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Stories tagged: Spokane County Interstate Fair


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 17, 2019, 11:23 a.m.

Fair attendance breaks record and tops 200,000 for second straight year

The Spokane County Interstate Fair broke records again, surpassing 200,000 ticket sales for the second time in as many years.


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 17, 2019, 4:37 p.m.

Comfort dog makes some service-dog handlers uncomfortable

A comfort dog named Marie has received more than 2,000 hours of training and is just shy of a month on the job, but complaints of its aggressive behavior at …


UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 16, 2019, 12:11 p.m.

For little kids, Mutton Bustin’ offers chance at wool riding glory

Mutton Bustin’ may not be bull riding, but that clearly didn’t matterto the roaring crowds and child contestants hoping for a chance at sheep riding glory at the Spokane County …


UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 14, 2019, 7:03 p.m.

Tiny goat, big reward: Hauser teen excels in animal showings at Spokane County Interstate Fair

Kira Bates, 19, has raised a lot of animals. One of her favorites is a 6-month-old Nigerian dwarf goat named Koala Bear. “I’ve had champions before, but they were ones …


High divers at Spokane County Interstate Fair have a healthy dose of respect for their daredevil routine

The high divers of the Sinbad the Pirate High Dive Show, which is at the fair this week, have a healthy dose of respect for the dangerousness that underlies their …


UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 11, 2019, 11:10 p.m.

Foreigner rocks Spokane County Fair even without co-founder Mick Jones

Classic rock filled the night Wednesday. But the only remaining original member of Foreigner sat out the Spokane County Interstate Fair.


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 10, 2019, 10:12 p.m.

Toned-down day at the Spokane County fair has appeal

It was notably quiet at the Spokane County Interstate Fair on Tuesday, and that wasn’t an accident. It was the fair’s first sensory day: a day devoted to turning down …


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 10, 2019, 7:56 p.m.

Foreigner to make first appearance at the Spokane County fair

When Foreigner takes the Grandstand stage at the Spokane County Interstate Fair on Wednesday, it will feel like the first time. Which is appropriate, considering that it will be the …


Antique gas and steam engines at fair kept in good condition, for a purpose

Eastern Washington’s rich farming heritage can still be found on display at Spokane County Interstate Fair.


UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 9, 2019, 6:43 a.m.

Rob Curley: New things at Spokane County Interstate Fair include inside look at The S-R

For the second year in a row, The Spokesman-Review’s popular Northwest Passages book club and community forum series is hosting a stage at the fair. Only this time, they gave …


‘I started my own herd’: Kids have a good time raising livestock, hard time finding buyers at Spokane fair

Spokane-area kids don’t lack enthusiasm for raising livestock but interest in their product is flagging at Spokane’s fair, where beef auction prices are lower than at other regional fairs. And …


Spokane County Fair features fun for young and young at heart

The fair opens Friday and continues through Sept. 15 at the Spokane County Fair and Expo Center in Spokane Valley.


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 6, 2019, 9:04 a.m.

At the Spokane fair, Shenandoah’s Marty Raybon: ‘We don’t have a fan club – we have a friends club’

Shenandoah, whose current lineup is Marty Raybon, Mike McGuire, Travis Mobley, Brad Benge, Jamie Michael and Donnie Allen, is headlining the 2019 Spokane County Interstate Fair in Spokane Valley on …


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 27, 2019, 8:47 p.m.

Spokane fair won’t add metal detectors, bag searches, as state fair will do

The Puyallup Herald reported Tuesday that the state fair, which about 1 million people attend over 20 days, will have metal detectors and mandatory bag checks for the first time …


UPDATED: Sat., Aug. 24, 2019, 6:55 p.m.

51st state supporters reserve booth at Spokane County Interstate Fair, draw scrutiny

Shea’s former legislative aide, Rene’ Holaday, said in a Wednesday episode of her “Liberty State Radio” podcast that volunteers have begun collecting petition signatures and handing out flyers at fairs …


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.