By SVERRE BAKKE
Some things just get better with age.
That's what the Klickitat County Fair Board of Directors is hoping as it gets ready to throw open the gates to the fairgrounds in Goldendale for the 60th annual county fair and rodeo.
The four-day event officially gets under way Thursday morning and runs through Sunday evening. Price of admission is $6 daily/$12 season for adults (13-59), $4/$10 for seniors (60-over) and $4/$8 for youth (6-12). Children age 5 and under get in free when accompanied by an adult.
Thursday's program features showmanship contests, presentation and judging of market sale animals, western games in the Conboy Arena, live entertainment on the midway, the kickoff barbecue from 5-7 p.m., and a cowboy auction from 6:30-8 p.m.
Highlights on Friday include the All-Around Showmanship Contest at 1 p.m. and the preliminaries of the team penning and branding competitions at 3 p.m.
Saturday is the biggest day of the fair. Things get started at 8 a.m. with a goat-milking contest and the prelims of county team roping at 8:30 (finals will follow conclusion of prelims).
Attention turns at 10 a.m. to the fair parade, which commences at Goldendale High School and continues through the county seat's downtown area via S. Columbus Avenue.
Back at the fairgrounds, live entertainment takes the stage at 11 a.m. Forty-five minutes later, the arena grandstands will be jammed with spectators for the Parade of Champions, followed by day one of the Northwest Professional Rodeo Association-sanctioned rodeo at 12:30 p.m.
In between, at 12:15, presentation of the Grain Growers Award will take place.
The indoor riding arena will be the venue for the Market Stock Sale at 3:30. The Future Farmers of America will start serving a barbecue dinner a half hour later.
At 7, the evening shift begins with the finals of a first-year event: ranch sorting. Team penning and branding finals will follow at 8.
After three hectic days of activity, the fair winds down on Sunday. The program for the day comprises live entertainment at 10:30 a.m., the Livestock Parade around the arena at 12:15 p.m. and day two of the NPRA rodeo at 1.
The Enterprise has a limited number of fair programs for readers who'd like to see a complete rundown of events.
Just stop by the newspaper office at 220 E. Jewett, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Thursday or Friday, to pick one up.