It’s not too soon to start making plans for this year’s Cowlitz County Fair, coming up from Thursday, July 28th through Sunday, the 31st. Fair officials announced yesterday that tickets for this year’s Thunder Mountain Pro Rodeo are now available for purchase. This year’s rodeo is set for Friday the 29th and Saturday, the 30th. Tickets are available at the Fair office, located at 19 hundred 7th Avenue in Longview. That’s just one of the major events coming up at this year’s Cowlitz County Fair; at 7 pm on Thursday, the 28th, country music star Jo Dee Messina will perform in the rodeo arena; advance tickets for that show are now on sale at Bob’s Sporting Goods, Link’s Four Corners General Store, the Bridgeview Tobacco Shop and at Team Pro Caliber Motorsports. On Sunday, at 2 pm, the annual Demolition Derby will be staged. Another highlight for this year’s fair is the first-ever Homebrew competition, where home beer makers will be able to compete for awards. Full details on this year’s fair are available on the Cowlitz County Fair website, or by calling 577-3121.