Posted on Sep 16, 2018
 
Corn Booth 2018 — What a Year!!!
 
Blessed with perfect weather and the resultant record crowds, the Greater Spokane Valley Rotary Club had a banner year at this year’s Spokane County Fair. It’s a Rotary tradition that’s been going on for over 25 years!
 
Who says corn on the cob, stuffed baked potatoes, and the world-famous smoked turkey legs are the enduring favorites at the fair?  Our long lines proved that these all-American favorites are top on the list of a very, very large number of fair-goers each year—but especially this year.  When compared by three prominent chefs in the local Spokane area to other fair offerings, our smoked turkey legs were judged best fair food this year and would be worth a trip back to the corn booth just to get another one.
 
Equipped with new ovens and with the help of over 40 energized volunteers, the 10 day fair went by in a flash.  We had tremendous help from club members and many, many volunteer organizations including the Rotaract Club of Spokane, Camp Stix, Club 21, HOPE School, and the Spokane Guilds' School. 
 
In many instances, manning the booth schedule was a truly a family event.  We saw three generations of the McKinley family on one shift. All were having fun and efficiently shucking, boiling and buttering corn on the cob, dressing baked potatoes, warming hundreds of turkey legs and passing out drinks to waiting customers.  They were joined by several husband and wife teams who were also pulling shifts.
 
The Pepsi products that were sold to thousands of thirsty fair-goers brought a handsome profit which added to those brought in by the food items served at the booth. In all, the Greater Spokane Valley Rotary netted just over $30,000 at the fair which will go right back into the community in many forms of service and support to organizations who in turn help those most in need.  Our club provides:
 
- Books to over 2500 students in 10 elementary schools throughout the Valley and Spokane.
- 10 $1000 scholarships to graduating seniors from Valley High Schools to help with college tuition or specialty training leading to careers in the trades. 
- Support for water and education projects in countries throughout the world. 
- Contributions to the eradication of polio which is now endemic in only three nations in the world.  
 
It is Rotary’s commitment to Sevice Above Self and to serving the community that keeps our members and volunteers coming back year after year.  The work is hard, the hours are long, but seeing the good that comes from those labors is indescribably satisfying.
 
Come visit us, come join us.  You’ll find a friendly, welcoming group of individuals who all want to make a difference in the community and in the world.