by Chey Scott
Not to be a downer, but this weekend is the last official full weekend of summer. The first day of fall is next Saturday. So, with that in mind, here are some fun things you could do this weekend to cap off Summer 2012, or to celebrate the coming of fall - whichever is more your style.
The Spokane County Interstate Fair wraps up this Sunday, so if you've been meaning to go, this is your last chance.
Through the weekend, at several different times each day, the always-entertaining kids' Mutton Bustin' competition will be held, during which competitors basically hang on to a pissed-off sheep for as long as they can without falling off. Don't worry - they wear helmets.
If moseying around and just seeing the animals, exhibits and demonstrations is more your thing, there will be lots of that until the end, too, including butter-churning demos, rope making demos, and ribbon awarding ceremonies for all kinds of neat farm animals.
Tonight, (Friday) '90s blues group Blues Traveler takes the main stage at 7 pm. Tickets are $10-$20 in addition to general gate admission.
Saturday's big event is the Monster Truck Show, taking place at both 2 pm and 7 pm.
The last big event to close out this year's fair is the Demolition Derby on Sunday at 4 pm.
Two more big outdoor events will take place around Spokane this weekend, including Sustainable Uprising, a celebration of the Inland Northwest's great youth culture. See sustainable vendors, up-and-coming local fashion prodigies, and lots of art that showcases Spokane's more progressive generation. The event takes place all along the Main Ave. block between Division and Browne, and includes a concert by local favorites Mirror Mirror, The Strangers, Concept and Nude Pop. Head to the street fair any time from 7 pm to midnight to join in on the fun.
If you're looking for a good time to get your workout in this weekend, why not participate in GU's annual 5K fundraiser, The Human Race? The event on Saturday morning benefits Partners in Health, an international nonprofit that raises money for health care in poor communities around the world. The race was founded by Kristina Glover, a former GU Law student who started the event in 2007 and passed away from cancer the following year.