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The Setting

Yakima is the County Seat of government for nearly 240,000 people set in the heart of the Yakima Valley, a 6,000 square mile basin with nearly 4,300 operating farms. There are rivers and streams traversing the valley floor and rolling hills and mountains circling the valley, a temperate climate and fertile land producing fruits, cherries, vegetables, wine, hops, grains, cattle, dairy products, hay, mint, onions and a host of other agricultural crops.

The site is central to Washington, a region that is home to over 1.6 million people. State Fair Park is approximately 120 miles from Seattle; about 142 miles from Spokane and 70 miles from The Tri-Cities Area. Beyond Washington State, the site is 361 miles from Boise, Idaho, 186 miles from Portland, Oregon and 277 miles from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Yakima is within a four hour drive zone that has a resident population of over 12 million people. The County and City of Yakima hosts a tourist population that spends $356 million annually.

Transportation to and through the City of Yakima is provided by freeway, state highways, railroads and air services. State Fair Park is situated near US Interstate 82 and is accessed from the freeway by two off-ramps designated as exits 33 and 34 by Washington Department of Transportation. Currently, there are 1.6 million vehicles passing by the site within a twelve month time frame. The 110.6 acre property is bounded on the south by East Nob Hill Boulevard, to the west by Fair Avenue, the north by Pacific Avenue and the east by 18th Street, and is thus accessible from all four sides.

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