Dinner to showcase 2011 fair

Thursday's event will introduce royalty and unveil the entertainment for this year's Fair & Frontier Days.

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WALLA WALLA -- The Walla Walla County Fair Board will kick off the run-up to the 2011 Fair & Frontier Days with a showcase dinner Thursday at the fairgrounds community center.

The board will announce the fair theme, marshal and queen and princesses as well as the opening and main acts for the fair concert.

The evening in celebration of the upcoming fair includes a dinner catered by Graze, a silent auction and entertainment. More than 300 people attend the dinner each year.

Cory Hewitt, general manager of the Walla Walla County Fairgrounds, is in charge of organizing the event.

"It's a great meal ... it's a fun time, full of surprises and unlike anything you have see in Walla Walla," she said.

According to Hewitt, the country music band that will headline the concert has been labeled the "biggest thing to hit the country music market since Rascal Flats."

The proceeds from the silent auction go toward the fair royalty and Pavilion Preservation Foundation.

"Royalty use the funds to help with travel to parades and expenses as the goodwill ambassadors for Walla Walla. They travel about every weekend to promote the Walla Walla Valley and the fair to communities in three states. Pavilion Preservation Foundation will use the proceeds to continue the renovation on the historic Pavilion, now 105 years old," Hewitt said.

The Fair Board and staff will entertain the guests at the dinner with a skit with a railroad theme.

The fair will run from Aug. 31 to Sept. 4.

Tickets to the dinner are $30. For more information, go to www.wallawallafairgrounds.com or call 509-527-3247.

Joe Volpert can be reached at joevolpert@wwub.com.

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