Walla Walla Fair and Frontier Days kicks off

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Fairgoers gather among the food booths at the 2004 Walla Walla Fair and Frontier Days. U-B file photo

The 2009 Walla Walla Fair & Frontier Days kicks off at the Walla Walla County Fairgrounds at 7 a.m. Sept. 1 with rodeo slack action and ends at 7 p.m. Sept. 6 with a PRCA rodeo event.In between is a whole lot of activity. New events this year include the Guns & Hoses Wild West Tour, Blue Mountain Wildlife's Birds of Prey Display and the Inland Cellular Texting Contest.The First Guns & Hoses competition was held in 1992, pitting local law enforcement against local firefighters. Participants compete for a trophy and bragging rights.This year's event is one of bravery, stamina and balance -- mastering the mechanical bull. The elimination round will be at 3 p.m. Sept. 3 next to the Pepsi stage with the finals at 4:30 p.m. Sept. 4. Prior to his death, fair board member Tim Corfield worked to bring this event to the fair. The Tim Corfield Memorial Trophy will be awarded in his honor.Also new to the fair this year is the Blue Mountain Wildlife Birds of Prey Display. On Sept. 4-5, fairgoers can see these creatures up close and learn more about them.Blue Mountain Wildlife presents educational programs on birds of prey to schools and civic organizations to increase public awareness of raptors and their role in the environment. The purpose of the volunteer nonprofit organization is to aid orphaned, sick or injured wildlife, primarily birds of prey, and give them the treatment and care necessary to return them to their natural habitat.If birds and bucking bulls aren't your thing, try putting your thumbs to the test at the Inland Cellular Texting Contest. Each day of the fair from 4-5 p.m. contestants will be given a map and a phone number to which they will send texts. By following the map, they will find the messages they are to text to a central computer. Scores will be determined by time and accuracy. There will be daily prizes awarded, and the top three finishers will compete on Sept. 6 in the finals. The grand prize will be a new cell phone with service plan. Fair schedule Tuesday, Sept. 1 7 a.m.: Rodeo Slack in Arena Wednesday, Sept. 2 11 a.m.: Frontier Days officially opens (Free Gate until 3 p.m.); Davis Shows and Carnival opens; Kids Farm Center opens 7 p.m.: Wednesday night concert; Frontier Days royalty introductions 11 p.m.: Fair Closes for evening Thursday, Sept. 3 8 a.m.: Gates Open Livestock Judging 11 a.m.: Frontier Days officially opens; Davis Shows and Carnival opens; Kids Farm Center opens 1 p.m.: Pavilion Stage entertainment; Pepsi Stage entertainment 6 p.m.: Thursday Night Demolition Derby 11 p.m.: Fair Closes for evening Friday, Sept. 4 8 a.m.: Gates open; Livestock judging 11 a.m.: Frontier Days officially opens; Kids Farm Center opens; Davis Shows and Carnival opens 1 p.m.: Pavilion Stage entertainment; Pepsi Stage entertainment; lawn entertainment; pari mutuel horse racing 2 p.m.: Kids Day 7 p.m.: PRCA Approved Rodeo 11:59 p.m.: Fair Closes for evening Saturday, Sept. 5 6-9 a.m.: Cowboy Breakfast at VFW downtown 8 a.m.: Gates open 10 a.m.: Frontier Days downtown parade 11 a.m.: Frontier Days officially opens; Kids Farm Center opens; Davis Shows and Carnival opens 1 p.m.: Pavilion Stage entertainment; Pepsi Stage entertainment; lawn entertainment; pari mutuel horse racing 7 p.m.: PRCA Approved Rodeo 11:59 p.m.: Fair Closes for evening Sunday, Sept. 6 8 a.m.: Gates open 11 a.m.: Frontier Days officially opens; Kids Farm Center opens; Davis Shows and Carnival opens NOON: 4-H and FFA livestock sale 1 p.m.: Pavilion Stage entertainment; Pepsi Stage entertainment; lawn entertainment; pari mutuel horse racing 7 p.m.: PRCA Approved Rodeo 11 p.m.: Fair Closes for evening

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