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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, July 30, 2013
Contact:
Kari Bodnar, Thurston County Fair Office at (360) 786-5453

Thurston County Fair Opens Wednesday


Mid-week merriment is guaranteed with all the laughter and ladybugs you can handle on opening day of the Thurston County Fair! The fair opens Wednesday, July 31 at 10 a.m. with the return of One Buck Wednesday 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. Food donations will benefit the Thurston County Food Bank. Fair organizers are hoping to meet or even beat last year's record donation total of eight pallets of food and over $1,400 in cash donations from generous fairgoers.

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 31.

Wednesday, July 31 is packed full of activities and entertainment for the whole family. More than 50 events, contests and performances are scheduled, including mechanical bull riding contests, the bull ride and tractor pull for kids, the kickoff of the Live & Local concert series with Artesian Rumble Arkestra and Minilla Smiles, the return of Professor Bamboozle, plus a Welcoming Ceremony with Thurston County Commissioners. (Complete July 31 events schedule below.)

For more information about these events and other fair entertainment, go to www.co.thurston.wa.us/fair and click on "Daily Events Calendar."


July 31 Thurston County Fair Events

8 a.m.
4-H Equine Jr. Div. Showmanship/Championship - Andrews Arena
4-H Dairy Goat Milk Test - Willuweit Pavilion

8:30 a.m.
4-H & FFA Rabbit & Cavy Exhibitor/Parent Meeting - Petersen Barn
4-H Cat Entry and Vet Check - Petersen Barn

8:45 a.m.
4-H Swine Exhibitors Meeting - Swine Barn

9 a.m.
4-H, FFA Dairy Judging Contest - East Arena

9:30 a.m.
4-H Cat Exhibitor Meeting - Petersen Barn

10 a.m.
4-H Beef Exhibitors Meeting - East Arena
4-H, FFA Rabbit Type Judging - Petersen Barn
Home Arts Demonstrations begin - Heritage Hall
4-H Dog Exhibitor Meeting - Chitty Barn
Savor South Sound Agriculture Appreciation Day - Heritage Hall Annex, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

10:30 a.m.
4-H Dog Judging Contest (part 1 of 2) - Chitty Barn
4-H Livestock Contestant Meeting - East Arena

11 a.m.
Bull Riding - Les Schwab Stage, 11 a.m. to noon
Cavy Knowledge Bowl - Petersen Barn
FFA & 4-H Livestock Judging Contest - West & East Arenas

11:30 a.m.
Professor Bamboozle - Food Court Stage, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

12 p.m.
Kids Games - Heritage Hall green, noon to 3 p.m.
Kid's Tractor Pull - near the Main Gate
Quilting Preservation and History Demonstrations - Heritage Hall
Premier Martial Arts - Les Schwab Stage

12:30 p.m.
Explosion Extravaganza - Food Court Stage, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.

1 p.m.
Slieveloughane Irish Dancers - Les Schwab Stage
4-H Goat Judging Contest - West Arena
4-H Dog Obedience - Chitty Barn
4-H Cat Games - Petersen Barn

1:30 p.m.
Professor Bamboozle - Food Court Stage, 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.

2 p.m.
Open Class Sheep & Fleece Goats - WOW Arena
Bull Riding - Les Schwab Stage, 2 to 3 p.m.

3 p.m.
Poultry Costume Contest - Petersen Barn
Kid's Tractor Pull - near the Main Gate
Explosion Extravaganza - Les Schwab Stage, 3 to 4 p.m.
4-H Fleece Goat Fit/Show/Type - West Arena

3:30 p.m.
Professor Bamboozle - Food Court Stage, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.

4 p.m.
4-H Rabbit Knowledge Bowl - Petersen Barn
Slieveloughane Irish Dancers - Les Schwab Stage
Primary Member Pygmy/Miniature Goat Show - West Arena

4:30 p.m.
4-H Pygmy Goat Fitting/Showing/Type - West Arena-2
Jessica Jocoy - Food Court Stage
4-H Pet Goat Type, following Pygmy Goat Classes - West Arena-2

5:30 p.m.
Tanglefoot Cloggers - Food Court Stage
Live & Local concert series: Artesian Rumble Arkestra - Les Schwab Stage

6 p.m.
Welcoming Ceremony - Les Schwab Stage
4-H Equine Haul In & Out - East Arena, 6 to 9 p.m.

6:15 p.m.
4-H Pet Goat Class - West Arena-2

6:30 p.m.
High Impact Dance - Food Court Stage
FFA Pygmy Fit/Show/Type following 4-H Pygmy - West Arena
4-H Cat Knowledge Bowl - Petersen Barn
Live & Local concert series: Artesian Rumble Arkestra - Les Schwab Stage

7 p.m.
Live & Local concert series: Minilla Smiles - Les Schwab Stage
Kid's Tractor Pull - near the Main Gate
4-H Dog Activities - Chitty Barn
Lads & Lassies Lead Contest - WOW Arena
4-H Silver Bucket Event: Dairy Goat Milk Out Contest - Willuweit Pavilion
4-H Dairy Goat Milk Test - Hicks Lake Barn

7:30 p.m.
Jessica Jocoy - Food Court Stage
4-H Fashion Revue Style Show - Benoschek Building

8:30 p.m.
Professor Bamboozle - Food Court Stage, 8:30 to 9:30 p.m.

*Food Court Open 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

*Carnival Rides Open 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.


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To learn more about this year's events, entertainment and exhibits, contact the Thurston County Fair Office at (360) 786-5453 or visit www.co.thurston.wa.us/fair.


"Laughter and Ladybugs at the Thurston County Fair!"
July 31 - Aug. 4, 2013


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County Commissioners:

Carolina Mejia
District 1

Gary Edwards
District 2

Tye Menser
District 3