Northwest NEWS

July 10, 2000


King County Fair opens July 18

   The King County Fair begins on Tuesday, July 18, and runs through July 23 at the King County Fairgrounds in Enumclaw.

   Returning to this year's Fair will be the well-loved loggers' competition, top country music artists such as Collin Raye, Pam Tillis, and the Kinleys, and the old-style, western-themed melodrama that debuted last year. The melodrama is performed two times per day by actors dressed in 19th century period costume at different locations around the Fairgrounds.

   New features at the Fair this year include a Farmers Market, and the Wells Fargo Gold Rush, a contest to find 200 $1.00 gold coins fresh from the mint. The coins will be stashed in a loot bag somewhere around the Fairgrounds and will be awarded to the first person to guess their location. Clues will be announced daily.

   Mainstage acts at the 2000 King County Fair include:

   Collin Raye, for one show on Tuesday, July 18; Raye's first four albums went platinum and include: 1991's "All I Can Be," 1992's "In This Life," 1994's "Extremes," and 1995's "I Think About You."

   The Kinleys will perform for two shows on Wednesday, July 19. The twin sisters' debut album, "Just Between You and Me," is steeped in tradition, yet contemporary.

   Pam Tillis will be on hand for one show on Friday, July 21; Tillis has country music in her blood (her father is country music legend Mel Tillis). She was CMA Female Vocalist of the Year in 1994 and has a new album entitled "Every Time."

   Riders In The Sky will present two shows on Saturday, July 22. "America's Favorite Cowboys" brought the sound of the singing cowboys back to the big screen with their performance in the movie Toy Story 2.

   Wiley & The Wild West Show will perform at two shows on Sunday, July 23. Applause Country Revue is scheduled for two shows on Thursday, July 20.

   All music performances are free with admission to the Fair. Fans who want to guarantee themselves a seat close to the stage can purchase "KC Corral Preferred Seating" tickets for an additional $7 (KC Corral tickets for Collin Raye are sold out). All other performances, except the Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association (PRCA) Rodeo, are also free with admission to the Fair.

   Admission to the King County Fair is $7 for adults; $3.50 for kids ages 6 to 15; $5 for seniors 62 and up; and free for kids under 6. PRCA admission is an additional $5 for adults and $2.50 for kids 15 and under.

   For more information about the Fair, call 206-296-8888 (Seattle) or 360-825-7777 (Enumclaw).