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Spokane Interstate Fair History

History During the 1800's

  • 1886 Washington and Idaho Fair Association holds the very first fair in the Inland Empire (September 21-25) at Corbin Park.
  • 1887 Washington and Idaho Fair held on October 11-25) at Corbin Park.
  • 1888 Washington and Idaho Fair (July 3-5).
  • 1889 Fire sweeps Spokane (August 4) canceling the Fair. Washington enters statehood (November 11).
  • 1890 Northwestern Industrial Exposition (October 1-3). Great Exhibition Hall constructed between Sprague Avenue and Riverside Avenue.
  • 1891 Spokane Fair and Agricultural Association (October 5-10).
  • 1892 Spokane Fair and Agricultural Association (June 28 - July 4).
  • 1893 Spokane Fair and Agricultural Association hold their last fair.
  • 1894 Spokane Fruit Fair gates open on October 24.
  • 1895 Spokane Fruit Fair (September 30 - October 10).
  • 1896 Spokane Fruit Fair (October 6 - 17).
  • 1897 Spokane Fruit Fair (October 5 - 16). Goddess of Plenty was Miss Blalock.
  • 1898 Spokane Fruit Fair (October 4 - 11). Goddess of Plenty was Katherine Hogen from Whitman County.
  • 1899 Spokane Industrial Exposition (October 7 - 11). The Fair is visited by Chief Joseph. Goddess of Plenty was Jean Goldie Amos from Walla Walla.

History During the 1900's

  • 1900 Spokane Industrial Exposition (October 2 - 16). First day attendance breaks new record of 3,476. Goddess of Plenty was Lulu Kirby.
  • 1901 Spokane Interstate Fair (September 15). President William McKinley's death the day prior (September 14) was observed at the Fair. Derby Queen was Jessie McTavish.
  • 1902 Spokane Interstate Fair (October 6 - 14). was Gertrude Sweeny.
  • 1903 Spokane Interstate Fair (October 5 - 13).Spokane Interstate Fair (October 5 - 13). Derby Queen was Ella Clark.
  • 1904 Spokane Interstate Fair (October 3 - 9). Derby Queen was Margaret Crain.
  • 1905 Spokane Interstate Fair (October 3 - 14). Robert Hugh Cosgrove was the Fair Manager through 1914. Derby Queen was Mabel Welch.
  • 1906 Spokane Interstate Fair (September 24 - October 6). Attendance for the twelve days was 107,730. Derby Queen was Carolyne Richards.
  • 1907 Spokane Interstate Fair (September 23 to October 5). Total attendance 128,480. Derby Queen was Hattie Stevenson of Elberton.
  • 1908 Spokane Interstate Fair (October 5 - 10). Theme - "Go To It". Opening day attendance record broken at 12,500. Derby Queen was Vera Wadsworth.
  • 1909 Spokane Interstate Fair (September 23 - 29). Derby Queen was Miss Willie McAdams.
  • 1910 Spokane Interstate Fair (October 3 - 9). Attendance 111,545. Derby Queen was Genevieve Paterson.
  • 1911 Spokane Interstate Fair (October 6 - 13). Attendance 121,277. Derby Queen was Gladys Ham.
  • 1912 Spokane Interstate Fair (September 30 to October 7). T.W. Pendleton and Luella Miller are married 1,500 feet in the air in a hot air balloon. Inland Queen was Ruth Ware.
  • 1913 Spokane Interstate Fair (September 15 - 23). Theme - "Let' s Go to the Fair". "There is no other institution that has such an influence for good on the lives of Inland Empire people." - taken from Miss Spokane' s (Marguerite Motie) welcoming address at the opening ceremonies. Attendance 100,027. Derby Queen was Marjorie Norman.
  • 1914 Spokane Interstate Fair (September 12 - 20). Theme - "Come On, Let' s Go". Derby Queen was Helen Paine.
  • 1915 Spokane Interstate Fair (September 12 - 18). Theme - "Go To It". Derby Queen was Ethel Graves.
  • 1916 Spokane Interstate Fair (September 4 - 12). Miss Two Feathers dives with Clatawn, the high diving horse, from a 40 foot platform into a ten foot pool of water. Derby Queen was Jerrine Ramage.
  • 1917 Spokane Interstate Fair (September 3 - 8). Derby Queen was Tannis Griffith.
  • 1918 Spokane Interstate Fair (September 1 - 9). Attendance 90,184. Derby Queen was Beatrice Dick.
  • 1919 Spokane Interstate Fair (September 1 - 6). Attendance 111,783. Derby Queen was Francis Trunkey.
  • 1920 Spokane Interstate Fair (September 6 - 11). Attendance 105,746. Derby Queen was Jacqueline Martin.
  • 1921 Spokane Interstate Fair (September 7 - 12). Derby Queen was Helen Huntington.
  • 1922 Spokane Interstate Fair (September 5 - 12). Attendance 101,359. Derby Queen was Edith King.
