The 92nd Annual Yakima Valley Fair & Rodeo was one for the books. Attendance was, “... increased from years past, without a doubt,” according to Cathy Mears, long-time Horticulture Barn Superintendent. The 2019 Cheers, Steers and Volunteers theme easily lived up to its name. Cheers were heard from revelers of all ages on the looping carnival rides and during the final gavel on 4-H and FFA animal sales. Steers and broncs were in abundance during the good for the blood pressure nighttime rodeo competitions. Volunteerism, as always, was showcased during four-day community fest.
Rodeo enthusiasts were not disappointed during the Yakima Valley Fair & Rodeo’s Pro-West 2019 competition held last week. According to YVFR officials, more than 200 contestants participated over two evenings, to crowds in excess of 2,000. Despite the late summer heat, rain and humidity, passion and attendance for the arena sports was high and the payout for placement in the rodeo events, generous. Local winners included the Team Roping duo of Chris Hayes of Benton City and Chance Hays of Prosser who earned 5th Place and $312 per man.