Highland Community Days (now the Highland Country Fair) holds special memories for me. My grandparents, who lived on Funkhouser Road in Tieton, would round up us grandkids to watch the parade on Saturday morning. We would sit in the back of my grandma's blue El Camino.

As I got a little older I would ride my horse in the parade. I would get him all cleaned up, braid his mane and tail the night before so that when I took it out the next morning it was full of black gorgeous waves. I would polish my saddle and bridle. My saddle was my grandpa's, which meant a lot to me.

I would win ribbons, but what meant the most to me was seeing my grandpa's face as I would ride by him, waving at me. It was a look of pride on his face.

The Highland Country Fair starts today at 12:30 p.m. and runs through Sunday at 3 p.m. in Tieton.

You may know the Highland Country Fair by its original name, Highland Community Days, which has been going on for decades. Don't let the name change scare you. The Highland Country Fair still has the parade Saturday morning at 10, along with street dancing, food vendors and crafts booths.

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