81st annual fair July 23-26

by: JEFF WILSON - The Jefferson County Fair Court, Queen Rachale Zuhlke, right, and Princess Shelby Brinkley, will ride in the fair parade on Saturday, July 19.The first event of the 81st annual Jefferson County Fair — the fair parade — will roll out Saturday, July 19, around Sahalee Park.

The parade, which starts at 10 a.m. at the park, and the fair, which opens its doors Wednesday, July 23, and runs through Saturday, July 26, will celebrate the 100th anniversary of Jefferson County with the theme "From Pioneer Days to Modern Ways."

The free fair, held at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds, opens to the public at 10 a.m. July 23, although a Veterans Breakfast will be held at 8 a.m., in the LaMonte Horney Picnic Pavilion, and opening ceremonies at 9:30 a.m. All buildings are open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. each day.

Thursday, July 24, will be Kids Day, with special events for youths throughout the day, including the Family Fun Night at 6 p.m. in the Corwin Arena, and the Talent Show at 6 p.m. on the Les Schwab main stage.

Friday, July 25, will be Senior Citizens' Day, and Saturday, July 25, Can Cancer Day, with a Buckaroo Breakfast from 8-10 a.m. in the picnic pavilion.

The NPRA Rodeo will be held both Friday and Saturday in the Frank Corwin Arena, beginning at 7 p.m.

This year, to mark the county's centennial, the Jefferson County Historical Society will sponsor daily tours of the homestead from 1-3 p.m., and the Jefferson County Players will perform historic skits.

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