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Fair Workers Prepare for Opening, Hope for Better Weather Than Last Year

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YAKIMA, WA. -- Thousands of visitors are getting ready to head to Yakima for the Central Washington State Fair. It's amazing how fast it all gets set up. It's literally like a city rises out of the ground overnight. 

Fair workers are working around the clock in preparation of Friday's opening. This year there will be more than 300 vendors and dozens of rides, as there always is.

But fair officials say the biggest draw is by far, the food. And they will be more than 80 stands for the grub of your choice. 

It's an event that draws in tons of families. 

"People will come out and enjoy the food," Fair spokesperson Rob Phillips said. "Obviously we have all kinds of entertainment. Free entertainment. The carnival with the rides, the kids love that. So it's the biggest family entertainment event in Eastern Washington. We draw 300,000 people."

Last year's fair attendance was a little below average. Fair workers say that's because of the seven days of rain we had. Rain isn't exactly the best fair going weather.

Rob Phillips also said he'll be watching our very own Tim Adams to get the forecast this year. They want some sunshine Tim!