What is the Fair?
The mission of the Thurston County Fair is
to provide a community celebration that educates, promotes, and showcases the
agricultural, business, industry, and home life of Thurston County citizens of
What Happens at the Fair?
The fair has many contests and
competitions for area residents to both participate in and see on display.
Events and exhibits range from home arts and photography to livestock and
commercial booths. Many community groups hold demonstrations and hands-on
activities. Kids' games, free musical entertainment, great food, fun carnival
rides, Youth Market Animal Sale, and petting farm are also highlights at the
The Fair is for You!
You are invited to exhibit in several categories including: arts &
crafts, photography, baking, sewing, collections, gardening, woodworking,
Whether you build model planes, shear sheep, or bake pies there is a category
for everyone! An Exhibitor's Guidebook is available on-line
and at the Fair office. To get started, pick up an Exhibitor's
Guide, it's easy and fun
to "show your stuff", and win ribbons and prizes at the fair.
Open Class, 4-H, or
The fair is divided into three department
areas; Open Class, 4-H, and FFA. To determine the appropriate area for you to
enter in, read the descriptions below.
Open Class is
the department area that is open to anyone and everyone! All ages and skill levels can enter in
Open Class. Generally, there is no entry fee, but the animal areas require an
4-H is the youth development program of Washington State University Extension. Nationwide, 4-H is conducted in partnership with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, state land-grant universities,
and county governments. School-age youth in kindergarten through 19 years may exhibit as a 4-H member if they are enrolled in 4-H with the Thurston County 4-H Office by May 1 of the current 4-H year.
There is no entry fee to exhibit in 4-H. To contact the WSU Thurston County Extension 4-H Office, call (360) 867-2157 or e-mail
FFA is a
youth organization connected with the public school system. Only students
enrolled in an FFA program through their high school
may exhibit in this area. There is no entry fee to exhibit in FFA.
Thurston County Fair Dates:
- August 1 - August 5
- July 31 - August 4
- July 29 - August 2