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12-year-old llama keeper wins hearts, costume contest at Spokane County Interstate Fair

Kayla Wiggins and her llama Argento know how to win.


Wheat growers celebrate banner year, but uncertainty looms

The crop that dominates Eastern Washington’s landscape has made most farmers happy as wheat harvest numbers are coming in as much as 50 percent higher than average yields, officials said …


Washington apple crop awaits answers amid ongoing trade uncertainty

Despite uncertainty about markets, the Washington apple crop is coming off the trees and producers are hopeful that talks with Mexico and Canada can wrap up soon to protect two …


100 years ago in Spokane: Bear attacks man at Interstate Fair

A caged bear at the Interstate Fair turned on Mike Welch, animal attendant, when Welch unwisely entered the cage without a club.


Former sheriff’s mechanic turns his father’s saw into a marvel at the Spokane County fair

Nathan Thompson has a gift. Give him a howling motor and he’ll have it purring in no time. Show him a leaky transmission and he’ll shore it up. And give …


UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 9, 2017, 10:07 p.m.

Spokane County Fair home arts guru approaching 50 years on the job

If you have any questions about the crocheted, knitted and sewn items on display at the Spokane County Interstate Fair, ask Louise Wells.


100 years ago in Spokane: Unions celebrate Labor Day with elaborate floats in parade

More than 1,500 union men marched through the streets of Spokane in celebration of Labor Day. “Numerically, it was one of the most impressive demonstrations that the labor unions of …


100 years ago in Spokane: Navy recruiting station at Interstate Fair displays 17-foot-long torpedo

A U.S. Navy recruiting station opened on the grounds of the Interstate Fair, and it would soon include a special exhibit: a real torpedo. It would be the first Whitehead …


100 years ago in Spokane: Railroad union members vote unanimously to strike

From our archives, 100 years ago The 460 Spokane members of four railroad unions voted – “without one dissenting voice” – to go on strike beginning several days hence.


100 years ago in Spokane: ‘Thug’ assaults nurse

From our archives, 100 years ago A mysterious “thug” lured Miss Catherine Powell, a trained nurse, into the woods, where he assaulted her.


Front & Center: Rich Hartzell has cultivated a successful Spokane County Fair

Spokane County Fair director Rich Hartzell is ready to put on an event featuring agriculture, carnival rides, music and a tank full of sharks.


100 years ago in Spokane: Hamburgers banned from Interstate Fair

A new culinary fad, the “hamburger sandwich,” was banned from Spokane’s Interstate Fair.


Prisoner release program going well

Yet another prison inmate has wandered away from his work detail at the Spokane Interstate Fair. Fair officials reacted immediately by changing this year’s theme from “Duck Into the Fair” …


Jim Kershner’s this day in history

From our archives, 100 years ago Spokane’s whiskey drinkers were beginning to make plans for the coming of statewide prohibition on Jan. 1, and Jimmie Durkin was offering to help.


Jim Kershner’s this day in history

From our archives, 100 years ago It was the second day of the Spokane Interstate Fair, but not all was gaiety.


Jim Kershner’s this day in history

From our archives, 100 years ago Spokane’s Interstate Fair was facing an existential crisis. It needed to raise $37,000 to pay its debts or face the loss of its fairgrounds …


Jim Kershner’s this day in history

From our archives, 100 years ago “Spokane Baby Is A World Beater,” trumpeted the somewhat startling headline.


Getting your fair share

Let’s take a moment to touch on a near-universal truth: You’re never too old to enjoy the fair. After all, it’s practically impossible to resist the allure of carnival rides, …


Getting your fair share

Let’s take a moment to touch on a near-universal truth: You’re never too old to enjoy the fair. After all, it’s practically impossible to resist the allure of carnival rides, …


Sure-footed PetFest a big splash

If there were a people’s choice award at Saturday’s North West Air Dogs dock-jumping competition, it surely would go to Kip the border collie. The object is to get a …