The Wrangler’s Rodeo Breakfast was held at Pioneer Pavilion last Friday for the second consecutive year to kick off the 2013 Washington State Fair.
At $2 per person for sausage, eggs, pancakes, juice and coffee, it was a not-to-be-missed, affordable event. All money raised went directly to the Washington State Fair Foundation to help fund their scholarship program benefiting local students.
The breakfast, sponsored by the Washington State Fair Rodeo Wranglers, started at 7:30 a.m. and ended right before the Rodeo Parade and the opening of the first day of the fair. It was co-chaired by Wranglers Jim Kraft and Scotty Getchell.
Jim Wick, owner of It’s Greek to Me, offered the use of his kitchen, staff and utensils and was busy flipping pancakes. Volunteers from The Forum served drinks and U.S. Foods generously donated the food.
Other local restaurants participating and volunteering were Crockett’s, Trackside Pizza, The Powerhouse, Charlie’s and the Firehouse Pub.
Talleen Foerster, chief organizer and floor leader, coordinated last year’s event and was back again this year.
“It is a fun event,” she said. “This year we have great volunteers.”
Kraft said Foerster executed the production of all of the food from the time the doors opened until they closed.
More than 600 people attended the breakfast and Getchell said he thought the rain might have kept the attendance down a bit from last year.
Even so, people flocked through the doors, shaking rain off drippy umbrellas and dug in their pockets for two bucks for the meal. All the tables were full and volunteers were busy keeping food cleared and coffee cups filled.
Cindy and Lee Morey and Dorothy Ray, all day clean up workers at the fair, stopped by for breakfast before their first shift of the day.
Ninth grade students from Aylen Jr. High Nate Johnson, Truman Roberts and Draden Glover volunteered to serve food and Wrangler Jamie Gregory served as MC for the event.
Eileen Smith brought her four-year-old granddaughter Eden Smith who was visiting from Salt Lake City. Smith said they were looking forward to the parade and the fair.
“Eden is really anxious to see the Pig Palace,” she said
First timers Alice and Mark Larson live in Edgewood and said they planned to head right to the fair after breakfast.
“This is really good food for $2 and it is great to be served by the Aylen students,” Alice said.
The Washington State Fair Rodeo Wranglers number close to 100 members, Kraft said. In addition to volunteering at the Justin Boots Rodeo Playoffs over the weekend, the group presents other events throughout the year.Joan Cronk is a freelance reporter for the Herald.