As of Friday, October 4, 2013
REPUBLIC Area residents will show their animals and show off their gardening, cooking, sewing and crafts skills during the annual Ferry County Fair on Aug. 30 to Sept. 1.
The event will be at the fairgrounds, 14 Lawson Way. Admission will be charged, with daily and three-day passes available.
Friday, Aug. 30, is Kids Day, with children up to age 17 admitted free.
Attendance last year was about 3,800 in a county with about 7,600 residents.
Free parking is available on a first-come, first-served basis outside the fair gates.
A free, handicapped-accessible shuttle will run from Republic High School, 30306 state Highway 20, for overflow parking from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, fair co-manager Sue Egner said.
Infield parking will be offered Friday through Sunday for a fee.
Fair goers can view a variety of exhibits – from animals to crafts, commercial exhibits, foods and more – and sample foods.
Dancers and musicians will perform, including T and Eddie for the Saturday evening dance and Karen Quest Cowgirl Tricks, Egner said.
The program includes professional relay teams and horse racing, horse games and a Friday night Bulls n’ Barrels event.
Saturday evening brings the 4-H Market Stock sale.
“The quality of these items and exhibits are as good as any found at a fair in the state,” Fair Board President Hazel Borders said.
On-site camping is available, but must be reserved and paid for in advance.
In general, except for service dogs and canines being shown, no dogs are allowed in the campground area or fairgrounds.
Serria Perryman, a student at Kettle Falls High School, will reign over the fair as queen. Perryman is an FFA and 4-H member.
Her princess is Becky Smoak, a Republic High School student. She competes in equestrian events.
Rules for entering the fair are in the exhibitor book, which is available in print and online. Curlew resident Kaidance Miller, age 8, created the fair book’s cover.
The fair also offers a vintage merry-go-round, the only carousel in North-Central Washington and one of just two in Eastern Washington.
It features two dozen horses, all of which are jumpers.
Fair entry is open to county residents, with no charge to exhibit. Awards and ribbons will be given, and some categories offer premium points for ribbon placing with cash awards and trophies.
The North Central Washington Fair was Aug. 23-25. The Okanogan County Fair will be Sept. 5-8.