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Stories tagged: Spokane County Interstate Fair

Longtime marketing coordinator named fair director

After 14 years in marketing at the Spokane County Fair and Expo Center, Erin Gurtel has now risen to fair director.

Fair draws largest Spokane crowds in 15 years

The Spokane County Interstate Fair was a gate-busting success this year with ticket sales exceeding more than 200,000 for the first time in six years.

UPDATED: Sun., Sept. 16, 2018, 9:42 p.m.

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 …

Sweet deal: Spokane beekeepers offer info, honey at Interstate Fair

There are more than 300 members of the Inland Empire Beekeepers Association, which has maintained a booth at the Spokane County Interstate Fair for over 25 years.

UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 12, 2018, 10:59 p.m.

For Jeff Foxworthy, being a redneck is fun and games. Literally.

Live from the Spokane County Interstate Fair, it’s Jeff Foxworthy!

UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 12, 2018, 9:03 a.m.

What makes a tomato a grand champion? A Spokane County fair judge explains.

Take it from those who love it most: The Spokane County Interstate Fair will grow on you – much like the pumpkins in the Agriculture Building.

UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 11, 2018, 9:38 a.m.

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

The question smacks you in the nose when first you walk in: Which deep-fried thing will you be eating today?

Worlds at their fingertips, young architects get busy at the Spokane County Interstate Fair

The group participating in the 4-H Lego contest Sunday afternoon at the Spokane County Interstate Fair may have been small, but they were enthusiastic. Three girls plunged their hands into …

UPDATED: Sun., Sept. 9, 2018, 1:41 p.m.

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 …

UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 7, 2018, 8:11 p.m.

Youngest rodeoers at Spokane County Fair test their skills at mutton bustin’

As a crowd gathered in the stands around a small arena at the Spokane County Fair and Expo Center, 6-year-old Simeon Weins stepped into a chute, hopped onto a sheep …

‘Turnip’ the fun: Jeff Foxworthy, Old Dominion among headliners for Spokane County Interstate Fair

The Spokane County Interstate Fair’s grandstand stage will have a mostly country flair this year.

Fair food preview: Food on a stick and other fun eats at the Spokane County Interstate Fair

The Spokane County Interstate Fair is so close you can taste it. The corn dogs and turkey legs, elephant ears and funnel cakes, burgers, doughnuts, curly fries and such curiosities …

UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 29, 2018, 11:52 a.m.

Meet the Best Fair Food Contest judges

The Spokane County Interstate Fair is hosting its

UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 14, 2018, 9:56 p.m.

Senate approves extra $500,000 for fairs

Senate unanimously approves spending more state money on county and local fairs.

Nicole Wapp puts her own spin on art at the Spokane fair

At Nicole Wapp’s booth at the Spokane County Interstate Fair, anyone can be a painter without picking up a brush.

This Red is no bull: Prized steer nets Cheney high schooler big bucks at county fair

Red, a 1,225-pound shorthorn/red angus crossbreed, sold at auction Sunday evening for $3 a pound, scoring Daniel Ross a hefty payout of $3,675. The high school sophomore from Cheney boasted …

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: Fri., Sept. 8, 2017, 11:18 p.m.

Sea lions create a splash at the Spokane County Fair

It’s not unusual to see cute critters with whiskers at the Spokane County Interstate Fair, but it is unusual to see ones with flippers.

UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 8, 2017, 4:31 p.m.

Rob Curley: The fair isn’t about nostalgia, it’s about our community

Most of us remember our first visit to the county fair. We were little.

UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 7, 2017, 10:38 p.m.

Spokane County Interstate Fair: Tips and tricks for your visit

The county fair offers timeless fun for the whole community. Here’s what you need to know to plan your visit.

Fifth Harmony is having a moment – and coming to the Spokane County fair

The departure of Camila Cabello in December could have spelled disaster, but the now-foursome is riding high with a new album, a much-discussed performance on the MTV Video Music Awards, …

UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 31, 2017, 10:57 p.m.

Vending and trending: Food at the fair offers more than fried fare

Step off the scale and into those pants with the elastic waistband. Put on a roomy shirt and comfy shoes – it’s nearly time for the 10-day Spokane County Interstate …

Fair food fuels fundraising for local clubs, nonprofit organizations

It’s positively primeval this piece of meat, all salty and smokey and weighing in at more than 1 ½ pounds. The tendons – tough, fibrous, elongated – prove tricky to …

Fair food: Adriana Janovich samples the winners

This week marked my first visit to the Spokane Interstate Fair, which – over the weekend – held a Best Fair Food Contest. There were 38 entries, five judges and …

Spokane County Fair highlights for Sat., Sept. 10

Fair Highlights for Saturday, Sept. 10 10 a.m. - Exhibit buildings open with animal judging and an antique buzz saw demonstration.Noon - Pig races and “Best Food Contest.”12:30 p.m., 4:30 …

Fair games: Buskers play for a chance to entertain crowds

He’s standing on a piece of wood, balancing on a thick piece of PVC pipe, perched on top of a metal stool, juggling three knives. The crowd claps and Justin …

New fair additions include ‘Duck Dynasty’ stars, Spice Traders cookoff

The Spokane County Interstate Fair opened on Friday, bringing elephant ears, racing pigs and doughnut burgers to the masses. Residents are urged to “Duck into the Fair,” which runs until …

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.