MOSES LAKE ó Itís a tradition, down on the ranch, to start the workday with a good breakfast, and itís tradition, when it's Grant County Fair time in Moses Lake, to start the fair with a good breakfast. The annual Cowboy Breakfast is scheduled for 7 to 10 a.m. Friday at Sinkiuse Square.
Breakfast also includes a couple of events for buckaroos and the crowning of a new queen of the rodeo during the Pee Wee Rodeo, for children ages 9 and younger. Buckaroos and barrel racers line up with their stick horses at 9 a.m.
The breakfast is indeed the traditional kickoff for the fair and the Moses Lake Roundup. Itís been around for Ė well, itís been around so long nobody quite knows how long itís been. Anyway, itís been the first fair and rodeo event for more than 30 years.
The fair is Aug. 16 through 20, with the rodeo Aug. 18 through 20.
As befits a cowboy breakfast the menu includes flapjacks and coffee, along with sausage, eggs and juice. Cost is $10 for teens and adults ages 13 and older and $6 for children ages 4-12. Children ages 3 and younger are admitted free.
The Pee Wee Rodeo includes two events for boys, roping a stationary steer head and riding stick horse bucking broncos. Girls ride their stick horses around a barrel race course, and compete for the title of Little Miss Moses Lake, complete with a grand entry and a ride around the arena. The horses might be stick horses, but the queen gets a real crown and sash.
The Moses Lake Kiwanis chapter is one of the sponsors, and Kiwanis volunteers flip the flapjacks, cook the eggs, make the coffee and run the cash register. The money raised goes toward Kiwanis activities, including the Key Club chapter at Moses Lake High School, the Builders Club at Frontier Middle School and providing dictionaries for third-graders in Moses Lake public and private schools.
Michaelís on the Lake provides the pancake batter, eggs and sausage. Other sponsors include the Moses Lake Roundup Association and the Moses Lake Business Association.
Cheryl Schweizer can be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.