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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, July 27, 2015
Thurston County Fair Office at BodnarK@co.thurston.wa.us or (360) 786-5453

Last Call for Discount Carnival Armbands
More fair discounts Wednesday, Thursday and Friday

Tuesday, July 28 is the final day to save $5 on carnival armbands for the Thurston County Fair. The fair opens Wednesday, July 29 at 10 a.m., and while carnival armband discounts will be gone, other discounts on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday at the fair will get you savings for the whole herd!

One Buck Wednesday, July 29
One Buck Wednesday is back on July 29 with tons of one-buck discounts and deals. Admission to the fair is only $1 per person on One Buck Wednesday when you bring a non-perishable food donation for each person. Other One Buck Wednesday specials can be found inside the fair gates, including all carnival rides for just a buck per ride all day, one buck food specials, and other One Buck Wednesday deals at participating vendors. The fair is open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Wednesday, July 29.

Kid's Day on Thursday, July 30
Thursday, July 30 is the return of Kid's Day when kids 14 and under can purchase admission tickets for just $2 each. Join us at the fair on Kid's Day 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. (no advance purchase available for Buddy Day special). Don't forget, admission for kids 5 and under is always FREE at the fair! Kid's Day on Thursday, July 30 is sponsored by Mixx 96.1 FM, and the fair is open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Military Appreciation Day on Friday, July 31
On Friday, July 31 the fair will once again celebrate Military Appreciation Day when active duty and retired military personnel and their families can get $2 admission to the fair with their military ID. Military Appreciation Day on Friday, July 31 is sponsored by The Northwest Guardian newspaper, and the fair is open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Daily Dessert Contests
It's not too late to test your best baking skills at the fair this year. Enter the Dessert of the Day contests during fair week. Just present your delectable dessert at the gate and get free admission to the fair for the day!
  • Thursday, July 30—Chocolate Cake Contest
  • Friday, July 31—Cookie Contest
  • Saturday, August 1—"Berry Best Pie" Contest sponsored by Spooner's Berry Farms
  • Sunday, August 2—Cupcake Contest
Check the 2015 Exhibitor's Guide for all of the Dessert of the Day contest rules at www.ThurstonCountyFair.org/exhibitor_guide.htm.

Take a ride TO the Fair
If you're looking to save the hassle and save some money, try taking a ride to the fair. Intercity Transit Route 68 has stops right next to the Thurston County Fairgrounds on Carpenter Road. Go to intercitytransit.com to plan your trip to the fair and let us do the driving.

The fair also has free bus shuttle service from two parking lots during fair week. Park for free at the North Thurston School District Bus Barn about 1 mile north of the fairgrounds on Carpenter Road, or at Woodland Elementary School at 4630 Carpenter Road. Bus shuttles will run from 8 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, and 8 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Sunday. Parking at the fairgrounds is $5 per day.

Last Call for Discount Carnival Armbands
Discount carnival ride armband sales end Tuesday, July 28, so get yours before they're gone only at the Thurston County Fair Office for $19 each—that's $5 off the regular price. Carnival ride armbands are good for unlimited carnival rides for one day during the 2014 fair that runs Wednesday, July 29 through Sunday, August 2. Admission to the fair is not included in the carnival ride armband purchase.

To learn more about 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