Winds topple tents at Spokane Interstate Fair

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by WHITNEY WARD & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on September 15, 2013 at 11:04 PM

Updated Monday, Sep 16 at 6:37 PM

SPOKANE COUNTY, Wash. --  Heavy winds hit the Spokane County Fairgrounds just after the Spokane County  Interstate Fair closed Sunday night.

The fair closed at 8 p.m. and the winds started up around 9 p.m. and it only got worse. Witnesses said the Ferris wheel was swaying back and forth. Some vendors had just left their booths as the storm hit.

"I blew a tire last night rushing back. The dust on my windshield and when the rain hit it turned straight to mud. Lost vision," said Jared Kennedy.

Many vendors still had tents up. Thomas Tacklebury with Leonidas Catering said his tent had four 400 pound barrels weighing down the tent and it still wasn’t heavy enough against the winds.

People returned to the fair site Monday morning to clean up the mess. At least a dozen vendors had significant damage and most of it was on food row.

Vendors said they enjoy being at the fairgrounds every year becuase they can usually make enough money to make it worth while. Despite Sunday's storm, they said they will be back next year.

 

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