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 6,120 people.
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 successful.
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 www.lindwa.com
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 Adams County:
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.