San Juan County Fair returns in person Aug. 17–20

Posted August 5, 2022 at 9:36 am by

An aerial view of the 2018 San Juan County Fair

Coun­ty Parks & Fair shares a look at the upcom­ing Coun­ty Fair, which kicks off in less than two weeks.

The San Juan Coun­ty Fair is back in per­son for the first time since the start of the COVID-19 pan­dem­ic. With new food ven­dors, thou­sands of entries, a car­ni­val, and an esti­mat­ed 8,000 atten­dees, the event — which runs from Aug. 17–20 — is a cel­e­bra­tion of our county’s tal­ents, inter­ests, and unique qualities.

“Every sec­tor of our com­mu­ni­ty has come togeth­er to share inter­est­ing agri­cul­tur­al and still life exhibits, deli­cious fair food, and incred­i­ble enter­tain­ment all week long,” said Parks and Fair Direc­tor Bran­don Cadwell.

This year’s theme is a bin­go ref­er­ence — Two Lit­tle Ducks; Quack, Quack! – which refers to when I‑22 is called dur­ing a bin­go game. In hon­or of the theme, night­ly bin­go games will be held every evening at the Com­mu­ni­ty Stage. It’s free to play and prizes await.

The fair show­cas­es near­ly 30 open class and 4‑H depart­ments includ­ing bak­ing, food preser­va­tion, cat­tle, fiber and tex­tile arts, and pho­tog­ra­phy. The Car­ni­val opens around noon dai­ly and the food court is stocked with some­thing for everyone.

Local favorites includ­ing high noon games, the Trash­ion Fash­ion show, Fair Feud, and the Zuc­chi­ni 500, are com­ing back to the fair. Atten­dees can meet Matt Hen­ry, a world cham­pi­on jug­gler — also known as The Bub­ble Man — at the Com­mu­ni­ty Stage every day, or sit in on dozens of edu­ca­tion­al talks at the Agri­cul­tur­al Awning and the Green Village.

“The music line-up this year incor­po­rates great region­al bands from San Fran­cis­co, Reno, and Seat­tle to name a few,” said Caleb Turn­er, the orga­niz­er of this year’s musi­cal acts. “We have world class musi­cians play­ing along­side local talent.”

Jam out to the var­i­ous musi­cal acts every evening at the Main Stage. On Wednes­day, dis­cov­er the Coun­ty Fair House Band and Seat­tle-based band Whalien – an eclec­tic, high-ener­gy rock-fusion band. Thurs­day fea­tures psy­che­del­ic rock band For­est Ray and Fri­day gives atten­dees a chance to get funky with the True Loves. On Sat­ur­day, folk band Bolero! takes the Main Stage. The four days also fea­ture local acts like Riv­er Rye, San Juan Island All Star Band, and Mudbath.

Thanks to San Juan Tran­sit, fair­go­ers from oth­er islands can ride a free shut­tle to the fair­grounds. The shut­tle is timed with every inter­is­land boat and helps make the event acces­si­ble to walk-ons.

“The Fair is the biggest and bright­est event that show­cas­es the best of the islands,” said Cad­well. “I hope every­one can come out to cel­e­brate the community.”

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One comment...

  1. It will be awe­some! One cor­rec­tion: Bin­go num­bers have 15 num­bers assigned to a letter.
    B 1–15
    I 16–30
    N 31–45
    G 46–60
    O 61–75
    So two lit­tle ducks is I‑22

    Comment by Brad Fincher on August 5, 2022 at 10:03 am

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