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Tuesday, October 15, 2019  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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Spokane Interstate Fair family fun roundup

From racing pigs to carnival rides to mutton busting, the Spokane Interstate Fair packs in the fun. (File photos)
From racing pigs to carnival rides to mutton busting, the Spokane Interstate Fair packs in the fun. (File photos)

The 2015 Spokane County Interstate Fair opens today for its 10-day run.

“There’s so many different things to do,” said Rich Hartzell, director of the Spokane County Fair and Expo Center, listing animals, a petting farm, rides, pig races, mutton busting and commercial exhibits.

“It is so diverse and so family-oriented,” he said.

The truck and tractor pull is back this year after a several year absence, Hartzell said. It’ll be at 7 p.m. Sept. 18; tickets are $5-$8, on top of gate admission.

“Knowing that Spokane is quite a motor sport town, we decided that this would be quite appealing,” he said. “There will be earplugs available; it does get a little loud.”

The carnival will have a couple of new rides, including Rock Star, set up just inside the main gate. “It swings you back and forth at a high rate of speed and almost takes you full circle,” Hartzell said.

His best tip for families: “Come early in the day. You’ll be able to get in quicker and get right to the gates.”

A new left turn signal for people traveling west on Broadway Avenue will make it easier to turn onto Havana Street and get to the fairgrounds, Hartzell said.

And those who are headed to the petting farm or the KiddyLand Carnival may want park in the south parking lot and enter through the south ticket gate – right next to those areas, he said.

With so much to see, Hartzell, said, “I don’t know that you can take in everything in one day.”

Kimberly Lusk

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