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By Max Erikson

County Fair is back with fun for all


August 23, 2017

The Klickitat County Fair and Rodeo kicks off Aug. 24 and runs through Aug. 27 at the fairgrounds, with farmers, cowboys, and riders from the Northwest Professional Rodeo Association (NPRA) coming to compete in a wide variety of events and activities.

There will be entertainment for all ages including up-and-coming country music artists James Wesley, Chance McKinny, and fan favorite Briana Renea, who is performing at the fair for the third year in a row. All acts will be performing on the Reno Stage and concerts are free with admission.

James Wesley, will kick things off Thursday night around 8:30 p.m.—after the cowboy auction—playing his top 40 hit songs “Real”, and “Didn’t I.” Plus other well-known songs “Thank a Farmer”, “Jackson Hole” and “Hooked up.” In 2011 Wesley was the opening act on part of Taylor Swift’s Speak Now World Tour.

Briana Renea, hailing from Canby, Oregon, will play Friday night at 8 p.m. showcasing her new album and hit single Chasin’ Trouble. Blending rock and country, her new bull-riding single, “Widow Maker,” was selected for use in the NPRA Finals commercial.

Renea personally knows the bull riding culture as she earned the title Reserve Champion, Region 6 Non-Pro Rider, in the Western States Stock Horse Association.

Making his second appearance at the fair is Chance McKinney who will finish out the music for the fair Saturday night at 8 p.m. McKinney found success when he won Country Music Television’s (CMT) Music City Madness competition for unsigned artist by receiving over one million votes from fans.

McKinny was a high school math teacher in the Seattle area when his single “Be Real” launched his success in the CMT competition. He has since toured with some of Country Music’s biggest names including Blake Shelton and Toby Keith.

McKinney plays “industrialized country.” A blend of country music, ’90s rock, ’60s Motown and Heavy Metal.

Local group Jimmy, Jimmy and Mary Jo will play a set during the Country Products Kickoff Barbeque at 5 p.m. Aug. 24 playing music from the 1930s to the 1950s.

Freestyle motocross stunt team Brigade FMX will wow the crowds with extreme motorcycle stunts and high-flying acrobatic tricks. Brigade FMX will be performing three shows a day starting at 2 p.m. on Thursday and are scheduled for 4:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. shows Friday and Saturday, and at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Sunday.

Comedian Joe Stoddard with be performing throughout the weekend with his off-beat music and comedy act from the Reno stage and will also mingle with the crowd, performing a ventriloquist bit with Manfred the talking horse.

Bouncy houses provided by Fun Jumpers will be free for kids with fair admission but fees will be charged for other fun activities such as Laser Tag, and two large Soccer and Hamster balls kids can run and play in.

One bouncy house will be used as a waterslide so it is advisable to bring a change of clothes for kids who want to get wet.

A riding mechanical bull provided by Ziesken Entertainment will give young and old alike a chance to get into the spirit of the rodeo by testing their bull-riding acumen.

Saturday at 10 a.m. the fair parade will start its march from Goldendale Primary School to Main Street, travelling down Schuster Street onto Simcoe Drive, turning north on Columbus and turn west on Main Street disbanding at Columbia Bank.

Horses and other Rodeo participants will continue to the fairgrounds. Participants who plan to ride horses must have a person available to clean up any messes the horse may leave behind.

Line up for the parade will begin at 8 a.m. and judging will start at 9 a.m. for regular entries and 9:30 for horse entries.

There is a suggested donation of $5 to enter the parade and is open to anyone who wants to join. Collins Street is the only access to the parade line up and people are encouraged to have their completed entry form in by 3 p.m. Aug. 25, but entries will still be taken the day of.

Also on Saturday at 3 p.m., Touch of Class Dance and Gymnastics & Cheer Studio will have a fun performance and dance competition for children. They will also take the stage at 3 p.m. Sunday giving a variety of hip hop, gymnastics and jazzy dance moves.

On Sunday morning Grace Brethren Church will hold a church service on the Reno Stage from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. and entertainment activities will conclude Sunday afternoon after 4 p.m.

For a full list of dates and times for rodeo events, refer to the 2017 Harvest section in this issue of The Sentinel.


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