(BY BRANDON HANSEN/Chewelah Independent)
An Independent look at one of the best town gatherings out there…
A fair is a true celebration of rural life, complete with animals, exhibits and even a cake or pie walk. The Town of Valley puts on one of the best small-town fairs, and has been doing so for the past 85 years in southern Stevens County.
This year’s Valley Fair begins on Aug. 10 and will hit full stride on Aug. 11 with livestock, entertainment, good eats, vendors, games for kids, bingo, a cake walk and much more. So why should you head to it? Here are some reasons you should make the Valley Fair a must-see in 2018.
THE PARKING IS FANTASTIC
Listen, Valley isn’t exactly what you would call a “big town,” but they still have organized parking by the event. Or, if you’re really motivated, you can just park somewhere in town. While things might get a little crowded when the parade happens on Saturday, we’re pretty sure you could just drive your rig in the parade and they’d let you. Just make sure you clean your wheels first.
YOU CAN PRETEND TO KNOW THINGS ABOUT ANIMALS
Even though I grew up in Stevens County and even drove tractor, I’ll be the first one to admit I don’t know the first thing about cows, and horses terrify me (horses during the Chataqua Parade were my nightmare). The Valley Fair affords me the opportunity to look at animals like cats and go “oh nice breed you got there” and also has cows where I can stand by and feel even remotely rural.
I GET ALL MY WOOD KINDLING FROM BRADLEY’S TKD
The Chewelah-based martial arts studio performs at the Valley Fair every year. They have a national championship under their belt (TKD joke) and break a lot of boards. Considering that everybody needs kindling for their wood stoves, I’m suprised more people don’t follow the martial artists around and pick up the broken pieces.
THE DAIRYWOMEN’S ICE CREAM STAND
I already inhaled a half-a-cow’s worth of dairy at Chataqua. Now it’s time for round 2 of the Dairywomen’s ice cream stand. They say “scoop” on the menu like it’s going to be a little itty-bitty spoonful. Then you look in the back, and someone is sculpting the ice cream cone like a person would make pottery. Always go to this booth, unless you’re lactose intolerant, then find some medication for said intolerance and then go to the booth.
YOUR KID WONT BE BORED
It truly is a family event and there are lots of things for kids to do at the fair. From games to contests to bingo to just running around. Don’t forget the fun run on Saturday morning.
I DIDNT REALIZE PEOPLE TOOK DOGS SO SERIOUSLY
Did you know they have a dog competition at the Valley Fair? It’s only a matter of time before someone enters a pig into the dog competition like the movie “Babe.” It’s amazing how people train dogs, whereas the neighborhood dog bullies me into feeding him when I go out to the mailbox.
There’s also a dog named Sisco across the street who yells out that he’s watching me every time I step out of my car.
THEY LET YOU ENTER LEGOS INTO THE FAIR EXHIBITS
Usually nine-year olds enter their creations, but do you think they’d allow me to enter in my Star Destroyer or AT-AT from Star Wars? Is there an adult Lego division at the Valley Fair?
The exhibits are some of the best parts about the fair as you get to see people who can grow zucchini larger than my calves and vegetables bigger than my head. Speaking of which, why does everyone above the age of 60 live on zucchini?
WATCH PEOPLE SCRAMBLE FOR SHADE DURING THE PARADE
It’s amazing how many people can fit in the shade when they’re watching a parade. People swarm like bees in the shady spots at the Valley Fair.
Make sure you attend this year’s fair and they’re always looking for volunteers!