Miss those beloved elephant ears and carnival rides?

It won't be long before they'll be available once again at the Spokane County Interstate Fair, running Sept. 10-19.

This will be the 103rd year for the fair, themed "Flock to the fair, we'll see ewe there!" And with the addition of four new food buildings, a Spokane Idol competition and two days of motor sports, organizers said they expect to see more than the 211,000 people who attended last year as long as the clouds stay away.

"We're just hoping for 10 days of good weather," said Dolly Hughes, fair director.

The rodeo, usually held near the end of the fair, will now be at the beginning, running Sept. 10-12. At the end of the week will be two days of motor sports, Sept. 17-18, including motorcycles, monster trucks and four-wheel All Terrain Vehicles. The traditional Demolition Derby will be Sept. 19. All events will take place at the Grandstand Arena.

Eighties rock band Night Ranger will perform Sept. 14 at the Grandstand, with country music artist Gary Allan performing Sept. 15.

Local talent show Spokane Idol will take place Sept. 13 at the Grandstand. Tryouts will be held at NorthTown Mall, 4750 N. Division, Aug. 21 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., with five finalists selected to compete at the fair. The winner will travel to California, where he or she will perform in front of the producers of the hit television show "American Idol."

Four new separate buildings replace the old food row building.

SIDEBAR: IF YOU GO AdmissionChildren 5 years of age and under can attend the fair for free, but it will cost $3 for children ages 6 to 11, $5.50 for students ages 12 to 17 and senior citizens age 65 and over, and $8 for adults. There is an opening-day special on Sept. 10 where admission is free for children ages 11 and under and senior citizens ages 65 and older. All others must pay $4. Tickets for the fair are on sale now at discounted rates at various locations. Advance tickets cost $2 for children ages 6 to 11, $4 for students ages 12 to 17 and senior citizens ages 65 and older, and $6 for adults. More information, including locations of advance ticket sales, is available at www.spokanecounty.org/fair.

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