of the Fair - Over 130
Years of Thurston County Fairs
The first Thurston
County Fair was held in 1871 at the Columbia Hall (the present-day
4th Avenue Tavern). It was not called a fair, but instead
a Mutual Aid Fair, aimed to aid farmers and agriculture, and
to aid the development of our area by encouraging immigration.
The superintendent of the Fair was R. G. Stuart, and the Fair
was a huge success, covering both floors of the building.
A lot has changed in 130 years, but the Fair remains a key event
in Thurston County every year.
a Fair History Buff! See a decade by decade overview of
still remember where I was on the night of..." How
many times have we heard our grandparents talk about the
end of World War I like it was yesterday, or our parents
reminisce about peace, love, and harmony during the 1960s?
Ever wonder what was going on with the Fair while these
and other world-shaking events were
a peak at our collection of interesting and entertaining memorabilia.