HeraldNet Ticket Giveaway

Fill out my online form.
The Herald of Everett, Washington
HeraldNet on Facebook HeraldNet on Twitter HeraldNet RSS feeds HeraldNet Pinterest HeraldNet Google Plus HeraldNet Youtube
HeraldNet Newsletters  Newsletters: Sign up | Manage  Green editions icon Green editions
Go See Do Header

Calendar

Splash! Summer guide

Weekend to-do list
HeraldNet Newsletter Delivered to your inbox each week.
Published: Friday, August 23, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

State fair provides plenty of fun for all

  • Connor Wagner, 8 (center) attempts to ring a rubber duck at last year's Evergreen State Fair in Monroe.

    Joe Dyer / Herald file 2012

    Connor Wagner, 8 (center) attempts to ring a rubber duck at last year's Evergreen State Fair in Monroe.

  • The Giant Wheel lights up the midway as it rotates at the Evergreen State Fair in 2011.

    Mark Mulligan / The Herald

    The Giant Wheel lights up the midway as it rotates at the Evergreen State Fair in 2011.

  • Andrew S., 11, sits with his award winning family dogs at the Evergreen State Fair in Monroe last year.

    Joe Dyer / Herald file 2012

    Andrew S., 11, sits with his award winning family dogs at the Evergreen State Fair in Monroe last year.

Monster truckers, rodeo performers and musicians come from all over to be part of the Evergreen State Fair.
But it's the community that sets the local gem apart.
"The entertainment is a lot of fun, but the quality of our exhibits -- the barns, the animals, the quilts -- that's what makes us unique," said Hal Gausman, manager of the Evergreen State Fairgrounds and Park.
"It's just a big community party."
And there will be no shortage of community at this year's event.
Families will be blowing bubblegum, throwing Frisbees and eating pie.
Local 4-H and FFA animal exhibitors will show off dogs, llamas, cattle, pigs and piglets, and "the best collection of rabbits you'll ever see anywhere," Gausman said.
And they've added a robot-building section to the 4H exhibits.
Food vendors will serve elephant ears, purple cows, blooming onions and other, move adventurous foods.
"Basically, if you're not afraid to eat almost anything, you can find it out here," Gausman said.
He said visitors can expect interesting variations of popcorn this year.
Close to the food vendors is the family stage for visitors who didn't get tickets to the fair's grandstand stage entertainment. Jugglers, comic magicians and musicians will give free performances on the Pepsi Family Stage between the south end of the arena and the north end of the grandstand.
The fair offers three days of barrel racing, bull riding, steer wrestling and calf roping at the Pro West Rodeo and drag races, demolition derbies and other car events, available with tickets.
Familes can also cheer on squealing racers at the fair's legendary all-Alaskan pig races, watch the saw-offs, log rolls, axe throws and spare pole climbs at the fair's International Lumberjack Show and pick apples, gather eggs, dig for potatoes and milk a cow at the fair's free Farmer for the Day spots.
"It's just a great place to come out, spend the day and make memories," Gausman said.
The Evergreen State Fair opened Thursday and continues through Sept. 2 at its Monroe fairgrounds, 14405 179th Ave. SE.
Regular gate admission $10 for adults, $7 for seniors and youth and free for ages 5 and younger or 90 and older.
Parking is $8 on weekdays, $10 on weekends. Season and half-season parking passes are available.
Tickets are available online or by calling 800-514-3849, ext. 2.
For more information, call 360-805-6700. For a complete schedule of events, go to www.evergreenfair.org.
Ashley Stewart: 425-339-3037; astewart@heraldnet.com.
Story tags » Community festivalsFamily funGo See Do

Share your comments: Log in using your HeraldNet account or your Facebook, Twitter or Disqus profile. Comments that violate the rules are subject to removal. Please see our terms of use. Please note that you must verify your email address for your comments to appear.

You are logged in using your HeraldNet ID. Click here to update your profile. | Log out.

Our new comment system is not supported in IE 7. Please upgrade your browser here.

comments powered by Disqus
digital subscription promo

Subscribe now

Unlimited digital access starting at 99 cents, or included with any print subscription.

HeraldNet highlights

Starting nine
Starting nine: Tasting beers under the sun at the Everett Craft Beer Fest
Looking for a friend?
Looking for a friend?: Animals up for adoption at the Everett shelter (new photos)
Change of focus
Change of focus: Photography gives retired deputy a new purpose
Growing pains
Growing pains: Lake Stevens makes plans to cope with rapid expansion