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Yakima is the county seat of Yakima County. It occupies the west bank of its namesake river, along Interstate 82.

Settled in the late 1850s, the town blossomed with the railroad's arrival in 1884. It was incorporated in 1886 as North Yakima; the name was shortened in 1918. The city is named after the Yakama Indian Nation, now residents of a large reservation nearby.

Today Yakima, population 71,845, is the processing and shipping hub of a productive irrigated area, which produces fruit, hops and mint. It also is the northern gateway to the Yakima Valley Wine Appellation, home of more than 20 vineyards and wineries.

Forest products, packaging materials and aircraft parts industries also help Yakima's economy. Of interest are the State Fair Park, Mount Rainier National Park and a state fish hatchery. The annual Yakima Folklife Festival is held in July.

Yakima is part of the Yakima, WA metro area.

Central Washington State Fair | Church On The Move |
Restaurants, Cafes, Delis, Bakeries Barrett Orchards | Grant's Yakima Brewing Company | The Apple Stop |
Golf Apple Tree Golf Course |
History Yakima Valley Museum |
Motels, Hotels, and Resorts Doubletree Hotel Yakima Valley |
Residential and Commercial Real Estate Nestor Hernandez Real Estate Agent | Yakima KOA |
Shopping Yakima Farmers Market |
Transportation Yakima Electric Railway Museum | Washington's Fruit Place Visitor Center |
Wildlife Viewing Mapleway Vet Clinic | Tieton Drive Animal Clinic |

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12/05 Coming to The area
Seattle Japanese Cultural Festival Seattle WA April26-28 The festival features Japanese exhibits, performances, and demonstrations. Held at the Seattle Center in the Fisher Pavilion. The annual festival began in 1976 with a gift of 1,000 cherry trees to the city of Seattle from the Japanese government to celebrate the U.S. Bicentennial.
Apple Blossom Festival Wenatchee WA April1-May5 A delicious part of the Apple Blossom Festival is the Washington State Apple Blossom Festival Food Fair.
Leavenworth Spring Bird Fest Leavenworth WA May16-19 Learn about the wide variety of migratory birds that come here for a brief, but important part of their year: the breeding season. Hear the songs sung only during the breeding season.
Columbia Gorge Wine and Pear Fest Hood River OR May18-19 Start off the weekend with friends and fun featuring Columbia Gorge wineries and eateries. Highlights include entertainment, live music, wine tasting, great food, fruit exhibits with samples, and local artisans.
Northwest Folklife Festival Seattle WA May24-27 Music and dance performances, visual arts, folklore exhibits, hands-on children's activities, workshops, crafts, food, demonstrations, and more!
Gorge Blues and Brews Festival Stevenson WA June21-22 Fine collection of local craft brews and local wines, a multitude of phenomenal foods, and great blues music, while benefiting local charities in the Columbia Gorge.