(BRANDON HANSEN/Chewelah Independent)
THE BEST LITTLE FAIR YOU’VE EVER SEEN: From food to hooves, here is how you can enjoy the Valley Fair this weekend in Stevens County…
If one would like to point out Stevens County Americana, the Valley Fair would have to be on the top of the list.
This Saturday will be the 87th year of the Valley Community Fair at the Valley Fairgrounds and Valley Grange. Everybody seems to come together for this special day, which is scheduled for August 10 from 9 .am. to 5 p.m.
It’s usually hot out, but people don’t mind as there are animals, a parade, great food, local music and even a game or two to partake in. Here are some helpful tips on how you can enjoy the Valley Fair and what you should expect this weekend.
EXPECT ALL ANIMALS OF HOOVES AND FEATHERS
If you love animals, this is the place to be. There will be livestock judging, horse trail classes, dog agility demonstrations and even a cat or two. The Valley Fair has also been known to have a kissing camel. When it comes to farm, this fair is more country than a Tim McGraw song.
MAKE SURE YOU GET AT LEAST FIVE ICE CREAM CONES
When you tell someone about the Dairy Women ice cream stand that is at Chataqua and the Valley Fair and they give you a weird look, the proper response is “Did I stutter? Go to the Dairy Women ice cream stand and get ice cream.”
It’s a must. Not only is it for a great cause, the ice cream is delish, gets dished out in large quantities and is very affordable. Try going to Coldstone and getting the same amount of ice cream. You’ll be taking out a second mortgage.
WITH THAT SAID, ALSO SUPPORT THE BOY SCOUTS
Sadly, the Fire Burger doesn’t make an appearance at the Valley Fair, but the Valley Boy Scout Troop 989 puts together a concession stand that serves burgers and more. I usually consume about eight menu items and can be seen sitting at one of the picnic tables in front of Center Stage trying to nap off the calories.
ENTER YOUR CAT IN THE CAT COSTUME CONTEST
Yes, the Valley Fair has a cat costume contest according to their Fair Books. I hope we get a bunch of entries so I can see a cat dressed like Dr. Evil. Heck if we get a cat dressed up like President Donald Trump, I’ll be posting that photo on every social media platform with the goal of breaking the internet.
YOU’RE GOING TO HAVE TO WAKE UP EARLY FOR THE FUN RUN
The Valley Fair Fun Run begins at 7:30 a.m. this Saturday and is a great little run since the rural county roads are less traveled and fairly stress-free. It’s a relaxing, fun run and it’s not like you’ll be going up against Usain Bolt. Plus the scenic Colville Valley is always awesome to enjoy.
WANT TO RUIN FRIENDSHIPS? PARTICIPATE IN BINGO
Nothing brings out the burning anger of a thousand suns than being so close to a BINGO and having your friend yell that cursed word. The Valley Fair will have BINGO on Friday night at 6 p.m. Bring lots of friends so you can rub in your big victory. It only costs 25 cents a card, so it’s very affordable.
BRING YOUR KIDS
Between showing them farm animals, checking out all the exhibits and enjoying family-friendly fun, why wouldn’t you take your kids to the Fair? There will be arts and crafts and kiddie bingo at the fair this year inside the Grange Building and carnival games on the outside along with face painting. There is also a coloring contest for kids ages 2-10 years old. Sadly, the adult division was axed because nobody could stay between the lines.
SCREW THE DIET, PERFORM IN THE CAKE WALK
Get a cake! For only 50 cents a round you can participate in the Cake Walk beginning at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday. What is more American than walking around chairs hoping to win that sweet, sweet cake?
ENJOY ALL THE EXHIBITS
From mammoth-sized veggies to knitting projects and even legos or photography, there is something for everyone to check out. If you see an Independent newspaper editor trying to steal one of the Lego exhibits, do not stop him.
CHECK OUT ALL THE FIRST RESPONDERS
The Valley Fair Training Center will have first responders on-hand so people can check out all the cool vehicles, including a SWAT “Bear” vehicle.
There will be a car extrication demonstration, a visit from Chewelah and Stevens County K9 units as well as Life Flight. They’ll be at the Valley Fire Training Center from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Valley Fair organizers… is it too late for the Chewelah Independent to judge the pies in your pie contest? This is a must to let journalists get the real scoop on the most important things in the community, like how good everyone’s pie is.
(Also have you ever told anyone their pie is gross? No of course not, because pie is delicious.)
ENJOY THE PARADE
The Valley Fair has a cool feature in that you have to walk like a block from the fairgrounds to watch the parade. There also seems to be a wide variety of vehicles, groups and livestock along with a tractor or two in the Valley Fair Parade.
The Parade begins at noon, but show up at 11:30 a.m. to get the lone stretch of shade along the Valley Post Office building. By 11:50 it’s like “Lord of the Flies” as everyone tries to find a spot in the shade.
The Valley Fair is one of the best events of the year, and even if you’re not from Valley its an absolute hoot for those from Chewelah, Colville, Addy, Arden, Springdale, Deer Park and everywhere in between.