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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, July 22, 2015
Thurston County Fair Office at BodnarK@co.thurston.wa.us or (360) 786-5453

Fun-Filled Entertainment and Events at the Thurston County Fair
Live and Local concert series, Savor South Sound tastings part of 2015 highlights

This year's Thurston County Fair is chock full of sights, sounds, tastes and good old fashioned fun to entertain the whole family from Wednesday, July 29 through Sunday, August 2.

Savor South Sound beverage tastings
The Savor South Sound beverage tasting event is back this year and better than ever, featuring dozens of delectable Northwest drinks. You'll find Savor South Sound on the Gazebo Green with tastings from a dozen cideries, breweries and wineries on Friday, July 31 and Saturday, August 1 between 5 and 10 p.m. Patrons must be 21 or over to enter the event. Get more Savor South Sound details at www.ThurstonCountyFair.org.

Live & Local concert series
If you are looking for even more reasons to visit the fair this year, then consider the line-up of local entertainers that will be delighting crowds with their sizzling summer sounds during the "Live & Local" concert series that is free with your fair admission. The Live & Local line-up features South Sound favorites like East Bay on Thursday, Backlash on Friday, and The Great Pretenders on Saturday, all playing on the Main Stage sponsored by Les Schwab Tires. And be sure to catch this year's KACS Sunday Concert featuring Holly Starr.

Savor the sounds of the Live & Local line-up on the Food Court Stage, including Hook Me Up on Thursday, The Pine Hearts on Friday, and Oly Mountain Boys on Saturday. Get more Live & Local details and other entertainment information at www.ThurstonCountyFair.org by clicking on the "Entertainment" link.

New events in 2015 include fun games and contests like the Diaper Derby on Heritage Green at 11 a.m. Thursday, followed by the Father-Son look-alike contest and the Mother-Daughter look-alike contest at
1:30 p.m.

Join us on Heritage Green on Friday for a Rubber Chicken Toss at 11:30 a.m., a Water Balloon Toss at
1:30 p.m. and a Watermelon Eating Contest at 3 p.m.

Saturday's contests include a Bubble Gum Blowing Contest at 10:30 a.m. and a Pie Eating Contest at 2 p.m., and Sunday's events include a Seed Spitting Contest at 11 a.m. and a Hay Scramble at 2:30 p.m., all on Heritage Green.

There are also several fan favorites making a comeback this year at the fair, including:
  • One Buck Wednesday is July 29 when admission is just $1 per person when you bring a non-perishable food donation for the Thurston County Food Bank. Tons of other $1 deals are featured inside the fair.

  • Kid's Day Thursday is July 30. Kids 14 and under pay just $2 for admission, and enjoy the carnival armband "Buddy Special"—get two armbands for the price of one when you and a buddy are both present at the time of purchase. Don't forget, admission for kids 5 and under is always FREE at the fair!

  • Military Appreciation Day is Friday, July 31. Active duty and retired military personnel and their families can get $2 admission to the fair with your military ID.

  • Author's Corner is back in the Sokolik Building and will once again feature local authors selling books, greeting fans, and autographing everything from children's books to crime dramas.

  • The Thurston County Commissioners Annual Pancake Breakfast on Saturday, August 1 from 8:30 to
    10 a.m. Breakfast is free with fair admission. Join us at Gazebo Green on the east side of Heritage Hall.

  • The annual Animal Market Sale will be in the Hicks Lake Barn on Saturday, August 1 at 6 p.m.

  • The annual 4-H Equine Western Games begin early at 8 a.m. on Sunday, Aug. 2.

  • The second annual Rescue Pet Round Up will be on Sunday, August 2 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. in the Hicks Lake Barn where you can meet all of our furry friends who are available for adoption.

For more information about these events and other fair entertainment and attractions, go to www.ThurstonCountyFair.org and click on the "Daily Events Calendar" link.

The last day to purchase discount carnival ride armbands is Tuesday, July 28. Visit www.ThurstonCountyFair.org and click on the discount passes and armbands link for more discount this year's discounts and deals.

To learn more about all of this year's events, entertainment and exhibits, contact the Thurston County Fair Office at (360) 786-5453 or visit www.ThurstonCountyFair.org.

"Picture Yourself at the Thurston County Fair!"
July 29 - Aug. 2


County Commissioners:

Carolina Mejia
District 1

Gary Edwards
District 2

Tye Menser
District 3