It is Fair week.
Everybody who has spent any time in the Walla Walla Valley know what that means — the biggest community festival of the year is here. Going to the Walla Walla Fair & Frontier Days is an opportunity to have some fun and visit with folks you might not have seen for awhile (such as at last year’s fair).
The Fair also has three of the year’s most anticipated events over five days.
The Fair is the oldest in the state of Washington, starting even before Washington became a state. This is the fair’s 147th edition, although the seeds for the Fair were planted in 1863.
The kickoff concert is on Wednesday night, the day the fair opens. This year’s show features county music performers Craig Morgan and Gloriana. Morgan has had 14 top-10 hits over the span of a decade.
Gloriana, a three-person band, will open for Morgan. The band has opened for top country performers, including Brooks & Dunn, and its album released in July, A Thousand Miles Left Behind, debuted in Billboard’s No. 2 spot on the country chart.
On Thursday the always popular — and always sold out — demolition derby takes place at the Fairgrounds.
Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights feature professional rodeo. The event features some of the best cowboys and cowgirls in the world.
The Fair’s roots date back to 1863 when a horse track was established north of town, according to the Fair website (wallawallafairgrounds.com or bit.ly/QUx2cp). The Fair went from horseracing to fair in 1866 Walla Walla Agricultural Society staged a large agricultural and industrial exposition
The fair has had a variety of name over the past century and a half.
But whatever the name, the event is — and always has been — just the Fair to Valley residents.