By RACHAL PINKERTON
OTHELLO — Sept. 11-14 are the dates for this year’s Othello Fair, formerly known as the Adams County Fair.
The Othello Fair was originally started in 1966 by a group of volunteers from various cities around Adams County. During its formation, an additional fair was established in Ritzville, according to www.othellofair.org. In 1980, the Othello one became the official fair for Adams County.
“It was named Adams County Fair as it was a fair held in Adams County; however. all funds stayed with the Fair Association and not controlled by Adams County itself,” said Tammy Everett, treasurer for the Othello Fair Association. “When Adams County went through a regular audit in the Fall of 2017, it was brought to everyone’s attention that due to possessing the name Adams County, all fair funds needed to be deposited and controlled by the county entity themselves or they could change the name of the fair to resume fair business as we have done for years. It was uncertain at the time if the Fair Association would still be able to retain full control of all fair decisions if we remained a county fair and relinquished all monies to the county. So we simply changed our name to Othello Fair and changed our classification with the state to an area fair rather than a county fair. Everything else has remained the same for our exhibitors and guests. We have only received positive feedback after everyone understood why the name change took place.”
Typically, the Othello Fair sees 13,500 visitors, plus exhibitors, vendors, volunteers and entertainers. This year, fair officials are registering competitors and their entries online.
“All entries, animals and items, must be registered online this year,” said Everett. “We are attempting to streamline the check-in process, but will utilize iPads on-site during registration for those that have not heard of the change this year.”
Entrants are to bring exhibits and animals on Tuesday, Sept. 10, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Guidelines are available at othellofair.org. Entertainment for the 2019 fair includes Reptile Island and The Ring of Torti display, Buck and Elizabeth, Lanky the Clown, Jeanne Coady, with a Patsy Cline Tribute, the Peterson Farm Brothers and the Howard Vandermark Band.
“We pride ourselves on being one of the friendliest fairs around and we welcome questions from any and all who want to know more,” Everett said. “We are also looking for enthusiastic members to join our fair board, as we have a couple of positions currently open. Our board meets the first Tuesday of each month at 6:30pm, September’s meeting will be held at the fair office.”
In conjunction with the fair, the Othello Rodeo Association will be holding the 71st Annual Rodeo and Demo Derby. The Demo Derby will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 11, with the rodeo on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 13 and 14. To learn more about the rodeo, visit www.othellorodeo.com.
Rachal Pinkerton may be reached via email at email@example.com.