Fair time in Colville!

Fair lasts August 25-28
Summer wouldn’t be the same without the Northeast Washington Fair, and now it’s finally here.

This year’s theme “Barn to be Wild,” promises visitors a good time with county critters. The fun starts on Thursday at the Northeast Washington Fairgrounds. The gates open to the general public starting at 9 a.m.

Thursday, as always, is sponsored by Boise Cascade. The first 2,000 people get in free. After that entry is only $1.

This year, Sunday is sponsored by Country Chevrolet. The first 300 guests get in for free.

Otherwise, daily tickets for adults (18 and over) cost $7 and seven to 17 year-olds and seniors (60 and over) cost $5. Children under six get in free.

According to Northeast Washington Fairgrounds Manager Lori Matlock, there are many reasons to attend the fair this weekend.

Every day Kiwanis is serving breakfast to youth exhibitors starting at 6 a.m.

Thursday features activities on Spencer Stage, from performing arts auditions at 8 a.m., to grand opening ceremonies at 6 p.m. and Fire Creek Dance performances from 8-9:30 p.m.

“The performing arts has got to be one of the finest in the state, running all four days, with some incredible talent,” Matlock noted.

Fair visitors are encouraged to check out the Lad and Ladies Lead in the sheep barn Thursday at 5 p.m.

Appropriately, the fiber arts once again has their own barn across from the sheep. Another must see.

The adult barn has one of the largest assisted living displays in the area, and by far the largest the Northeast Washington Fair has ever had, according to Matlock.

There is a lot to see in the youth barn as well. Matlock advises fair-goers not to rush through.

“The dog barn, well you just have to see it to believe it,” said Matlock. “The kids have let their artistic side loose.”

The beef barn will have a display of barbwire and brands from all over the tricounty area.

Matlock invites guests to wander through the food courts until they find the pig barn. This year, Hunter LeCaire has taken up the reins, or show stick, and has come up with fun additions to the barn.

The zoo barn offers the most variety of animals all in one place: from bunnies, to fish, to goats and much more.

“The dairy barn is always a great place to hang out,” added Matlock. “Those cows are like pets.”

The Stevens County Stompers take Center Stage at noon and 4 p.m. on Friday.

Swing dance lessons are being offered in the pig barn at 7 p.m. Just in time for the dance at center stage which starts at 9 p.m.

On Saturday, the parade marches through downtown at 10 a.m. Fair line-up will be at the Colville Swimming Pool parking lot at Yep Kanum Park.

This year’s Parade Marshals — in honor and memory of Jono Esvelt and all that he did for the FFA, the Fish Hatchery and all of the youth of the area — are Lane, Jack (Jono’s father) and Gary Esvelt.

“We are proud to have Jono’s family as our parade marshals for the 2016 fFair parade this year,” said Matlock.

A church service will be offered Sunday at 8:30 a.m. at Spencer stage. The Parade of Champions will march through the main arena at 10 a.m.

To see the full schedule and list of events, view the online fair book at: http://www.co.stevens.wa.us/ne_wa_fair/new_fair_home_page.htm.

“See you there,” said Matlock.