September 8, 1995 in Seven

If You Don’t Watch Yourself, You Might Learn Something

Joe Ehrbar Correspondent
 

When most people think of the Spokane Interstate Fair, the first thing that comes to mind is an entertaining day milling around the fairgrounds, taking a gander at all the various animals and exhibits, sampling the foods, catching a concert and maybe hopping on a couple of rides at the midway.

What they don’t expect is to be educated.

In a way, that’s what a fair is designed for.

Fair-goers get the chance to experience things they’re not normally exposed to.

And, we’re not talking about country music.

Most people don’t understand the livestock market, how to make butter or how to make lotion.

Expanding on that, several exhibitors will include educational displays.

For example, in the swine pen, a number of displays will be posted right next to all those cuddly pigs.

And, to give something back to the community, organizers admit school field trips to the fair for free.

This way, kids can learn all about milking cows, spitting llamas, John Deere combines and all that fun stuff.

“We provide any one of the schools that wish to participate in a lesson plan based around the trip with free entry to the fair,” said fair manager Paul Gillingham. “We try to foster the agriculture in the classroom.”

After all, the fair is kind of an agricultural classroom.

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