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Make Tracks To County Fair

62nd annual event starts Aug. 24

Residents from every corner of Klickitat County will be making tracks to the county fair in Goldendale next week.

The 62nd annual get-together at the county fairgrounds officially kicks off next Thursday morning, Aug. 25, and winds up next Sunday evening, Aug. 28.

This year's event will feature the usual fair fare--exhibits, barbecues, livestock shows and live entertainment--plus two sessions of NPRA-sanctioned rodeo action in the Bill Conboy Arena.

Daily passes to the fair are $6 per day or $12 per season for adults; $5 and $10 for seniors (age 62 and over); and $4 and $8 for juniors (ages 6-12). Children 5 and under get in free when accompanied by an adult.

Here's a quick preview of what's in store for fair-goers.

Wednesday, Aug. 24

Fairgrounds Hours: 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.

8 a.m., Horsemanship Classes, Conboy Arena.

9:30 a.m., Judging begins in Still Life Exhibits Building; closed to public during judging.

6 p.m., Fair and Rodeo Queen horsemanship tryouts, Conboy Arena.

7 p.m., Fair and Rodeo Queen public speaking tryouts, Reno's Stage, Fairgrounds Midway.

Thursday, Aug. 25

Fairgrounds Hours: 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.

8 a.m., Still Life Exhibits Building opens; Horsemanship Classes, Conboy Arena; Market Goat judging, Indoor Arena.

8:30 a.m., 4-H and FFA Market Swine judging, Indoor Arena, and Market Lamb judging, Outdoor Arena.

9 a.m., Miniature Horse Classes, arena between Horse Barns.

9:30 a.m., Dairy Goat judging, Indoor Arena.

10 a.m., 4-H and FFA Market Steer judging, Outdoor Arena.

11 a.m., Grounds Entertainment, Fairgrounds Midway: Old-Time Fiddlers, 11 a.m., and Sandi Peterson, 4:30 p.m., small stage.

4 p.m., Western Games, starting with barrels, Conboy Arena.

5 p.m., County Products Kickoff Barbecue, Fairgrounds Midway.

6:30 p.m., Cowboy Auction, Indoor Arena.

Friday, Aug. 26

Fairgrounds Hours: 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.

8 a.m., Still Life Exhibits Building opens; Horsemanship Classes, Conboy Arena.

8:30 a.m., Dairy Goat Showmanship, Indoor Arena.

9 a.m., Sheep Showmanship, Outdoor Arena; Swine Showmanship, Indoor Arena; Beef Showmanship, Outdoor Arena; Rabbit and Poultry Showmanship, Small Animal Barn; Miniature Horse Classes, arena between Horse Barns.

11 a.m., Grounds Entertainment, Fairgrounds Midway: Magic with Kevin, 11 a.m. and 6 p.m., small stage; Rhinestone Ropers, 11:45 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., large stage; The Desert Harem Dance Co., 1 p.m., large stage; Hypnosis with Kevin, 3 p.m., large stage; Poker Face, 7 p.m., large stage.

Noon, 4-H and FFA Dairy Cattle judging, Outdoor Arena.

1 p.m., All-Around Showmanship Contest (Beef and Dairy Cattle, Dairy and Meat Goats, Sheep, Swine and Horses), Outdoor Arena.

3 p.m., Team Penning and Branding, Conboy Arena.

Saturday, Aug. 27

Fairgrounds Hours: 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.

8 a.m., Still Life Exhibits Building opens; Goat Milking Contest, Indoor Arena.

8:30 a.m., County Team Roping, Conboy Arena.

10 a.m., Downtown Parade. Grand Marshals: Keith and Marguerite Kayser of Centerville.

11 a.m., Grounds Entertainment, Fairgrounds Midway: Magic with Kevin, 11 a.m. and 5 p.m., small stage; Rhinestone Ropers, noon and 3 p.m., large stage; Watermelon Eating Contest, 4 p.m., midway; Hypnosis with Kevin, 3 p.m., large stage; Phoenix, 7 p.m., large stage.

11:30 a.m., Goat Calling Contest, Indoor Arena.

11:45 a.m., Parade of Champions, Conboy Arena.

12:30 p.m., NPRA Rodeo, Conboy Arena.

3:30 p.m., Market Stock Sale, Indoor Arena.

4 p.m., FFA Barbecue, Fairgrounds Midway.

7 p.m., Ranch Cutting Contest, Conboy Arena.

8 p.m., Team Penning and Branding Finals, Conboy Arena.

Sunday, Aug. 28

Fairgrounds Hours: 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.

9 a.m., Still Life Exhibits Building opens.

10:30 a.m., Grounds Entertainment, Fairgrounds Midway: Grace Brethren Church Choir, 10 a.m., large stage; Magic with Kevin, noon and 2 p.m., small stage; Touch of Class Dancers, 3 p.m., large stage.

12:15 p.m., Livestock Parade, Conboy Arena.

1 p.m., NPRA Rodeo, Conboy Arena.

3 p.m., Ranch Sorting Finals, Conboy Arena.

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