Adams County Harvest Festival
Adams County is the 14-th largest county in
Washington State. The territory of the county is 1,925
square miles. This county is considered to be mostly a
rural county, which is situated in southeastern
Washington. It borders Lincoln County to the north,
Franklin County to the south, Whitman County to the
east and Grant County to the west. The largest towns
are Ritzville with population of 1,730 and Othello with
It should be said that two-thirds of the county’s
population live in rural parts. Since 1883 this area has
been considered to be an agricultural county. Wheat,
apples, corn and potatoes are mostly grown in the
county. The county’s employment is also provided by
the vegetable processing and fruit processing
industries, the main ones are potato processing and
French fry manufacturing. .
The land of today’s Adams County was the territory of the
Palouse tribe. This tribe is well-known for its horses. They
ranged horses around this area. The first settlers came here
in 1869, many of them found this territory great for horse,
sheep and cattle ranching.
In 1883 Volga Germans or Russian Germans planted wheat
here in the county, and to tell you the truth they were
Very soon, by 1909, if to be precise, Adams County
became known as bread basket of the world, producing
more wheat than any other region.
In addition to its’ wonderful agriculture, Adams County can propose
unforgettable recreation attractions. For example, every year the 2nd
week-end in June is the Lind Lion's Club Combine Demolition Derby,
The 4th sat in Aug is Linds 2nd Annual Adams County Harvest
Festival and the Sandhill Cranes Festival is held by the town of
Othello. This festival is very held on the third week of March at the
Wildlife Refuge and is visited by a great number of bird watchers.
This refuge is the best place with appropriate environment for
wintering geese, ducks and other species. You can always find out
more information at wwwlindwacom
Adam County Seat is Ritzville. The town received its
name thanks to Philip Ritz, who was a subcontractor
on the Northern Pacific Railroad. The railroad allowed
him to name the station in this region and he decided
to name it Ritzville.
Ritzville is an old town with old buildings and
architecture that have survived. In 1888 much of the
town was destroyed by the fire, but its’ residents were
able to rebuilt the town.
There are two annual agricultural fairs that are held in
The Wheat Land Community Fair, which is held in Ritzville
The Adams County Fair, which take place in Othello
From the 1930s till 1981 the fair, which was held in Ritzville
was considered an official state fair, but in 1981 the Othello
Fair became an official fair of Adams County.
Othello is also famous for its annual Othello Rodeo, which
began in 1948. At first it was a usual amateur show, but in
1962 the rodeo received the status of a world championship
for professional rodeo cowboys. This event attracts
thousands of visitors annually.