The city of Liberty Lake has finished a couple of missing links in its trail system along Sprague Avenue. There will be a dedication and ribbon cutting ceremony at 2 p.m. Saturday at Sprague and Molter Road.

SE Spokane County Fair starts today

During the 2004 Southeast Spokane County Fair, cousins Shelby and Kailyn Gady, then 10 and 9 respectively, of Rockford snuggled with their blue ribbon winner Simmental cow, Butterfinger. SR file photo.

The 68th annual Southeast Spokane County Fair got up and running in Rockford today. The classic fair includes plenty of animals, live entertainment and fun events. The best part: admission is free. The carnival opens at 3 p.m. today, but most of the events are on Saturday and Sunday.

Saturday starts with a pancake breakfast at the fire station from 7 to 10 a.m. The cost is $6 for adults, $3 for kids ages 6-12 and kids 5 and under are free. The exhibit building opens at 9 a.m., but the highlights of the day might be the parades down Emma Road (also known at Highway 278). The children's parade starts at 10:15 a.m. and the grand parade starts at 10:30 a.m. This, of course, means that Highway 278 will be shut down from 10 a.m. to noon. This might be a problem for people driving to or from Worley. A detour will be available via Elder Road.

The weekend also includes a 3-on-3 basketball tournament and bingo. There will be a horse show on Sunday in addition to the other fair activities. Also be sure to check out the Cow Chip Bingo starting at 2 p.m. on Saturday. There will be cash prizes based on where three volunteers cows plop their, uh, cow chips.

A complete schedule is available at To reach Rockford, head south on Highway 27 from Spokane Valley. 

Today’s highlights

Perhaps the biggest news in today's Valley Voice is that the Spokane Valley City Council agreed this week to negotiate with SCRAPS for animal control services. The city has been contracting with SCRAPS since incorporation, but SpokAnimal had also submitted a proposal to provide animal control services. The decision has been discussed for months. The decision isn't final, however, until the city approves a contract.

Reporter Lisa Leinberger tagged along last week when a group of new teachers and employees in the East Valley School District took an orientation tour of the district on a school bus. They got a look at each of the schools and what makes them unique.

If you are planning ahead, start thinking about the Southeast Spokane County Fair in Rockford Sept. 21-23. It features livestock, a carnival, parade, fun run, live music, pie eating contest, 3-on-3 basketball tournament, horse show and Cow Chip Bingo. Admission is free, so bring the family.

County Fair underway in Rockford

During the 2004 Southeast Spokane County Fair, cousins Shelby and Kailyn Gady, then 10 and 9 respectively, of Rockford snuggled with their blue ribbon winner Simmental cow, Butterfinger. SR file photo.

Anyone who likes animals and small town fun should check out this weekend's Southeast Spokane County Fair in Rockford south of Spokane Valley. The barns, exhibits and carnival are open right now and there's a whole bunch of things scheduled for the weekend.

There's a 3-on-3 basketball tournament all weekend. Saturday's highlights are a pancake breakfast, fun run, two parades, games, live entertainment and contests. On Sunday there is a horse show and more live entertainment. Click here to read my story from Thursday's Valley Voice to get directions to the fairgrounds. You can find a full schedule of events here.  

Today’s highlights

Dylan Stevens, of Medical Lake, shows a rainbow trout he caught at Mirabeau Falls, to his sister, Rheese, last year during Valleyfest. The Mirabeau Falls will be stocked for fishing at the 21st annual Valleyfest this weekend. SR file photo.

You can grab a copy of today's Valley Voice for details on Valleyfest and the Southeast Spokane County Fair in Rockford. Both events are happening this weekend. The 21st annual Valleyfest features a parade, classic car show, live entertainment, hot air balloons and much, much more. The Fair includes animal exhibits, a 3-on-3 basketball tournament, parade, live enterainment and competitions. Neither event charges admission.

The Spokane Valley City Council decided this week to move forward with $358,000 in repairs to the Sullivan Bridge over the Spokane River so weight restrictions can be removed. The council still needs to decide how to pay for the project, however.

Even though it is not located in Spokane Valley, many residents are familiar with St. Aloysius Catholic Church near Gonzaga University. Reporter Pia Hallenberg has a story today on an interior restoration effort that is underway in advance of the church's 100th anniversary in October.  

Coming Thursday

If you need to make plans for the weekend, you will have to pick up a copy of Thursday's Valley Voice. We will have previews of Valleyfest and the Southeast Spokane County Fair in Rockford, which are both this weekend. Don't despair, though. If you plan properly you can check out both events.

The Spokane Valley City Council discussed repairs to the Sullivan Road bridge as well as the proposed Bike and Pedestrian Master Program, which got a less than warm welcome the first time the council saw it. Activity has picked up in Liberty Lake, with police officers logging more arrests. You can also read about a young boy who ran away from home when he got into trouble.

SE Spokane County Fair royalty named

The queen and her court have been selected for the Southeast Spokane County Fair in Rockford set for Sept. 23-25 this year. The coronation celebration was held this past Sunday. Taylar Franz of Freeman High School was crowned the Queen. Her princesses are Emily Sainsbury of Freeman High School and Mikayla Cornwall of Liberty High School. Congratulations, girls!

Rockford fair royalty to be crowned

Eight high school girls are vying for the crown for the annual Southeast Spokane County Fair in Rockford that is set for Sept. 23-25 this year. The coronation will take place Sunday at 6 p.m. at the McIntosh Grange at First and Lake in Rockford. Those attending can also get dessert for $5.

The girls are: Maylissa Lewis, Liberty High School; Taylar Franz, Freeman High School, Leaira Anderson, Freeman; Ashley Roecks, Liberty; Bianca Thiers, Liberty; Kailyn Gady, Freeman; Emily Sainsbury, Freeman; and Mikayla Cornwall, Liberty.

So head out to the Grange Sunday and support the girls in their efforts.

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