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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, July 31, 2013
Kari Bodnar, Thurston County Fair Office at (360) 786-5453

Thursday is Kids Day and Buddy Day at the Fair

The laughter and ladybugs are in full swing this Thursday at the Thurston County Fair. Thursdays at the fair are all about getting two-for-one deals, including two daily specials--Kid's Day and Buddy Day!

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.

Thursday, August 1 is also the start of the Dessert of the Day contests, kicking off with the deliciously decadent Chocolate Cake Contest. All chocolate varieties are welcome... and encouraged! Bring your chocolate cake entry to the Thurston Expo Center between noon and 2 p.m. and get free admission to the fair for the day. All entries must include the recipe with contestant's name, address, and phone number. Check the 2013 Exhibitor's Guide for all of the Dessert of the Day contest rules atwww.co.thurston.wa.us/fair/exhibitor_guide.htm.

Thursday, August 1 is packed full of activities and entertainment for the whole family. More than 50 events, contests and performances are scheduled, including the opening of the Savor South Sound tasting event with five cideries on tap, the Live & Local concert series with Sour Owl, plus dancing, music, art, animals, and much more. (Complete August 1 events schedule on page 2.)

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

August 1 Thurston County Fair Events

8 a.m.
4-H Equine Int. & Sr. Showmanship, Saddle Seat Equitation, Hunt Seat Equitation and Dressage
Seat Equitation, Harness Reinsmenship, Precision Driving - Andrews Arena

9 a.m.
FFA Dairy Goat Fitting/Showing/Type - West Arena-1

10 a.m.
4-H, FFA & Open Class Llamas/Alpacas Public Relations Contest - West Arena-2
Paper Piecing & Faux Quilting Demonstrations - Heritage Hall
Savor South Sound Living Foods Day - Heritage Hall Annex, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
4-H Dog Judging Contest (Part 2 of 2) – Chitty Barn
4-H Dairy Goat Fit/Show followed by Type – West Arena-1
4-H Sheep Fitting & Showing followed by Type - WOW Arena
Home Arts Demonstrations to take place at various times - Heritage Hall
FFA Beef Fitting & Showing followed by FFA Type - East Arena

10:30 a.m.
4-H Cat Judging Contest - Petersen Barn

11 a.m.
Premier Marshall Arts - Les Schwab Stage

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

12 p.m.
Enter Chocolate Cake Contest - Thurston Expo Center, 12 p.m. to 2 p.m.
"Center Stage" - Les Schwab Stage, 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.
FFA Dairy Goat Fit/Show/Type Following 4-H - Hicks Lake Barn
Kid's Tractor Pull - near the Main Gate
Kids Activities & Games - Heritage Hall green, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Cross-stitching Demonstrations - Heritage Hall

12:30 p.m.
4-H Dog Obedience - Chitty Barn

1 p.m.
4-H Beef Type - East Arena, (time approx. after FFA beef show)
4-H Cavy Type Judging - Petersen Barn
Ronald McDonald - Les Schwab Stage, 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.
FFA Sheep Fitting & Showing followed by Type - WOW Arena

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

2 p.m.
Comerford School of Irish Dance - Les Schwab Stage
4-H Meat Goat Fit/Show/Type - Hicks Lake Barn

2:30 p.m.
Cymantha Burkle School of Music - Food Court Stage, 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

3 p.m.
Bull Riding - Les Schwab Stage, 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Kid's Tractor Pull - near the Main Gate
Savor South Sound: Cider Tasting (must be 21+ to enter) - Heritage Hall Annex, 3 p.m. to 9 p.m.
4-H Fleece Goats Type followed by Fitting & Showing - WOW Arena

4 p.m.
Chocolate Cake Contest final judging - Thurston Expo Center
4-H Cavy Fitting & Showing - Petersen Barn
South Sound Irish Dance sponsoring the Comerford School of Irish Dance - Les Schwab Stage
FFA Dairy Goat Classes - West Arena

4:30 p.m.
Professor Bamboozle - Food Court Stage, 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
FFA Meat Goat Fit/Show/Type Following 4-H - West Arena

5 p.m.
Bull Riding - Les Schwab Stage, 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.
4-H & FFA Rabbit Fitting & Showing - Petersen Barn, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

5:30 p.m.
River Ridge Taiko Ensemble - Food Court Stage, 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

6 p.m.
4-H Cat "Jeopardy" Game - Petersen Barn
FFA Meat Goat Classes - West Arena
Debbi's Dance - Les Schwab Stage
4-H Goat Costume Class - East Arena
4-H, FFA & Open Class Llama/Alpacas Handlers Class - Llama Barn
4-H Equine Haul In & Out - East Arena, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

6:30 p.m.
High Impact Dance - Food Court Stage

7 p.m.
Open Class Sheep Haul Out - Barns
Kid's Tractor Pull - near the Main Gate
Live & Local concert series: Sour Owl - Les Schwab Stage
4-H Dog Activities Chitty Barn, 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.
4-H Silver Bucket Event-Dairy Goat Milk Out Contest - Willuweit Pavilion

7:30 p.m.
Quebecois Session of Olympia Traditional French Canadian Dance Music - Food Court Stage

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

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


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