Ten Gallons of Fun @ the Thurston County Fair!
The 2011 Thurston County Fair is happening August 3-7. The fair draws a crowd of around 35,000 each year to the Lacey area for a week of fun, farm animals, food and more. Visitors enjoy a great day at the Fair and also support other local business on their way to and from the Fair. The Fair also provides additional business opportunities with more than 100 vendor booths. A beneficial economic impact to the local community has been seen each year since 1871 when the first Fair was held at Columbia Hall. That benefit continued when the Thurston County Fair made its first appearance at the current Lacey location on Carpenter Road in 1941, where it has been held continuously since 1958.
Whether you like the thrill of the carnival, or eating elephant ears and curly fries, the Fair has something for everyone. Fair visitors are invited to stroll among the award winning quilts housed in Heritage Hall or see all the hobbies and crafts in the Sokolik Building. Or, enter one of the cooking contests like the Fair Manager’s Chocolate Cake or Spooner’s Berry Pie and receive a prize and recognition in your home town. A favorite with families each year is the Kids Tractor Pull, running 3 times daily near the Main Gate.
If taking in excellent entertainment is more to your liking, the Thurston County Fair is the perfect spot. From dance groups like Tanglefoot Cloggers and Mas Uda, to local performing art ensembles like Planet Percussion the Fair offers a wide array of family entertainment. Two new comedy acts this year include, The Matt Baker Comedy + Stunt Show and Colin Ernst (Juggler, Conjurer& Master Whistler) who will perform on Thursday, Friday and Saturday of fair. Thursday will be full of energy with local bands playing the Les Schwab stage for Kid’s Day. Friday Green Time and 94.5 Roxy partner to bring J.A.W.S.- Jazz Avenue Workshop and Rhythm Fire School bands presented by Shipwreck Beads and O Bee Credit Union. The headliner for Sunday on the Les Schwab Stage is award winning, national recording artist Phil Keaggy, presented by KACS 90.5 FM.
The Thurston County Fair takes pride in supporting local youth and agriculture from throughout the county. Exhibitors from 4-H, FFA and Open Class will have animals in the barns in addition to all the other exhibits during the Fair. Visitors are invited to stop by to see the animals as they compete for ribbons and prizes for their owners. On Saturday night the Fair will host an Animal Market Sale which has raised over one million dollars for local youth participants since its inception in 1991. Sunday will be highlighted by an exciting new event as 4-H Dog Project exhibitors compete in a lively day of Dog Agility Trials and earn a spot at the State competition.
However you participate in the 2011 Thurston County Fair; as a sponsor, vendor, exhibitor, parent, or visitor, please remember to thank a volunteer for making the whole event possible. Although the county hires a handful of local residents to help with the Fair, it is primarily run by volunteers. From the Fair Board volunteers to the host and hostesses, bus drivers, department superintendents, veterinarians, project leaders, and many more, this great community tradition would not be possible without tremendous volunteer support.