SPOKANE-- The Southeast Spokane County Fair kicked off Friday in Rockford. It's one of the oldest in Washington State.
Budget cutbacks forced the fair to get creative in 2010 but the community came together and things looked much better in 2012.
Supporters have worked together to bring in outside money after they lost state funding.
People who've been a part of this fair for decades told KREM 2 News it's important to keep up the tradition.
The state paid for a majority of expenses before 2010, now donors and new events at the fair make up that money.
Vendors said it’s good for their business because the crowds are into local products and supporting their neighbors.
The fair is open all weekend long.