Yakima Valley Fair parade

The Grandview Community Parade will be held at 6:30 p.m. Thursday.

The Yakima Valley Fair and Rodeo opens Wednesday in Grandview, continuing a tradition that dates to 1927.

In the beginning, the fair was held in the streets of downtown Grandview but was moved to its current Country Park location in 1988. It added the rodeo in 2001. Over the years it has drawn thousands and hosted all manner of entertainment, including country stars such as Barbara Mandrell, who played during the 1970s.

This year’s fair and rodeo lasts through Saturday and, along with 4-H and FFA exhibitors, will include a movie night, a car show, a beer and wine garden and, of course, the rodeo among other attractions.

Admission is $6 daily or $20 for all four days ($5 and $15 for seniors 62 and older and children 6-13). Children 5 and younger are free with a paid adult. The rodeo on Friday and Saturday is an additional $5. For information, visit www.yvfair-rodeo.org.

Yakima Valley Fair and Rodeo schedule


8 a.m. — Opening

8 a.m. — Swine, beef and rabbit classification

10 a.m. — Sheep and goat classification

10 a.m. — 10 p.m. 4-H and open-class buildings open

Early Afternoon — Sheep, goats, swine breeding classification

1 p.m. — Dairy classification followed by dairy showmanship

6 p.m. — Champion-ship drive for all species

7:30 p.m. — Little Wrangler Rodeo sponsored by Astria Health

Dusk — Movie night at the amphitheater


8 a.m. — Swine, beef, rabbit/poultry showmanship

10 a.m. — Sheep and goat showmanship when beef is finished in the show arena

10 a.m. — 10 p.m. Open class & 4-H buildings open

5:30 p.m. — 4-H and FFA round robin contest

6 p.m. to close: Half-price fair admission

6:30 p.m. — Grandview Community Parade

7 p.m. — Ranch sorting event in rodeo arena

8 p.m. — Family night of praise at the amphitheater


9 a.m. — Livestock market sale

10 a.m.- 10 p.m. — 4-H and open class buildings open

6 p.m. — Diaper derby

7:30 p.m. — Pro West Rodeo and beer garden


9 a.m. — Livestock judging competition

10 a.m.-10 p.m. — 4-H and open class buildings open

10 a.m.- 3 p.m. — Grandview Chamber car show

12:30 p.m. — Dairy judging competition

11 a.m.- 3 p.m. — 4-H public presentations in 4-H building

2 p.m. — Tractor driving contest

3:30 p.m. — Pee wee sheep and swine showmanship

4 p.m. — 4-H and FFA livestock trophy presentations an award ceremony

7:30 p.m. — Pro West Rodeo and beer garden

After Rodeo: Youth exhibitor mud football and volleyball tournament

Midnight: Fair closes

Reach Pat Muir at pmuir@yakimaherald.com.