Long before the gates opened Friday morning at the Spokane County Interstate Fair, there were plenty of attractions.
In the Steam and Gas area near the south entrance, Hugh Grim tended to his windmill. Twenty feet away, Jim Lunneborg fiddled with a tiny 97-year-old engine.
Many decades ago, both were standard equipment on nearly every farm and ranch in Eastern Washington. They drew water and powered the machinery that helped feed the region.
Now they’re consigned to the fringes of an event they helped to create. After the gates opened, most fairgoers ambled past the machines and toward the cotton candy sellers in the middle of the fairgrounds.