Here’s a sampling of what’s happening today, Senior Day, at the Spokane County Interstate Fair:
9 a.m. – Creature Feature judging for children 11 and over.
10 a.m. – All exhibit buildings open. Various demonstrations and musical performances throughout the day.
11 a.m. – Senior activities on the North Lawn. Activities also scheduled for noon, 1 p.m. and 2 p.m.
11:30 a.m. – Racing pigs; additional heats at 2 p.m., 3:30 p.m. and 7:15 p.m. North Lawn.
Noon – Carnival rides and amusements open.
1 p.m. – Kids’ mutton bustin’; additional competitions at 2:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. North of Grandstands.
2 p.m. – Antique tractor parade. Steam and Gas Area.
6:30 – Mark Yuzuik, hypnotist; additional performance at 8:45 p.m.
7 p.m. – Herman’s Hermits with Peter Noone concert: Tickets $5 to $10 in addition to fair entrance fees. Grandstand Arena.
Admission is $10 for adults; $7 for kids. Today only, seniors 65 and older are admitted free.
The fair runs through Sept. 15 at Spokane County Fair and Expo Center at East Broadway Avenue and North Havana Street in Spokane Valley.
Copper wire thefts disrupt 911 service
EVERETT – Wire thefts this summer have disrupted 911 services for people in Snohomish County.
The Everett Herald reported that around Labor Day, thieves in Everett and Gold Bar left 350 Frontier Communications customers without telecommunications service. In July, Frontier reported four cable thefts in an eight-day period in the Marysville, Snohomish, Skykomish and Granite Falls areas. No arrests have been made.
Frontier Communications Everett general manager Ken Baldwin said if those telecommunication wires are taken, people can’t call 911.
Baldwin said the thieves are risking their lives to take the copper wires.
Telecommunications companies often share poles with power suppliers. Many Frontier lines are located near electric lines carrying high-voltage currents. As little as 4 feet routinely separates a cable line from a live wire.