The folks of Valley are gearing up for their 80th community fair on Saturday, Aug. 11. This long running fair continues to preserve an “old-fashioned” fair atmosphere, enhances community pride and spirit, provides a learning experience for the area youth, and promotes a lively interest in agriculture, livestock, and rural home life. To achieve those goals, they provide exhibitions, educational activities, and entertainment for Fairgoers.
On Friday, Aug. 10, the Exhibit Hall will open at 8 a.m. This is the time to bring in all of your crafted-homemade items. Educational Posters need to be turned in on Friday only. Apple pies for the Apple Pie Contest can be turned in on Friday before noon or Saturday before 1 p.m. The Exhibit Hall will close at noon (no late registrations will be accepted during judging of items). Judging will begin promptly at 12:30 p.m. Check the Valley Fair Book for information on how items need to be entered. All items will be on display at 7 a.m. Saturday morning. Reminder that each exhibitor will have their names entered into a drawing that will take place every half hour after the parade. Names will be announced at center stage. The exhibitor must be present to collect the prize-no exceptions. The Valley School Eighth Grade Class will also be sponsoring a car wash from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Friday night Bing is scheduled to start at 6 p.m. on Aug. 10 at the Valley Station Square covered area. Valley In Progress Committee will be selling goodies during Bingo. RV hook-ups available at Jayne Park.
Saturday morning, Aug. 11, will start out with the Sixth Annual Pancake Breakfast at the Catholic Church from 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Delivery of food is even made to the fairgrounds. All animals on fairgrounds must be in stalls and pens and horses in arena by 8 a.m. (or earlier) for preparation and vet check. Judging will start promptly at 9 a.m. Swine to start earlier at 8:30 a.m. Educational Posters must be brought in on Friday only.
Fun Run registration is at 7 a.m. and the run starts at 8 a.m. with a $5 registration fee for anyone under the age of 18 and $10 for adults. The parade will start at 1 p.m. again this year. Registration and line-up will start at 12 p.m. (noon). Our parade route has changed this year. Parade line up will be located at the Fire Training Center (3060 Third Ave.) in Valley, which is on the Northwest side of town. Parking will be available in the training center parking lot and unloading will occur in the Valley Bible Church parking lot. Local entertainment will be available on the parade wagon starting at noon. So come down early, get a good seat for the parade and enjoy the entertainment.
After the parade, we invite everyone down to the fairgrounds to enjoy a day of fun, food, and more entertainment. The annual Cake Walk (in the grange) and see the winners of the Apple Pie Baking Contest (pies will be auctioned on center stage). Special Livestock Events will take place in the Exhibit Barn. Teke Burgers (Pack 989), Ice Cream (Dairy Women), and Indian Tacos (Humane Society). The Valley Grange (1048) will be serving Hot and Coney dogs, lemonade and strawberry shortcake. Center Stage Entertainment will start at approximately 2 p.m. and the schedule will be posted on the fair grounds. Dog show will be located in the field behind the Exhibit Hall. Bingo will be in the Valley Station Square starting at 10 a.m. Parade and Special Award Winners will be posted in the Exhibit Hall and announced on Center Stage.
The Coloring Contest is sponsored by CMF Plumbing of Valley. All coloring pages need to be turned in to the office by 4 p.m. Saturday of the fair.
TICKET (A.K.A Button) Drawing will begin at 5 p.m. on the Center Stage. Tickets can be purchased in local businesses in Chewelah, Valley, Springdale, and on the fairgrounds up until the time of the drawing. Tickets sell for $1.00. $100.00 grand prize and many miscellaneous prizes too. Need not be present for cash prizes.
The Valley Fair Association would like to extend their gratitude to all the people who have helped prepare for this year’s fair. We sincerely hope that you all have a terrific and safe time down at the fair and we look forward to seeing you there.
For fair information, please call Theresa Carr 509-937-2635.
In This Photo: A girl enjoys a snow cone at the 2011 Valley Fair. Candy Kristovich photo