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

Last Day for Discount Carnival Armbands

Tuesday, July 30 is the final day to save $5 on carnival armbands for the Thurston County Fair. The fair opens Wednesday, July 31 at 10 a.m., and while carnival armband discounts will be gone, other discounts on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday at the fair will keep you laughing with the ladybugs all the way to the bank.

One Buck Wednesday, July 31
One Buck Wednesday is back on July 31 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 31.

Kid's Day & Buddy Day on Thursday, Aug. 1
Thursday, August 1 is the return of Kid's Day when kids 14 and under can purchase admission tickets for just $2 each. August 1 is also Buddy Day, when you can get two carnival ride armbands for $24 if you and a buddy are both present at the time of purchase (no advance purchase available for Buddy Day special). The fair is open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Thursday, August 1.

Military Appreciation Day on Friday, August 2
On Friday, August 2 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. You'll find other great deals inside the fair when you show your military ID. Several military service branches will also have exhibits and activities, including the Air Force, Army, Navy and Marines.

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, August 1 - Chocolate Cake Contest
  • Friday, August 2 - Cookie Contest
  • Saturday, August 3 - "Berry Best Pie" Contest sponsored by Spooner's Berry Farms
  • Sunday, August 4 - Cupcake Contest
Check the 2013 Exhibitor's Guide for all of the Dessert of the Day contest rules at www.co.thurston.wa.us/fair/exhibitor_guide.htm.

Free Bus Shuttle
It's time to park and ride and save with the fair's free bus shuttle! 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 today, so get yours before they're gone at two area stores or 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 2013 fair that runs Wednesday, July 31 through Sunday, August 4. Admission to the fair is not included in the carnival ride armband purchase.
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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


County Commissioners:

Carolina Mejia
District 1

Gary Edwards
District 2

Tye Menser
District 3