  • 1923 Spokane Interstate Fair (September 3 - 10). Theme - "Let' s Make It 150,000". Inland Empire Queen was Alma Gorber from Colfax. Derby Queen was Sarah McClintock.
  • 1924 Spokane Interstate Fair (September 2 - 9). Fair Robbery - $22,000, practically the entire Derby Day receipts were stolen from the safe in the office. Insurance was ordered, after the case being heard in court, to pay the Fair $15,211. The remainder, according to the records, was not under lock in the Fair safe, therefore the insurance company was not expected to repay this amount. Derby Queen was Lillian Lane. Inland Empire Queen was Vera Dorman from Colville.
  • 1925 Spokane Interstate Fair (September 7 - 12). Inland Empire Queen was Margaret McGreevy of Tekoa. Derby Queen was Miss Margaret Paine.
  • 1926 Spokane Interstate Fair (September 6 - 11). Derby Queen was Catherine Ripley.
  • 1927 Spokane Interstate Fair (September 5 - 10). Theme - "Let' s Go". Charles Lindbergh visits the Fair after landing at Felts Field. Inland Empire Queen was Florence Jory of Kellogg, Idaho. Derby Queen was Ruth Triplett.
  • 1928 Spokane Interstate Fair (September 3 - 11). Attendance 129,776. Pomona Queen was Myrtle Blanchard. Derby Queen was Dorothy Johnson.
  • 1929 Spokane Interstate Fair (September 2 - 7). Attendance 120,671. Inland Empire Queen was Margaret Lewellan of Rosalia. Derby Queen was Claudia Randall.
  • 1930 Spokane Interstate Fair (September 1 - 6). Attendance 106,162. November 21 - stockholders ratified the recommendation of the a committee of trustees to discontinue the Fair and ordered the trustees to take steps to liquidate. The decision was not due to business conditions at the Fair but because it was believed fair had become passe. December 12 - The Interstate Fairgrounds are purchased by the City of Spokane. Inland Empire Queen was Floye Garrison of Clarkston.
  • 1931 February 25 - The Spokane City Council passes an emergency measure to turn the Fairgrounds over to the Board of Park Commissioners which were to then manage and control the grounds. There was no Fair in 1931.
  • 1932 - 1933 No Fairs.
  • 1934 Playfair was organized by I.L. Hildenbrandt. John Jerome was named holder of the lease of the grounds and race track.
  • 1935 Event similar to the Fair was held at Playfair.
  • 1936 - 1940 Various supporters rally to hold the Fair once again.
  • 1941 August 21 - Articles of Incorporation are signed and filed with the County Clerk for the Spokane Valley County Fair.
  • 1942 Spokane Valley - County Fair Horse Show held netting a profit of $156.41.
  • 1943 Spokane County Fair (September 9 - 12). Profits of $1,071.20.
  • 1944 Spokane Valley County Fair (October 6 - 8).
  • 1945 The name was changed from the Spokane County Fair to the Spokane Interstate Fair on January 11. On January 31, the Fair Association began a search for a permanent location for the Fair as the location at Playfair was leased from year to year (1901 through 1930). The present site at Havana and Broadway was recommended. Fund raising begins. There was no Fair held in 1945.
  • 1946 - 1949 Meetings are held with fair organizers in an effort to revive the Spokane Interstate Fair. There were no fairs held during this period.
  • 1950 The Fair Association signs a 35 year lease with the County for the 97-acre site at Broadway and Havana. Under the terms of the lease, the Fair Association was bound to hold a fair no later than October 15, 1952.
  • 1951 Fund raising for $150,000 begins to erect buildings at the new location.
  • 1952 Spokane Interstate Fair (August 29 - September 1). Attendance 40,000. Miss Spokane was Marcia Guzman. Spokane Valley Youth Fair Queen was Helen Sullivan.
  • 1953 Spokane Interstate Fair (September 4 - 7). Theme - "Spirit of the West". Inland Empire Queen was Janice Kannenwisher of Othello.
  • 1954 Spokane Interstate Fair (September 3 - 6).
  • 1955 Spokane Interstate Fair (August 25 - 28). The Floral Palace is constructed.
  • 1956 Spokane Interstate Fair (August 22 - 26). December 27 - The Spokane Indians Baseball Club gives the County all that is owns at Ferris Field in exchange for construction of a ballpark at the Spokane Interstate Fairgrounds.
  • 1957 Spokane Interstate Fair (September 18 - 22). Theme - "It' s For You". Ten acres of wheat were grown at the Fairgrounds for use in the old threshing machine. The waterfall attraction on the south lawn was constructed by the Spokane Men' s Garden Club. The rodeo queen was Tammy Dix.
  • 1958 Spokane Interstate Fair (September 17 - 21). Theme - "It' s For You". Fairest of the Fair was Joyce Klassen of Opportunity.
  • 1959 Spokane Interstate Fair (September 16-20). Fairest of the Fair was Cheryl Fulton of Fairfield.
