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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, July 29, 2016
Thurston County Fair Office, (360) 786-5453, or BodnarK@co.thurston.wa.us

Fun-Filled Entertainment and Events at the Thurston County Fair
Live and Local concert series, Savor South Sound tastings part of 2016 highlights

OLYMPIA - This year's Thurston County Fair is chock full of sights, sounds, and tastes to entertain the whole herd from Wednesday, August 3, through Sunday, August 7.

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 this year with tastings from a dozen cideries, breweries, and wineries on Friday and Saturday between 5pm and 10pm. Patrons must be 21 or older to enter the event. Get more Savor South Sound details at www.ThurstonCountyFair.org by selecting the "Entertainment" tab.

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 on the Food Court features South Sound favorites like The Pine Hearts followed by the Oly Mountain Boys performing on Friday, August 5, and East Bay performing on Saturday, August 6. And playing on the Les Schwab stage Friday, August 5, is Six Pack Pretty, and Saturday August 6, is Chris Guenther. Also be sure to catch this year's KACS Sunday Concert featuring Dan Bremnes and Scott Riggan. Get more Live & Local details and other entertainment information at www.ThurstonCountyFair.org by selecting the "Entertainment" tab.

Events on The Green
A new event on The Green in 2016 will be a Slug Shooting Contest at 11am, Friday, August 5. We also have some favorite old time fun games which include:
  • Friday, August 5 - Diaper Derby at 2pm, and a Rubber Chicken Toss at 5pm.
  • Saturday, August 6 - Father-Son look-alike contest and a Mother-Daughter look-alike contest at 5pm, Hula Hoop Contest at 3:30pm, and a Watermelon Eating Contest with the first group time at 2pm and the second group time at 2:30pm.
  • Sunday, August 7 - Bubble Gum Blowing Contest at 11:30am and a Hay Scramble at 2pm.
Fan Favorites
There are also several fan favorites making a comeback this year at the fair, including:
  • One Buck Wednesday, August 3 - 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, August 4 - Kids 14 and under pay just $2 for admission, and carnival armbands that get you unlimited carnival rides for the day are buy-one-get-one free for your buddy (both buddies must be present at time of purchase). Don't forget, admission for kids 5 and under is always FREE at the fair!
  • Military Appreciation Day is Friday, August 5 - Active duty and retired military personnel and their families can get $2 admission per person to the fair with your military ID.
  • Author's Corner - 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.
  • Annual Pancake Breakfast - The Thurston County Commissioners Annual Pancake Breakfast on Saturday, August 6, from 8:30-10am. Breakfast is free with fair admission. Join us on the Gazebo Green on the east side of Heritage Hall.
  • Animal Market Sale - The annual Animal Market Sale will be in the Hicks Lake Barn on Saturday, August 6, at 6pm.
  • 4-H Equine Western Games - The annual 4-H Equine Western Games begin early at 8am, on Sunday, August 7.
For more information about these events and other fair entertainment and attractions, go to www.ThurstonCountyFair.org and select the "Daily Events Calendar" link.

The last day to purchase discount carnival ride armbands is Tuesday, August 2. Visit www.ThurstonCountyFair.org and select "Fair News" for more information about discount carnival armbands and other discounts and deals.

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

"Go Quackers over the Thurston County Fair!"
Aug. 3 - Aug. 7



County Commissioners:

Carolina Mejia
District 1

Gary Edwards
District 2

Tye Menser
District 3