Public Access is Closed to MOST County Facilities Due to COVID-19.

In response to Governor Inslee's Stay Home, Stay Healthy Order and Safe Start Plan, Thurston County continues to operate under an essential services model. This is in effect
until Thurston County enters Phase 3 of the Safe Start Plan. Courts and other elected offices may operate under different hours or restrictions.

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Thurston County Fairgrounds & Event Center is currently closed to the public through May 31, 2020.
We will continue to be available by email and phone.
For current Thurston County response to the COVID-19 pandemic,
please visit Thurston County Health Department COVID-19 info page

​Under recommendation from the Thurston County Fair Board, the Board of County Commissioners has cancelled the 2020 Thurston County Fair in response to COVID-19.
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​May 14, 2020

To the citizens of Thurston County:

As president of the Thurston County Fairboard, I voice the regret of the entire board that the decision was made to close the fair. Historically, there have only been two other times when the fair closed for medical reasons – the Spanish flu epidemic in 1918 and the Polio scare in the early 1950s. Now again, with a heavy heart, the fair board made the recommendation to the county commissioners that we close the fair. It was not an easy decision to make, taking into consideration the fact that 4-H and FFA members, in particular, would not be able to exhibit their projects. We ARE, however, going to have some sort of sale for the members who have been raising animals for the market sale so they can re-coop their expenses.

On a brighter note, we ARE looking forward to 2021 when we will celebrate the 150th birthday of the county fair. We plan to have a great celebration with a fair that is "Still nifty at 150." We hope to see you all at this historic event AND that you will consider participating as well.


Ann Shipley, President

Thurston County Fairboard

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