  • 1960 Spokane Interstate Fair (September 14 - 18). Theme - "Big Show of the Year". Attendance 60,376. Fairest of the Fair was Susan Ann Stephenson of Benge.
  • 1960 Spokane Interstate Fair (September 14 - 18). Theme - "Big Show of the Year". Attendance 60,376. Fairest of the Fair was Susan Ann Stephenson of Benge.
  • 1961 Spokane Interstate Fair (September 13 - 17). Theme - "It' s For You". Attendance exceeded 60,000. Exhibition Quarter Horse Racing makes its debut. Fairest of the Fair was Carol Katheryn Marsh of Amber.
  • 1962 Spokane Interstate Fair (September 12 - 16). Attendance 80,917. Fairest of the Fair was Nancy Whitney of Davenport.
  • 1963 Spokane Interstate Fair (September 11 - 15). Theme - "More to See in ‘63". Attendance 86,723. Fairest of the Fair was Margaret Cheryl Goss of Almira.
  • 1964 Spokane Interstate Fair (September 15 - 20). Theme - "It' s For You". Fairest of the Fair was Karen Marie Williams of Davenport.
  • 1965 Spokane Interstate Fair (September 18 - 26). Attendance 143,785. A 60 foot totem pole was donated to the Fair by the estate of the late Leno Prestini of Clayton, Washington. Prestini, an artist who gained considerable fame for his modern paintings, died in 1963. Fairest of the Fair was Marjorie Ann Neace.
  • 1966 Spokane Interstate Fair (September 10 - 18). Theme - "Hey Hey - Fun Everyday". Attendance 150,522. Fairest of the Fair was Janet Miller of Cheney.
  • 1967 Spokane Interstate Fair (September 9 - 17). Attendance record of 164,391. Fairest of the Fair was Gail Krupke.
  • 1968 Spokane Interstate Fair (September 7 - 15). Attendance record of 170,709. Improvements to the facility include blacktopping the poultry barn, landscaping three acres, construction of new game pens for birds and water fowls, exhibition of a new rose garden, construction of permanent concrete curbing for feature flowers. Fairest of the Fair was Janice Gunning of Davenport.
  • 1969 Spokane Interstate Fair (September 6 - 14). Attendance 203,382. Fairest of the Fair was Judy Reinbold of Davenport.
  • 1970 Spokane Interstate Fair (September 12 - 20). Exotic and colorful fish were on display for the first time at the Spokane Interstate Fair. International Fairs and Expositions names the facility "Best of North America" for landscaping. Fairest of the Fair was Gigi Stearns of Rockford.
  • 1971 Spokane Interstate Fair (September 11 - 19). Attendance 234,342. Fairest of the Fair was Christi Janett of Pullman. 1972 Spokane Interstate Fair (September 9 - 17). Theme - "It' s For You". Attendance 243,957. Fairest of the Fair was Dawna Boleneus of Davenport.
  • 1973 Spokane Interstate Fair (September 8 - 16). Attendance 262,605. Fairest of the Fair was Linda Bergeron of Reardan.
  • 1974 Spokane Interstate Fair (September 7 - 15). The World' s Fair "Expo 74" was held in Spokane contributing somewhat to the decline in attendance at Spokane' s "other fair". Fairest of the Fair was Sue Laib.
  • 1975 Spokane Interstate Fair (September 6 - 14). Attendance 267,412. Fairest of the Fair was Tammy Broyles of Edwall.
  • 1976 Spokane Interstate Fair (September 11 - 19). The United States celebrates its bicentennial. Long-time Fair Manager, Charles Meenach, is replaced by his brother, Ray Meenach. Fairest of the Fair was Christie Lee Nonemacher of Davenport.
  • 1977 Spokane Interstate Fair (September 10-18). Theme - "Yum Yum - Yahoo - Oink". Front entrance was installed at the facility as well as new chutes, fences, and lighting in the grandstand and new lighting in the south lawn area. Fairest of the Fair was Sheryl Benning of Deep Creek.
  • 1978 Spokane Interstate Fair (September 9 - 17). Theme - "Ee-igh Ee-igh, Oh". The Longhorn Barbecue building is constructed in its current location. Fairest of the Fair was Sheila Jernstedt of Colbert.
  • 1979 Spokane Interstate Fair (September 8 - 16). Theme - "Good Ol' Country Fun". Attendance 315,000. Fairest of the Fair was Lisa Asco of Mead.
  • 1980 Spokane Interstate Fair (September 6 - 14). Theme - "Duck Into the Interstate". Attendance 320,000. Improvements to the Fairgrounds included remodeling the old livestock area restrooms into a work shop for grounds maintenance. A food booth for the Japanese American Citizens was constructed at no cost to the Fair. Fairest of the Fair was Camie Nokes of Colbert.
  • 1981 Spokane Interstate Fair (September 12 - 20). Theme - "Everyone' s Duckin In". Attendance 330,000. Fairest of the Fair was Deborah Hall.
