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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, August 1, 2013
Kari Bodnar, Thurston County Fair Office at (360) 786-5453

Friday is Military Appreciation Day at the Fair

The Thurston County Fair is honoring the men and women who proudly serve in the military with special Military Appreciation Day discounts on Friday, August 2.

Fairgoers who present their military ID at the fair gate can get $2 admission tickets to the fair on Friday, August 2. Davis Shows NW, the carnival ride provider for the fair, is also offering a special one-day discount for military families--present your military ID at the carnival ride ticket booth and get $5 off each carnival ride armband you purchase. The regular armband price is $24. Armbands purchased with the military discount are good for unlimited carnival rides only on Friday, August 2.

Military IDs for active duty, reserves, retired military personnel and dependents must be presented at the time of purchase to receive the discount admission tickets and the discount carnival ride armbands. The fair is open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday.

Enter the Dessert of the Day contest on Friday, August 2 and get free admission to the fair! Come celebrate the quintessential snack-size treats at the Best Cookie Contest on Friday. All cookie varieties are welcome between noon and 2 p.m. at the Thurston Expo Center. All entries must include the recipe with contestant's name, address, and phone number. Final judging begins at 2 p.m. 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.

Friday, August 2 is packed full of activities and entertainment for the whole family. More than 50 events, contests and performances are scheduled, including special exhibits and demonstrations from the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines, the Savor South Sound beer tasting event, the Live & Local concert series with The Brown Edition, antiques galore with classic cars and antiques appraisals, and much more. (Complete August 2 events 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."

August 2 Thurston County Fair Events

7 a.m.
Entry and Vet Check for Open Class Goats - Hicks Lake Barn, 7 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.

10 a.m.
4-H & FFA Dairy Cow Show followed by 4-H Beef - East Arena
Antique Car Display - Front of Heritage Hall, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
4-H Equine Stock Seat Equitation, Disciplined Rail, Bareback Equitation, and Practical Horsemanship - Andrews Arena
4-H Small Animal/Exotics Fitting & Showing - Benoschek Building
4-H Beef Fitting & Showing - East Arena
Savor South Sound Grains Day - Heritage Hall Annex, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
4-H Rabbit Judging Contest Part 1 of 2 - Petersen Barn, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Home Arts Demonstrations to take place at various times - Heritage Hall
Paper Piecing Demonstrations - Heritage Hall
4-H Goat Knowledge Bowl - Willuweit Pavilion
4-H Dog Showmanship - Chitty Barn

11 a.m.
4-H Public Presentations - Benoschek Building
Bull Riding - Les Schwab Stage, 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.

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
Kid's Tractor Pull - near the Main Gate
Enter Cookie Contest - Thurston Expo Center, 12 p.m. to 2 p.m.
Premier Marshall Arts - Les Schwab Stage

12:30 p.m.
Dancer Zone 360 - Food Court Stage

1 p.m.
Bull Riding - Les Schwab Stage
4-H Small Animal/Exotics Judging Contest - Benoschek Building

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

2 p.m.
4-H Cat "Jeopardy" Game - Petersen Barn
Applique Demonstrations - Heritage Hall
Dylan Cragle - Les Schwab Stage

2:30 p.m.
Dancer Zone 360 - Food Court Stage
FFA & 4-H Swine meeting with Judge prior to showing - Swine Barn
4-H Dog Rally Obedience - Chitty Barn

3 p.m.
Kid's Tractor Pull - near the Main Gate
4-H, FFA & Open Class Llama/Alpaca Obstacle Course - West Arena, 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Bull Riding - Les Schwab Stage, 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Savor South Sound: Beer Tasting (must be 21+ to enter) - Heritage Hall Annex, 3 p.m. to 9 p.m.
FFA Swine followed by 4-H Swine - West Arena-1
4-H Pack Goat Type - WOW Arena
4-H Rabbit Jumping Contest (Part 1 continued) - Petersen Barn, 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

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

4 p.m.
Antique Appraisel Event - Heritage Hall, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Cookie Contest Final Judging - Thurston Expo Center
Open Class Dairy Goat Paper Check-In - Hicks Lake Barn, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Prodigal Landing - Les Schwab Stage, 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.

5 p.m.
Open Class Dairy - East Arena
Dylan Cragle - Food Court Stage, 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Bull Riding - Les Schwab Stage, 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.

6 p.m.
4-H Pack Goat Fitting/Showing with Obstacle Course - WOW Arena
4-H, FFA & Open Class Llama/Alpaca Handler Class and Showing Demonstrations to the Public - West Arena
4-H Equine Haul In & Out - Andrews Arena, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Prodigal Landing - Les Schwab Stage
4-H Cat Costume Contest - Petersen Barn
Backlash - Food Court Stage, 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

7 p.m.
The Brown Edition - Les Schwab Stage
4-H Dog Activities - Chitty Barn
Kid's Tractor Pull - near the Main Gate

7:30 p.m.
Professor Bamboozle - Food Court Stage, 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

8:30 p.m.
Troupe Rashaad - 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