Every year we get the same scam

Central WA FireOne of many fires in Central Washington this summer.
Central WA Fire

One of many fires in Central Washington this summer.

Somebody has a problem with the Ellensburg Rodeo and Kittitas County Fair. Every year he (she?) sends a similar “notice of cancellation” of the Ellensburg Rodeo and Fair with some goofy excuse. Every year it’s not true. It’s not true this year either. Sometimes you can’t make this stuff up.

(The photo is a random shot I took of one of the many fires ravaging central Washington this summer. The view North is from the outlook on the way to Yakima a couple of weeks ago. It’s “near” Ellensburg, but isn’t causing the fair to be cancelled.)

Greetings: My name is Joanna Markell and I’m Editor/General Manager for the Ellensburg Daily Record newspaper. Below are press releases that we at the Ellensburg Daily Record received earlier today and made sure to confirm by direct telephone contact with our fine County Commissioners and other associated officials. The Kittitas County Sheriff Gene Dana Kittitas County and Undersheriff Clay Myers will keep us posted. I’m attempting to notify as many people, and as soon as possible, and also through the best means possible. Sorry about any inconveniences.

Joanna Markell
Editor/General Manager Ellensburg Daily Record
509-925-1414 x241
www.dailyrecordnews.com www.facebook.com/ellensburgdailyrecord

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  CANCELED: 2014 Labor Day Ellensburg Rodeo & Fair.

We, the Kittitas County Board of Commissioners, regret to inform you that BOTH the annual Labor Day Ellensburg Rodeo and coinciding Kittitas County Fair has been CANCELED in its entirety, and includes the Ellensburg Rodeo Parade on Saturday. The rodeo had been scheduled for Friday, Aug. 29, 2014 – Monday, Sept. 1, 2014; the fair had been scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014 – Monday, Sept. 1, 2014. The cancellation is due to the inconveniences of recent wildfires, recent major maintenance problems, and more important, sudden complications which may be discussed at later time It would be most appreciated if you’d assist by letting as many people know as you can, and getting the word out as quickly as possible. This includes informing Facebook friends and any other network of friends, acquaintances, or any others, that the Ellensburg Rodeo and Kittitas County Fair will NOT take place this Labor Day Weekend

Remember – this email isn’t true, but it is funny. My favorite line is “sudden complications which may be discussed at a later time…”

About the Author

Ross
I am the Director of the Department of Early Learning for Washington State. I formerly represented the 48th Legislative District in the State House of Representatives, chairing the Appropriations committee and spent many a year at Microsoft.