  • 1982 Spokane Interstate Fair (September 11 - 19). Theme - "Quack-a-Doodle-Oink". Fairest of the Fair was Wendy Walsh.
  • 1983 Spokane Interstate Fair (September 10 - 18). Theme - "Duck-a-Roo". Attendance 337,000. East stage was constructed. Fairest of the Fair was Janet Lenke of Colbert.
  • 1984 Spokane Interstate Fair (September 8 - 16). Theme - "Go Quackers". Attendance 343,700. Fairest of the Fair was Michelle Robbins.
  • 1985 Spokane Interstate Fair (September 7 - 15). Theme - "Duckitty Doo-Dah". Fairest of the Fair was Laurie Audette.
  • 1986 Spokane Interstate Fair (September 6 - 14). Theme - "Go Whole Hog". Ray Perry replaces Ray Meenach as Fair Manager. Fairest of the Fair was Brenda Reitmeir of Cheney.
  • 1987 Spokane Interstate Fair (September 12 - 20). Theme - "A Hare Raising Experience!" Attendance over 350,000. First Professional Rodeo Cowboy' s Association Rodeo was held in conjunction with the Fair. Fairest of the Fair was Laura Pastwick.
  • 1988 Spokane Interstate Fair (September 9 - 18). Theme - "Bring the Whole Herd". Attendance 353,515. Fairest of the Fair was Erica Robertson.
  • 1989 Spokane Interstate Fair (September 8 - 17). Theme - "It' s a Family Affair". Record breaking attendance of 397,805. December - Fair Board is reduced to seven members. The Spokane Interstate Fair becomes merges with the Parks and Recreation Department to form the Spokane County Parks, Recreation and Fair Department under the direction of Sam Angove. Fairest of the Fair was Brenda Lee Mills of Espanola.
  • 1990 Spokane Interstate Fair (September 7 - 16). Theme - "Best Show Off Broadway and Havana". Fairest of the Fair was Julie Patricia Carmack of Rockford.
  • 1991 Spokane Interstate Fair (September 13 - 20). Theme - "Be Country - Big Time". Fairest of the Fair was Jennifer Gibson.
  • 1992 Spokane Interstate Fair (September 11 - 20). Theme - "Get a Mooove On". The Fair fails to round up enough votes to pass a bond issue to remodel the Fairgrounds. Fairest of the Fair was Brenda Marie Rouse of Chattaroy.
  • 1993 Spokane Interstate Fair (September 10 - 19). Theme - "A Fair to Remember". Attendance 279,166. An "L-Shaped" facility was constructed along Broadway Avenue, specifically the Agriculture, Interconnect, Poultry / Rabbit, and Swine Buildings. The petting zoo facility on the north lawn was also constructed for the youth of the area. Fairest of the Fair was Rebecca Bailey of Espanola.
  • 1994 Spokane Interstate Fair (September 9 - 18) - Theme - "100 Years of Tradition" celebrating 100 years since the first Spokane fair. Attendance 287,381. Paul Gillingham was hired as the Fair Manager. Fairest of the Fair was Melanie Jane Lund of Cheney.
  • 1995 Spokane Interstate Fair (September 8 - 17). Theme - "Fair Days and Starry Nights" focusing on the return of headliner entertainment such as Tim McGraw and Martina McBride. Attendance 284,694. Fairest of the Fair was Lisa Evans. The Moonshriners (Elephant Ears) constructed a permanent food booth just northwest of food row.
  • 1996 Spokane Interstate Fair (September 6 - 15). Theme - "Bee Bop A Moo Moo". Attendance 280,711. A 40,000 square foot exhibit building was constructed south of the Main Exhibition Building. The Fair was this building' s first tenant. Along with the new building, the main parking lot was given a face lift through paving and installation of drainage. Fairest of the Fair was Carrie Olson. November 19 - The Fairgrounds suffered severe tree damage from an ice storm and the facility was without power for 2.5 days. Power was restored just in time to open the Custer' s Christmas Arts and Crafts Show marking their 100th show at the facility.
  • 1997 Spokane Interstate Fair (September 5 - 14). Theme - "Footloose at the Fair". Attendance 262,182. Iris "Dolly" Hughes was named as the new Business Operations Manager replacing the Fair Manager position. Ferrets made their first appearance at the Spokane Interstate Fair. Fairest of the Fair was Jennifer Burton. Electrical upgrades occurred in the RV parking area east of the outdoor arena.
  • 1998 Spokane Interstate Fair (September 11 - 20). Theme - "Boot Scoot Your Boogie to the Fair" featuring a chicken named "Legs Benedict". Attendance 276,790. Alliance Pacific Inc. became the new advertising agency. Butler Amusements replaced Rainier Shows Carnival which sold out after many years at the Fair. The Fairest of the Fair program was replaced by the Fair Ambassador program allowing both young men and women to apply. Ambassadors selected included Misty Coller, Cerissa Cunningham, and Annie Moseanko. The Fair sold wethers at the Market Stock Auction for the first time in its history. The Spokane County Fair and Expo Center was allocated approximately $3 million for capital improvements to the facility. The first of these improvements included a sewer system to allow most of the foods booths to hook directly into the sewer.
