August 9th – 12th 2017
Our Fairs History
This year will by the 90th year of festivities at the Yakima Valley Fair and Rodeo (YVF&R) in Grandview. It will be the 27th anniversary at the current location, Counrty Park on Wallace Way.
The Yakima Valley Fair started in the downtown streets of Grandview as the “Harvest Festival.” During the early 1950s, the fair found its home on Second Street at what is now the Yakima Valley Community College campus, and soon grew to include the livestock exhibits.
By the 1990s, the Yakima Valley Junior Fair began to outgrow itself in town and moved to the current fair location at Country Park on Wallace Way.
In 2001, the Yakima Valley Fair added “& Rodeo” and changed its name. The first three years, it was successful as part of the Pro-West Rodeo circuit, winning “Rodeo of the Year” for 2 years. The transition was made to the PRCA (Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association) in 2003. In 2010, new Directors returned to the Pro-West Rodeo, involving more local participants.
The YVF&R continues to grow and develop with each passing year.
This year finds a dedicated YVF&R Board of 9 volunteer members who work diligently to improve the quality of the Fair and Rodeo.
We Need Your Help
Our Fair is made possible because of a board of directors that volunteer their time and energy to see that we have a great fair every year. Our board is missing valuable positions and it is making the load heavy for the remaining board members. Please, even if you do not have the time to dedicate to a full board position, please consider helping out in one of the volunteer positions listed below.
Board Member – Secretary
Board Member – Director At Large
Volunteer Position – Exhibitor Entertainment
Volunteer Position – Record Books
Volunteer Position – School Art
Volunteer Position – Tractor Driving
Volunteer Position – Commercial Booths/Vendors
Volunteer Position – Advertising/Public Relations