As Walla Walla Fair & Frontier Days picked up speed for its closing weekend, the Grand Parade kicked off Saturday morning to much fanfare, led by 2020 and 2021 parade marshals Doug and Marie Krueger.

Though another day remains in the fair’s calendar, with rides, food, entertainment and another round of rodeo at 6:30 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 5, the week has already seen a flurry of activity.

On Wednesday, legendary rock band Chicago lit up the fairgrounds' main stage; on Thursday, a demolition derby smashed things up, and country singer Lainey Wilson put them back together again. Friday marked the beginning of rodeo and also accommodated area children with Kids Day.

Saturday's parade celebrates the efforts that went into putting the fair together as well as the community where it took place.

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