  • 1999 Spokane County' s Interstate Fair (September 10 - 19). Theme - "The Real Squeal Deal" featuring a pig named "Francis Blazing Bacon". Attendance 228,864. Ambassadors selected included Beth Boots, Alicia Hamp, Brandi Neagle, and Marci Schwartz. Improvements made with the previous year' s allocation included insulation in Ag Complex Building A as well as a building to house new horse stalls (horse stalls to be in place in 2000). Pocket Pets made their first appearance at the Interstate Fair. The winner of the WSFA "Black and White Award" was the Beef / Dairy Barn, superintendents Dick Blakley and Tracy Knutson. The winners of the Fair' s five coveted "Red, White, and Blue Awards" were the Beef / Dairy Barn, Atlantis Aquatics, G & E Catering, Oak Creek Village, and Rings and Things. Adding to its diversity, the Fair sold chickens and rabbits at this year' s Market Stock Auction. A special area was set aside this year for "Familyville" near the South Gate. The area included several entertainment areas as well as a demonstration area that ran throughout the day geared towards children - a large portion of the kiddy rides was located in this area as well. This year' s big name entertainment included Mitch Ryder with Gary Lewis and the Playboys as well as Chely Wright.

History During the 2000's

  • 2000 Spokane County's Interstate Fair (September 8 - 17). Theme - "The Mooollennium Fair" featuring a cow named "Moodonna". Attendance 239,198. The Ambassador program saw a change to include two young women and two young men. Ambassadors were Eddie Coller, Stephanie Tucker, Korina VanTassle, and Clay Wilken. A new covered show area was constructed. The horse barn with stalls was opened for usage in May with the ability to house 99 horses. The Fair hosted the grand opening of the new camping area, complete with 43 sites. The clerical staff moved to a triple-wide modular office structure in April. Three quarters of the Ag Complex were insulated and heated. The winner of the WSFA's "Black and White Awards" were the Beef / Dairy Barn, superintendents Dick Blakley and Tracy Knutson and the Spokane Ag Bureau display in the Ag Building under the direction of Dennis Fiess. The winners of the Fair's five coveted "Red, White, and Blue Awards" were the All Alaskan Racing Pigs, Eastern Washington University, Inland Empire Beekeepers, Spokane Humane Society, and Sturm Heating. The Fair Ambassadors began a program this year in which they would select something (or someone) to receive their special ribbon. This year, the Ambassadors Award went to the Spokane County Animal Control staff. The P.R.C.A. Rodeo went from 4 performances to 3. This year's big name entertainment included Toby Keith and a Classic Show featuring Merilee Rush, the Kingsmen, and Sonny Geraci. On opening day, the full facility lost power for approximately an hour...that had to have been a first.
  • 2001 Spokane County's Interstate Fair (September 7 - 16). Theme - "Ride the Interstate" featuring a rabbit named "Hareley Rabbitson", a mule named "Mulecedes Ben", and a goat named "P.T. Goatster". Attendance 231,152. Ambassadors were Michael Diep, Kristina Larson, Melody Tolliver, and Ben Wick. The winner of the WSFA's "Black and White Awards" were the Rabbit Department, superintendent Val Uptagrafft, and the Agricultural Building under the direction of Bonnie Sewell and Myrna O'Leary. The winners of the Fair's five "Red, White, and Blue Awards" were Air National Guard (Bay 1), Inland NW Health Services (Auxiliary Building), Yosemite Signs (Outside), Moonshriners (Permanent Food Structure), and Pizza Rita (Portable Food Structure). The Fair began to award a special award to the Food and Commercial Booth tying most closely to the Fair's theme. The winners were Spokane Humane Society (Commercial) and Larchwood Farms (Food). The Ambassadors Award went to the Inland Empire Steam and Gas Buffs. Flat Track Racing was added this year in connection with the Demolition Derby. This year's big name entertainment included Mark Wills and Gary Puckett. Mr. Puckett had to perform without his band as all flights were grounded the day of his concert due to the terrorist acts upon the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. No one will probably ever forget where they were the morning of September 11...we were at the Fair mourning the tremendous loss of life our nation suffered that day.
