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Spokane County Fair Special Coverage

Come speak with us at The Spokesman-Review Agriculture Stage in the grange building near the rabbits! For a complete schedule of events and a map of our location, click here

Patrons, participants take one last trip to fairgrounds as Spokane County Interstate Fair winds down

UPDATED: Sun., Sept. 16, 2018, 9:42 p.m.

A novice blacksmith holds a thin steel bar over a bed of hot, refined coals. With heat and force, hammer, chisel and vise, the metal could be many things: rustic nails, decorative hair pins, a slithering toy snake for her son. Mallory Battista, a local graphic designer working a forge at the 2018 Spokane County Interstate Fair, said the color of the metal when exposed to high heat lets a smith know the temperature of the steel they’re working with. Red is ideal, and once a piece of metal begins to turn yellow, it could begin to melt or burn up, ruining the project.

A century and more in the making, rodeo continues to thrill crowds – and push the limits of human endurance

UPDATED: Sun., Sept. 9, 2018, 1:41 p.m.

Despite the physicality and talent needed for rodeo, and despite fact that rodeos play on the sports cable network ESPN, and despite the steel will needed to climb aboard an angry horse or bull, and despite the practice necessary to ride a charging horse while attempting to lasso a fleeing bovine, despite all that, some people question if rodeo is a sport. But no one wonders if it’s a spectacle.

Rob Curley: Come hang out with our newsroom at the fair

Our newsroom has now spent way more than “A Year in the Fields” as we’ve told the stories of the Washington farmer, and we want to talk with even more folks involved with our state’s agriculture scene. A county fair is a logical place to have those discussions.