Today marks the beginning of the 69th annual Klickitat County Fair and Rodeo, which runs from Aug. 23 until the evening of Sunday, Aug. 26. This year's theme is "Barn to Be Wild."
Admission fees for the 2012 fair and rodeo are $8 daily and $20 season for adults (ages 13-61); $6 daily and $12 season for seniors (62 and up) and $5 daily and $10 season for children (ages 6-12). Children under age 6 get in free when accompanied by an adult.
Parking for the event is free; gates open at 8 a.m. The Fairgrounds are located at 903 N. Fairgrounds Rd. in Goldendale.
Today's highlights include the Western Games at 4 p.m., the Kick Off Barbecue at 5 and a Cowboy Auction at 6:30.
Friday will feature an All-Around Showmanship contest for the champions in beef, dairy cattle, dairy goats, meat goats, sheep, swine and horse showmanship at 1 p.m. Team Penning and Branding Events will commence at 3 with the Western Game Awards occurring in between the two.
On Saturday, a parade will march through downtown Goldendale starting at 10 a.m. with parade participants assembling at the Goldendale Primary School one hour prior. Next comes the NPRA Rodeo at 12:30 p.m., the Market Stock Sale at 3 and the Team Penning and Branding Finals at 8.
Wrapping things up on Sunday will be the Rodeo Slack at 8 a.m., a Livestock Parade at 12:15 p.m. and the second day of the NPRA Rodeo at 1.
For more information, pick up a copy of the Klickitat County Fair and Rodeo Premium Book or visit the Web site at klickitatcountyfair.com