  • 2002 Spokane County's Interstate Fair (September 6 - 15). Theme - "Wooly Wooly Good Times" featuring a llama named "Wooly Nelson" and an alpaca named "Britney Shears" with a patriotic stars and stripes background. Attendance 229,378. Ambassadors were Amber Burgerson, Linnea Nelson, Dana Roberts, and Tim Wilken. The winner of the WSFA's "Black and White Awards" were the Camelid Barn under the direction of Clyde Baker and Anne Foss and the Inland Empire Steam and Gas Buffs under the direction of Joe Young and Roger Rosin. The winners of the Fair's five "Red, White, and Blue Awards" were Home and Garden Parties (Bay 1), Spokane County Public Works (Auxiliary Building), Will Rogers Saddlery (Outside), Cotton Candy (Permanent Food Structure), and Spokandy (Portable Food Structure). The Food and Commercial Booths tying most closely to the Fair's theme this year were Avon and the Bavarian Restaurant. The Ambassadors Award went to Public Relations Superintendent Joe Polello. This year's big name entertainment included America and Trick Pony. In a special 9/11 celebration entitled "Tribute to America", honor was paid to those that lost their lives last year as well as those that serve today protecting the American citizens in their pursuit of happiness. Interim use continues to rise with public attendance estimated throughout the year at 566,000.
  • 2003 Spokane County Interstate Fair (September 5 - 14). Theme - "More Than Just a Dog and Pony Show" featuring a dog named "Tommie Lee Bones" and a horse named "Hoof Daddy". Attendance 211,436. Ambassadors were Sean Gilleran, Danielle Makar, Celeste Wagner, and Justin Wagner - the Fair's first brother and sister to serve together. The winner of the WSFA's "Black and White Awards" were the Camelid Barn under the direction of Clyde and Janice Baker, the 4-H Still Exhibits Department under the direction of Linda Costich and Anita Raddatz, and an individual award to Fair Coordinator, Jessica McLaughlin. The winners of the Fair's five "Red, White, and Blue Awards" were Home and Garden Party (Bay 1), I.E. Beekeepers Assn. (Auxiliary Building), Dale's Wood Specialties (Outside), Spokane Valley Kiwanis (Permanent Food Structure), and Berry Ka-Bob (Portable Food Structure). The Food and Commercial Booths tying most closely to the Fair's theme this year were USBORNE Books and the Bavarian Restaurant. The Ambassadors Award went to Food Vendor - French Crepes. This year's big name entertainment in the facility's new $6.5+ million grandstand arena included Rascal Flatts, Phil Vassar (rain cancellation), and Starship. Due to the concert rainout on 09/08, the Fair saw an early closing at 7:30 p.m.
  • 2004 Spokane County Interstate Fair (September 10 - 19). Theme - "Flock to the Fair; We'll See Ewe There" featuring a sheep named "Dodger". Attendance 189,066. Ambassadors were Sarah Ellison, Michelle Gorka, and Kaja Opsal. The winner of the WSFA's "Black and White Award" was the Crops and Forage Display in the Ag. Building under the care of Dick Ott and Gina Scott. The winners of the Fair's five "Red, White, and Blue Awards" were US Border Patrol (Bay 1), Dept. of Transportation (Auxiliary Building), Atlantis Aquatics (Outside), A & W Rootbeer (Permanent Food Structure), and A & K Enterprises dba Hawaiian Teriyaki (Portable Food Structure). The Food or Commercial Booth tying most closely to the Fair's theme this year was Creative Memories (Commercial). The Ambassadors Award went to Commercial Vendor - Mini Mountain. This year's big name entertainment included Night Ranger and Gary Allan. A new marketing firm joined the Fair this year - Genesis Marketing. Four new food buildings were constructed, servicing eight of the vendors in the old food row building that was removed. Bay 1 received a new HVAC system. The Fair saw 8 days of rain.
  • 2005 Spokane County Interstate Fair (September 9 - 18). Theme - "Find the Sun at the Fair" featuring sunflowers. Attendance 193,301. Ambassadors were Jordan Clark, Ginger Gomez, Jillian Sherrodd, and Lauren Stromberger. The winners of the WSFA's "Black and White Awards" were Bay 4' s Displays under the care of Delma Oliver, Tami Applebee, and Ann Fackenthall and the 4-H Horse Department (Barb Ferguson Superintendent). The winners of the Fair's five "Red, White, and Blue Awards" were Army National Guard (Outside), Candle Hut (Bay 1), Heartworks (Auxiliary Building), Leonardo' s Bistro (Portable Food Structure), and VFW Post 51 (Permanent Food Structure). The Food or Commercial Booth tying most closely to the Fair's theme this year was Home Boys (Commercial). The Ambassadors Award went to Alan Bruess and the Sunflower Saddle Ranch - a completely interactive area for children to rope, ride, and pedal their way into the hearts of the crowd. This year' s Fair saw the removal of the Floral Palace (6,800 square feet) and a new exhibit building (Bay 4) constructed (15,000 square feet) to house both the Floral and Fine Arts Departments. The plaza was ready for use prior to the Fair as well and featured many of the Fair' s sponsors including Dishman Dodge and Spokane Chrysler. The Plaza is also home to a new concessions area called the Plaza Grill, complete with seating. Entertainment in 2005 included the P.R.C.A. Rodeo, Dierks Bentley, and the Demolition Derby.
