Central Washington State Fair Kicks Off
It's that time of the year again, when thousands of people arrive for the first day of the Central Washington State Fair.
Some come to get their fill of the food and rides first, but for Lynda Bermingham and her grandson Donovan, it's a family tradition.
"I have always come to the fair on Friday because it's cheaper. And I've done it for years. Now my grandson is following along. It's fun," said Birmingham.
Donovan's mother, Brenda Collins, says she tries to make it every year for the unique displays across the fairgrounds.
"I like to see some of the different fair entries. Like some of the hobbies, things that people do, photographs and things like that. And look at some of the agricultural exhibits," said Collins.
However, fairgoers time outside may be cut short due to the heavy smoke lingering over the Yakima Valley.
The air quality still remains unhealthy for those with breathing conditions.
But fair officials say that won't stop thousands of people from coming to the fair over the next ten days.
"Yeah, there's a few people that might have some health issues that may want to stay indoors. But we have lots of buildings indoors with air conditioning, the giant Sundome, and several other buildings. So if they still want to come out and stay indoors, they can do it here at the fair," said Fair Spokesperson Rob Phillips.
As for Brenda Collins and her family, they won't let smoke in the valley disrupt a long-time family tradition.
"The rest of the weekend, we'll probably stay indoors and let this be our special occasion to be outside and just kind of go easy the rest of the weekend so that we keep our lungs a little bit clean," said Collins.
The fair is expecting over 300,000 people to attend over the next ten days.
It runs from today through September 30th. Spring cars run tonigh, .38 Special is tomorrow night's concert, and Rick Springfield performs on Sunday.