The hottest ticket in town; the Eighth Annual Art Walk & Wine Gala
July is time for the Prosser Chamber of Commerce's 8th Annual Art Walk & Wine Gala.  On Saturday July 16, the historic streets of downtown Prosser will be transformed into a delightful garden of greenery, music and art. Yellow Rose Nursery will once again create an enchanted park in downtown Prosser complete with foliage, benches and fountains.

July 23, 2014

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Arteagas announced as Grandview Parade Grand Marshals
Ag-related businesses partner to provide free senior, handicapped Fair transportation
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Employees of RDO Equipment in Sunnyside display the tow vehicle the company will make available for transporting attendees at the Yakima Valley Fair and Rodeo who could use a lift from the front gate to various fair attractions. Pictured, from right, Travis Hanger, RDO store manager, Ike Malson, regional sales manager, and Eric Garza, in-store sales. RDO Sunnyside will partner with K&D Machine in Grandview, which is manufacturing a custom, eight-passenger trailer for the permanent user of the YVFR Foundation for fair transport.
By Richard Burger
A partnership between two local-area ag-related businesses will make it much easier and comfortable for those with special transportation needs to visit the Yakima Valley Fair and Rodeo this year.
RDO Equipment, in Sunnyside, and  K&D Machine in Grandview are partnering to provide transportation from the fair main gate to various attractions throughout the fair's four-day run, Aug. 6-9.
Sunnyside RDO store manager Travis Hanger said last week that the company would make available a John Deere tractor suitable for towing a custom-made eight-passenger trailer manufactured by K&D Machine, of Grandview.
Hanger said he was contacted by board members of the YVFR Foundation to lend a vehicle for transportation, and he had initially considered making available a John Deere Gator utility vehicle.
He then decided to contact Aaron Weets, of K&D Machine, which manufacturers a variety of farm equipment, some of which is sold through RDO.
Barrett's blooming beauties
Photo by Richard Burger
Mary Barrett, Grandview's downtown flower guru, tends the large planters on Division Street last week. Barrett is employed part-time by the city during the spring and summer to keep the flowers and other landscaping healthy and tidy. She said this year's crop of petunias is a combination of new greenhouse stock and some volunteers that reseeded from last year. The variety of radiant colors and lush foliage is a testament to Barrett's tender loving care. See more downtown flower photos on page 7
By Richard Burger
Grandview Community Parade Director Jessica Hansen has announced that Cus and Candy Arteaga will be this year's parade Grand Marshals.
Cus Arteaga is Grandview City Manager and Public Works Director, and was named 2014 Person of the Year at the Chamber of Commerce Community Awards banquet.
The registration deadline for this year's parade is Aug. 1, and the event will take on a new significance this year.
Hansen has announced that admission to the Yakima Valley Fair will be just $1 for an hour after the conclusion of the parade.
Hansen said the intent of the special offer is to encourage the large crowds that attend the parade to go from the parade route to the fairgrounds main gate. Regular daily admission is $6.
Hansen said the parade schedule and route will be the same as last year.
The parade route starts at Grandview Middle School1401 W Second St and continue down Second Street until Elm, turning south until Welch's gates. End staging will be in the Welch's lot.The registration desk the day of the event will be located on West Second Street in front of Grandview Middle School. 
Theparade is scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 7, beginning at 6:30 p.m. and usually lasts about an hour.
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Cus and Candy Arteaga, Grand Marshals of the Grandview Community Parade, to be held Aug. 7, during Yakima Valley Fair and Rodeo week.
Only $1 Fair entry following parade

Meet Maxwell
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Grandview Les Schwab store manager Collin Brown and his daughter, Courtney, show off Maxwell, the Creative Sheep Contest entry she built to help promote the Yakima Valley Fair and Rodeo, which opens Aug. 6. Maxwell will be on display at the store until the beginning of the fair.