August 1, 2008

Pony Up, Partner: The Fair Starts Today

By Craig Brown, The Columbian, Vancouver, Wash.

Aug. 1--The chickens are cooped. The bread is baked. It's time for the fair.

The 2008 Clark County Fair starts its 10-day run at 8 a.m. today with the annual pancake breakfast, which is free with a Fred Meyer coupon. By the time it closes at 10 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 10, more than 250,000 people are likely to have passed through the gates.

This year's featured attraction is "How the West was Fun." It will occupy the building immediately behind the food court and will feature Western films, a haunted gold mine, the ever-popular Brad's World Reptiles and other entertainment for children and grown-ups.

There will be driving -- monster trucks, a demolition derby and a commercial demonstration where fairgoers can try a Toyota 4x4 on an off-road course. There will be drinking -- last year's beer garden has been moved inside the huge Exhibition Hall and renamed the West Bank Bistro. And of course, the Clark County Dairy Women will be making their milkshakes. Try the peach.

A lot of commerce will be conducted. Luckily, the cash machines are surcharge-free. And C-Tran will take you there for only $2 round-trip, $4 for a family.

Even the weather is forecast to be fair. According to the National Weather Service, there is a 30 percent chance of showers this morning, but sunshine is forecast for the rest of the weekend and into next week.


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