  • 2006 Spokane County Interstate Fair (September 8-17). Theme - "Bushels of Fun for Everyone" featuring wheat and apples.  Attendance 218,789.  Ambassadors were Heather Arts, Anna Daines, Chelsie Hardwick, and Jordan Roskelley. The winners of the WSFA "Black and White Awards" were Director Dolly Hughes and Bay 3 Superintendents (Linda Costich, Leroy and Vicki Nielsen, Anita Raddatz, and Louise Wells).  Best Incorporation of Fair Theme was awarded to Bartlett's Bakers Dozen (Food).  The "Red, White, and Blue Awards" were presented to Home Boys (Outside), Inland Northwest Wildlife Council (Auxiliary Building), K Diamond K Guest Ranch (Bay 1), Shepard's Ice Cream Shoppe (Portable Food Booth), and Spokane Valley Kiwanis (Permanent Facility Food Booth).  The Ambassador's Award went to Quichua Mashis (South Andes Musicians).  Entertainment included P.R.C.A. Rodeo, Lee Greenwood, Oak Ridge Boys, Bomshel, 10,000 Maniacs, and two Demolition Derbies.  Facility Improvements - The western portion of Bay 1 was renovated to include meeting rooms and show offices and would be known as the Conference Center. A Junior Advisory Board was established allowing for one representative from each High School.
  • 2007 Spokane County Interstate Fair (September 7-16).  Theme - "Un-BEE-lievably Fun for Everyone" featuring bees and honey. Attendance 235,010. Ambassadors were Ceitleen Albertson, Riley Myklebust, Maria Naccarato, and Kahla Noel. The winners of the WSFA's "Black and White Awards" were the Swine Barn (Superintendents Karen Wilson and Blaine Brown) and Bay 3 (Superintendents Louise Wells, Linda Costich, and the Nielsens). The winners of the Fair's five "Red, White, and Blue Awards" were Espirit Tech / Alpine College (Auxiliary Building), Mary Lou's Ice Cream (Permanent Food Structure), North County Critters (Bay 1), Savannah Sweets (Portable Food Structure), and U.S.P.S. (Outside). The booth tying most closely to the Fair's theme this year was Spokane Humane Society (Commercial). The Ambassadors Award went to Tommy G's Mutton Busting Show. Additional emphasis was placed on the Grandstand Arena Entertainment this year and included the P.R.C.A. Rodeo, Village People, Ronnie Milsap, Kellie Pickler / Chris Young, Weird Al Yankovic, 4 x 4 Truck Pulls, and two Demolition Derbies.  Director Dolly Hughes retired on July 31 and Rich Hartzell was named as the new Director.
  • 2008 Spokane County Interstate Fair (September 5-14).  Theme - "We've Got a Good Thing Growing" featuring a fun-loving pig and other agricultural pieces.  Attendance 242,159.  Ambassadors were Madolyn Bayle, Jeannette Thompson, Angela Wolfe, and Emma Wolfe.  The winners of the WSFA's "Black and White Awards" were the Grange Department (Superintendents Tom and Bonnie Reed) and the Inland Empire Beekeepers Association. The winners of the Fair's five "Red, White, and Blue Awards" were Advanced Window Fashions (Best Auxiliary Building Commercial), Country Homes Power Equipment (Outdoor Commercial), Eastern Washington University (Best Bay 1 Commercial), Pennsylvania Dutch Funnel Cakes (Best Portable Food Booth), and Spokane Valley Kiwanis (Best Permanent Food Booth).  Best Incorporation of Fair Theme - Alpine College.  Ambassador's Award - El Katif Shrine Food Booth.  Grandstand Entertainment included P.R.C.A. Rodeo, Joe Nichols, Raven Symone, Bowling for Soup, Phil Vassar, and two Demolition Derbies.  Michelle Hunter became the first Miss Spokane Interstate Rodeo.
  • 2009 Spokane County Interstate Fair (September 11-20).  Theme - "We've Got Something to Crow About" featuring a confident rooster and a bushel of apples.  Attendance 227,075.  Ambassadors were Candice Boyd, Madelin Copus, Anna Nelson, and Emily Snow.  The winners of the WSFA's "Black and White Awards" were the Rabbit Department (Superintendent Taya Halverson) and the Egg Department (Orville Clouse). The winners of the Fair's five "Red, White, and Blue Awards" were Golf Markers (Best Bay 1 Commercial), Prokera / Derma Systems (Best Auxiliary Bldg Commercial), Second Round Balls (Best Outdoor Commercial), Shepard's Ice Cream Shoppe (Best Portable Food Booth), and Spokane Valley Kiwanis (Best Permanent Booth Food).  Best Incorporation of Fair Theme - Alpine College. Ambassador's Award - Inland Empire Steam & Gas Buffs.  Grandstand Entertainment included P.R.C.A. Rodeo (3 performances), Rodney Adkins, Glen Campbell, the Beach Boys, Josh Gracin, motor sports event, and two Demolition Derbies.  Jessica Davisson served as 2009 Miss Spokane Interstate Rodeo.
