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Superintendent slots full: Fair office moves to fairground


August 30, 2018 | View PDF

The Palouse Empire Fair office has moved its headquarters out to the fairground. As of this week, all fair operations will be handled from the fairground location instead of the county offices located in the Public Service Building in Colfax. This includes the selling of fair admittance and carnival passes.

The fair office will be open this week from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and expects to extend its hours to 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. next week for the run of the fair. Wristband passes which allow entry for the week of the fair are $17 for adults and $7 for children kindergarten age to 12th grade. Pre-school age and younger are free. All-you-can-ride carnival day passes are $20 until Sept. 5, when they become full price, $25.

Janel Goebel, fair manager, reported to the fair board Monday with the news that all barn superintendent positions have been filled. The 4H building was the last without and that position was filled Monday morning. A new superintendent position was created this year as well, with Dave Hopkins taking up the task of Youth Ag Pavilion superintendent.

“The volunteers out there are incredible,” Goebel told the Gazette of all the people working to prepare for next week’s show. There is still a need for volunteers for the still-life building.

Another change at the fair will be Wi-Fi passes can be purchased at the fair office for $5 per device and are good for seven days. Goebel noted the fair has beefed-up the wi-fi system for this year as well.

Goebel reported that animal entries are up for next week’s fair, with the beef barn “bustin’ at the seams.” Beef superintendents had to reconfigure the barn to fit all the entries. Market goats have also made a significant increase over previous years.

Two of the fair royalty candidates were at the fair board meeting to introduce themselves, along with Bailey Wiedmer, who is serving her first year as royalty program coordinator. The Palouse Empire Fair Scholarship Program is scheduled for Fri., Sept. 7, at 6 p.m. in the events center with the winner to be crowned Miss Palouse Empire Fair.


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