(By Brandon Hansen/Chewelah Independent)
CenterStage will be full for 85th year of the Valley Fair…
What would the summer be without the Valley Fair?
The Valley Fair will be celebrating 85 years of existence this weekend and has a full slate of CenterStage entertainment for you to enjoy.
The fair, held every second weekend in August, is hard to miss in downtown Valley.
Centerstage entertainment in the middle of the Valley Fair will kick off at 9 a.m. on Saturday. Paideia High School music teacher Brian McDougal with wife and piano teacher Hannah will be performing a good mix of music and some classical tunes could find themselves in the early act.
At 10 a.m., Four His Glory will perform. It’s a group of four churchgoers from the Valley Bible Church including pastor George Dungan, Nancy Giessen on drums, Robin Znetko and Tom McClain on the piano.
Then everyone’s favorite Taekwondo demo team takes the stage at 11 a.m. With national tournament experience under their belts, Bradley’s Taekwondo will showcase their skills in traditional forms, board-breaking, weapon skills and much more. If you need some kindling for the fireplace, these would be your go-to guys and gals!
Next up is the always popular Valley Fair Parade which will snake through downtown Valley at noon. Make sure you arrive early to get a shaded spot and watch all the rigs, floats and people come by.
There will be a Fruit of the Season Pie Contest at 12:45. The pie contest is a “Bake Off”-type contest to see who can make the best pie.The Chewelah Distinguished Young Women are the judges this year.
Returning to the fair is local Chewelah band “Checkmate Reality” which was started last year by a group of Jenkins Junior/Senior High School students. They will bring a mix of Jazz and Rock to the park and will perform at noon on Friday.
Checkmate Reality includes Rachael Larsen, Emma Larsen, Robert Hensz, Juston Hyden and Tim Estes. So far this year the group has played in both Kettle Falls, Cashmere and at Chewelah’s Chataqua. Their founding keyboard player returned to Germany after his exchange student year, so this summer Checkmate Reality has both male and female vocals, guitar, bass and violin in their repertoire.
Rachael plays the violin and tenor sax, Emma does the lead vocals; Robert plays bass guitar and also does vocals while Juston does guitar and vocals. Tim anchors things as the drummer.
They write their own songs and also perform a wide variety of covers.
During their early 1 p.m. performance, Checkmate Reality will be hosting an “Open Mic” for anyone to come up and perform thanks to the efforts of Lori Larson on the PA system.
At 1:50 p.m. there will be an Apple Pie Auction and announcements.
Ten minutes later, John Knutsen, Brian McDougal and Tom McLain will perform separately for an hour. McDougal will bring a mixture of music to the stage while Knutsen will perform country music and McClain will play music on both the guitar and piano.
At 3 p.m., Chewelah Fire Chief David DeVeau, along with wife Rey will perform an assortment of country. DeVeau is fresh off performances at Taste of Chewelah and at Quartzite Brewing Company.
At 4 p.m., Checkmate Reality will be performing for an hour before the ticket drawing occurs at 5 p.m.
Performances are subject to change, and rumor has it Mama’s co-owner Craig McQuain may also make an appearance at the fair with his guitar, but no official confirmation has been made by the newspaper.
During the Valley Fair there will also be a 3-on-3 basketball tournament, cake walk, bingo, animal showings in the animal barn and plenty of exhibits to look at as well. Check Page 2 for a full list of events at the Valley Fair.