She's almost here ... our fair lady

In 2005, horses and riders warm up in the glow of a sunset in the small arena at the Walla Walla County Fairgrounds during the Walla Walla County Fair & Frontier Days.

In 2005, horses and riders warm up in the glow of a sunset in the small arena at the Walla Walla County Fairgrounds during the Walla Walla County Fair & Frontier Days. Photo by Jeff Horner.

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She’s the oldest one in the state, yet somehow her timeless nature makes us feel young at heart.

Whether 4 years old or 85, we brave the heat, dust and waning days of summer — the endless cycle

toward school, football, volleyball and approaching fall — in our futile efforts to court this grand old dame.

We wine and dine her along the food court row. Applaud her performance from the grandstands or the hay bales of festival seating. Cheer her on while cowboys test their skills in the tilled dirt of the rodeo arena.

We sing with her, laugh and dance in denim and dress at each new concert while the sweet, warm smell of post-harvest still hangs in the air.

She steals our hearts every year.

For a 150-year-old, that’s quite an accomplishment.

Charming.

The Walla Walla Fair & Frontier Days — amazing that something so long in years just never grows old

The fair officially kicks off Wednesday.

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