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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, May 3, 2006

Political Intrigue, Fraud and Robbery and Escaping Porcupines!

OLYMPIA -- More than 100 years of the Thurston County Fair is covered in a new history book.  This wonderful book shows how the fair both reflects and was influenced by the times, as history unfolded.  Those who pre-order the book can receive a discount. 

Who: The Thurston County Fair

What: The publication of a book covering the history of the county fair since it began in 1871 to the present. This easy to read book covers the year-to-year description of new buildings, new exhibits and contests, and also shows how current events affected the fair. AND, the story includes political intrigue, weather disasters, fraud and robbery, escaping porcupines and gilded peach pit crowns!

When: In order to obtain a slice of history in book form, you need to pre-order this approximately 250-page book by June 1st at the cost of $25. The book will be available for pick up after August 1.

How: Mail a check, made out to the Thurston County Fair Foundation, to Ann Shipley, 922 SW Plymouth St. Olympia , Washington , 98502 . If you have questions you can e-mail her at ashipley@thurston.com.

And…  We also need sponsors willing to donate $500 apiece to help fund the publishing of this book. If you would be interested in supporting this effort, please contact Ann at the e-mail address listed above.  

County Commissioners:

Carolina Mejia
District 1

Gary Edwards
District 2

Tye Menser
District 3