Northwest NEWS

July 9, 2001


Country fun at the 2001 King County Fair begins July 17

Saddle-up for the best country entertainment anywhere in these parts at the King County Fair in Enumclaw July 17-22.
   For the third consecutive year, the King County Fair will feature a country/western theme reflective of its historic country roots .
   The King County Fair has a long country tradition dating back to 1863 when it was founded. It is the oldest country fair west of the Mississippi.
   The King County Fair is widely recognized for its old-fashioned fair atmosphere and traditional fair entertainment such as agricultural displays and big-time rodeo.
   Topping the entertainment list at this year's fair will be the loggers' competition, leading country music artists such as Diamond Rio, John Conlee, and Lila McCann and an old-style, western-themed melodrama.
   The melodrama, "The Lone Stranger Rides Again," is performed twice daily by actors dressed in 19th Century period costume.
   New features at the fair this year include an Oregon Territory Living History Exhibit, featuring Native American art and culture and daily performances of traditional dancing and the Ride and Glide Bicycle Stunt Show, which highlights amazing bicycle tricks such as back flips, 360s, and flat-land stunts.
   One fair visitor will be lucky enough to solve the King County Fair Missing Loot Mystery to win a $200 gift certificate from Safeway.
   The loot is hidden somewhere around the fairgrounds, and clues to its whereabouts will be announced daily.
   Mainstage acts at the 2001 King County Fair include:
   Diamond Rio on Wednesday, July 18, at 7:30 p.m.
   Diamond Rio has won six "Vocal Group of the Year" awards from the Academy of Country Music and the Country Music Association, produced 19 Top Ten Country hit songs, and earned entry into the Grand Ole Opry.
   John Conlee on Tuesday, July 17, at 7:30 p.m.
   Conlee has had 26 of his singles hit the Top 20, including eight that have reached #1 on the country charts.
   Lila McCann on Friday, July 20, at 8:30 p.m.
   McCann's just-released third CD is "Complete."
   Jaci Velasquez on Sunday, July 22, at 7:30 p.m. Her first record was the fastest-selling debut by a solo artist in Christian music history.
   Christopher Cross on Saturday, July 21, at 8:30 p.m.
   Cross has won numerous awards throughout his career, including five Grammy awards in 1980 and an Academy Award for best song in 1981.
   Sister Hazel on Thursday, July 19, at 7:30 p.m.
   This easy listening rock band features lush harmonies and excellent instrumentals.
   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.
   All other performances, except PRCA Redeo, are free with admission to the fair. Admission to the King County Fair is $7 for adults (advance tickets can be purchased through July 16 at Western Washington Safeway stores for $5); $4 for kids ages 6 to 15; $5 for seniors 62 and up; and free for kids under 6. PRCA amission is an additional $5 for adults and $3 for kids 6 to 15.
   Opening ceremonies for fair will be held on Tuesday, July 17 at high noon, and will feature a speacial performance by the actors from "The Stranger Rides Again" melodrama.
   The $200 gift certificate prize will be "stolen" and "stashed" during this perfomance.
   Hours for the fair are 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.
   The fairgrounds in Enumclaw are easily accessible via Interstate 5, Interstate 405, State Route 410, State Route 169 (Maple Valley) and State Route 164 (Auburn Way)
   For more information, call (206) 296-8888 (Seattle) or (360) 825-7777 (Enumclaw), or visit