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Fair marks gate gains after run of four-days


September 13, 2018 | View PDF

The Palouse Empire fair Monday tallied up an increase at the gate after four days of run in solid fair weather. The tally at the gate, including wristbands and other advance sales totaled $65,116 this year compared to $63,687 last year.

Those numbers numbers equate to 13,622 paid attendees this year compared to 13,277 last year, according to Fair Manager Janel Goebel.

The fair has yet to determine a payout for premium points which will be paid to fair exhibitors. The fair will compute the total number of points awarded and plug that into the remaining prize fund alloted by the state fair commission.

The allotment this year totaled $34,987, but the cost of ribbons, special awards and trophies also comes out of that fund.

Mary Davidson, proprietor of Dusty Attic in Colfax was named superintendent of the year for volunteering to head the 4H building and getting it into operation with 10 days notice. Steve Larkin of Colfax was named volunteer of the year for using some of his vacation time and off duty hours to get the fair launched and running.

One new segment for the fair this year was opening extra space to meet the increased demand for RV parking. A segment of pasture was mowed and marked at the point, where the fair cutoff road meets the Endicott road at the north end, and seven self-contained RVs parked there for the duration.

Colton’s Jordyn Moehrle won the Miss Palouse Empire Fair title at Friday night’s scholarship competition. She received a $1,000 scholarship for the top award.

The daughter of Jim and Jody Moehrle of Colton, she played a saxophone solo for her talent part of the competition.

Logan Reed of Oakesdale was named first runner-up, and Elizabeth Harwood of Colfax was named second runner-up.

Saturday, Perry Imler of Colfax won the Ernie Dippel trophy for winning the round robin competition for the eight FFA and 4H winners in fitting and showing in the fair’s four market stock classes. Imler was the FFA fitting and showing winner for the beef barn.

Cole Hennigar of Colton and Sydney Berquist of LaCrosse tied for reserve honors. Hennigar was the FFA fitting and showing winner for hogs, and Berquist was the FFA winner for sheep.

Cotton Booker of Colfax, who assisted his dad, Butch Booker, with the livestock auction, received the Jane Lyman award for volunteer work at the sale.

Oakesdale senior Meaghan Belland was crowned Miss Palouse Empire Rodeo during Sunday afternoon’s rodeo session. She succeeds Aliya Dunlap of Pullman who served as rodeo queen this year. Dunlap was thrown from her horse during the Sunday rodeo session when her horse was spooked after a strap broke on one of her riding chaps.


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