The Central Washington State Fair officially opened to the public at 11:00 a.m. Friday morning and they did so with a line of people waiting to get in to the fairgrounds.

The Yakima Herald reports that dozens of excited fair goers were in line when the ribbon was cut and the gates opened. Some were retirees while others were home schooled kids who could get the day off to go to the fair.

The first entrants received bead necklaces and were welcomed by the sounds of banjo music and Babe a 13-year-old Jersey cow who is stopping by the fair as part of the Animal Specialties exhibit.

Assistant Manager of the Fair Greg Lybeck told the Herald that the fair is off to a good start and that Friday morning was a strong showing.

The fair continues until September 29 with the annual Sunfair Parade taking place Saturday morning at 10:00 a.m. along Yakima Ave.