  • 2010 Spokane County Interstate Fair (September 10-19).  Theme - "It's an AG-Venture" featuring a dairy cow driven combine.  Attendance 195,255.  Ambassadors were Bethany Bothwell, Jessica Levy, Ashley Smith-Fenton, and Sondra Willmann.  The winners of the WSFA's "Black and White Awards" were the Goat Department (Superintendent Barb Kunze) and the Ag Department (Superintendent Bonnie Sewell). The winners of the Fair's three "Red, White, and Blue Awards" were Baja Grille (Best Food Booth), Chase Honey Farm (Best Outdoor Commercial Booth), and Papa Ray's Market (Best Indoor Commercial Booth).  Best Incorporation of Fair Theme - Creative Memories.  Ambassador's Award - Georgia Oberg.  Grandstand Entertainment - P.R.C.A. Rodeo (2 performances), Compact Car Demo Derby, Clint Black, Bobby Vee, ABBA The Music, Collective Soul, Hinder, Monster Truck Shows, Traditional Demolition Derby. TicketsWest was selected as the admissions company.  Emily Houger served as 2010 Miss Spokane Interstate Rodeo.
  • 2011 Spokane County Interstate Fair (September 9-18).  Theme - "Carats of Fun" featuring a carrot-eating rabbit in front of a large diamond as the Interstate Fair celebrated its 60th Anniversary at its current location of Broadway and Havana.  Attendance 189,900.  Ambassadors were Brianna Broadwater, Chelsea Ellis, Alicia Knecht, and Alysa Norton.  The winners of the Fair's three "Red, White, and Blue Awards" were Chase Honey Farm (Outdoor Commercial), E and D Enterprises (Indoor Commercial), Shepard's Ice Cream Shoppe (Food Booth).  Argonne Chiropractic received "Best Incorporation of Fair Theme".  Pizza Rita received the Ambassador's Award. Grandstand Entertainment included the P.R.C.A. Rodeo, two Demolition Derbies, two Monster Truck Shows, Neal McCoy, The Osmond Brothers, Weird Al Yankovic, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, and Switchfoot.  The attendance was affected by 90+ degree weather the first four days of the Fair.  Pepsi was selected as the official non-alcoholic beverage provider.  Jamie Cutshall served as 2011 Miss Spokane Interstate Rodeo. The Fair held a special "Best of the Fair Food" Contest with judges from the SCC Culinary Department.  Winners included Azar's (Breakfast Item), Lylo's Teriyaki (Signature Dish), Mary Lou's Ice Cream (Dessert), and Oklahoma Funnel Cake (Deep Fried Item).
  • 2012 Spokane County Interstate Fair (September 7-16).  Theme - "Experience the Ride" featuring artwork designed by artist Lisa Rasmussen.  Attendance 207,550.  Ambassadors were Bethany Hand, Brianna Sillivan, Julia Viherlahti, and Asa Wolfe.  "Red, White, and Blue Awards" were Display House (Outdoor Commercial), Spokane Valley Kiwanis (Food Booth), and Stone Crazy (Indoor Commercial).  The 4-H Life Department under the direction of Superintendent Sue McCoury won the Ambassador's Award. Grandstand Entertainment included the P.R.C.A. Rodeo, Wylie and the Wild West Show, Jake Owen, Huey Lewis & the News, Styx, Blues Traveler, Monster Truck Shows, and a Double Header Demolition Derby.  Jessica Tennant was crowned the 2012 Miss Spokane Interstate Rodeo and later crowned 2013 Miss Rodeo Washington .  "Best of the Fair Food" contest winners included Azar's (Deep Fried Item), Baja Bowl (Signature Dish), Lasagnas On Ya (Dessert), and SandwicHaven (Most Creative).
  • 2013 Spokane County Interstate Fair (September 6-15).  Theme - "Ridin', Rockin', and Livestockin'".  Attendance was 188,070.  Ambassadors were Julia Jean "JJ" Brown, Connlee Gray, Tyler Ribail, and Kathleen Sessions.  Macy LaValley held the title of 2013 Miss Spokane Interstate Rodeo.  "Red, White, and Blue Awards" were given to 3 Barrels Up (Indoor Commercial), Chase Honey Farm (Outdoor Commercial), and Izzy's BBQ (Food Booth).  Garlic Gourmay won the Ambassador's Award.  The Beef/Dairy Barn under the direction of Superintendents Wayne Brokaw and Heather Netz won the Dept. of Ag Black and White Award.  The Exotic Animal Display under the direction of Blaine Brown won the Director's Award.  Grandstand Entertainment included the P.R.C.A. Rodeo, Hotel California - A Salute to the Eagles, The Band Perry, Eli Young Band, Carnival of Madness Tour, MercyMe, and two nights of Demolition Derby.  "Best of the Fair Food" contest winners included Glazed and Confused (Deep Fried Item), Huckleberry Thicket (Dessert), Island Noodles (Most Creative), and SandwicHaven (Signature Dish).  The Fair ended with an incredible windstorm that blew through just after closing causing some tent damage for the vendors.