Opening Day At The Fairgrounds
As Kittitas County begins healing from the devastating Taylor Bridge Fire, the largest annual event in the county kicks off today- the Kittitas County Fair.
Because of the recent Taylor Bridge Fire - vendor Doug Ryder says it is more important than ever that the show goes on and he was a part of it.
"We really wanted to make sure that we were here and its important I think for the fair to be here to support the community and show our community pride," says Ryder.
Thousands fill the fairgrounds today, many with a smile on their face and a corndog in their hand.
Fairgoers say wouldn't miss the biggest event in the area-and want to be here to support the event, and more importantly, the Kittitas County Community. Drew Perry is a firefighter who battled the Taylor Bridge flames.
"I hope these people affected get to have a good time and forget about all of it for a few days at least," says Perry.
"It does a lot for the morale around here but also for the local economy as well," says Steve Joyce.
The fair board says the community rallied, to make sure the fire didn't impact the start of the fair.
"It shows once again we come together in the face of crisis and weve never had a disasters like that in my lifetime anyway and I'm pretty proud to say I live in Kittitas County," says Roylene Crawford.
The fair runs 10am- 10 pm through Monday.
Tonight's main entertainment is the Sammy Steele Band.