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Patrons, participants take one last trip to fairgrounds as Spokane County Interstate Fair winds down

A novice blacksmith holds a thin steel bar over a bed of hot, refined coals. With heat and force, hammer, chisel and vise, the metal could be many things: rustic nails, decorative hair pins, a slithering toy snake for her son. Mallory Battista, a local graphic designer working a forge at the 2018 Spokane County Interstate Fair, said the color of the metal when exposed to high heat lets a smith know the temperature of the steel they’re working with. Red is ideal, and once a piece of metal begins to turn yellow, it could begin to melt or burn up, ruining the project.

Spokane chefs offer their take on the finer points of county fair food

Kaba, the executive chef at the Spokane Tribe’s new casino restaurant, joined two other Spokane chefs – Tony Brown of Ruins and Chad White of Zona Blanca – for a quick tour Monday of the food options at the Spokane County Interstate Fair. The trio produce some of the best dishes available in Spokane’s current foodie moment, but that doesn’t make them immune to the charms of the humble corn dog.

A century and more in the making, rodeo continues to thrill crowds – and push the limits of human endurance

Despite the physicality and talent needed for rodeo, and despite fact that rodeos play on the sports cable network ESPN, and despite the steel will needed to climb aboard an angry horse or bull, and despite the practice necessary to ride a charging horse while attempting to lasso a fleeing bovine, despite all that, some people question if rodeo is a sport. But no one wonders if it’s a spectacle.

Spokane Interstate Fair Rodeo

Most of the cowboys Friday night said they didn’t notice the crowd, that the competition between them and the livestock, and between the cowboys, was the only thing that concerned them.

Rob Curley: Come hang out with our newsroom at the fair

Our newsroom has now spent way more than “A Year in the Fields” as we’ve told the stories of the Washington farmer, and we want to talk with even more folks involved with our state’s agriculture scene. A county fair is a logical place to have those discussions.