There's a lot to see and do at the county fairs in our region. Besides rows of perfectly canned peaches and giant pumpkins, you can take in mule team pulling contests and dog agility competitions. Some of the best in country music bands will be on stage and cowboys will ride wild bulls in the arenas.
Visit the barns to see perfectly groomed steers and sheep, giant bunnies and funny chickens with feathery topknots.
Walk the grounds and you'll find people hawking everything from knives to cowboy hats to hot tubs. And of course, there's always the midway with games and whirling rides.
Of course, no county fair be complete without the food -- elephant ears, kabobs, baked potatoes piled high with toppings, root beer floats and cotton candy.
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Here's a list of upcoming regional fairs:
-- Umatilla County Fair continues Aug. 8-10 at 515 W. Orchard Ave., Hermiston, Ore. Information: www.co.umatilla.or.us/fair/index.html. Or call 541-567-8115.
-- Yakima Valley Fair & Rodeo is Aug. 7-10 at the fairgrounds, 812 Wallace Way in Grandview. Information: www.yvfair-rodeo.org or call 509-882-1197.
-- Grant County Fair is Aug. 13-17 at the fairgrounds, 3953 Airway Drive N.E., in Moses Lake. Information: www.gcfairgrounds.com or call 509-765-3581.
-- Benton Franklin Fair & Rodeo is Aug. 20-24 at 1500 S. Oak St., Kennewick. Information: http://bentonfranklinfair.com or call 509-222-3749.
-- Walla Walla County Fair is Aug. 28-Sept. 1 at the fairgrounds, 363 Orchard St., Walla Walla. Information: www.wallawallafairgrounds.com or call 509-527-3247, 509-527-3248 or 509-527-3249.
-- Wheat Land Communities Fair in Ritzville will be held Aug. 29-Sept. 1, at 811 E. Main Ave. Information, go to www.fair.goritzville.com/fair.php. Or call 509-659-1936.
-- Adams County Fair is Sept. 11-14 at 831 S. Reynolds Road, Othello. Information: www.adamscountyfair.org or call 509-488-2871.
-- Central Washington State Fair is Sept. 20-29 at the Yakima fairgrounds, 1301 S. Fair Ave., Yakima. Information: www.fairfun.com/fair or call 509-248-7160.
For a look at all the county fairs around Washington state, go to www.mrsc.org/subjects/econ/ed-fair.aspx. Or for fairs in Oregon, go to www.oregonstatefair.org and click on "about us."
-- Loretto J. Hulse: 582-1513; email@example.com