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Posted on: August 3, 2023

[ARCHIVED] Everything You Need to Know for the 2023 Evergreen State Fair

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Rose Intveld

Communications Specialist

Rose.Intveld@snoco.org

425-388-6621


Everything You Need to Know for the 2023 Evergreen State Fair


MONROE, Wash., August 3, 2023 – The Evergreen State Fair Park is excited to welcome the public back for the 2023 Evergreen State Fair, starting August 24! The fair is back this year with new and returning food and commercial vendors, carnival rides, animal barns, displays and exhibits, entertainment, beer gardens, and more.


This year’s theme: “Little Moments, Big Memories! Making Memories for 114 years” reflects how the fair is a place where the community comes together to share experiences. Do you remember your first fair? How about your first concert or rodeo? The crowds clapping and cheering, and all the excitement in the air. Or that first glimpse of a cow in the dairy barn. Or maybe it's a special moment you shared with someone atop the Ferris wheel or over a heaping order of curly fries. All these little moments can bring back the sounds, smells, and feeling of happiness like it was yesterday.


The Evergreen State Fair is proud to have been a part of making memories for 114 years. We have brought entertainment, education, and community together while giving space for guests to experience these little moments that turn into big memories. These memories and experiences often get passed down from generation to generation and become something that the Evergreen State Fair is well known for—tradition. We can’t wait for you to join us with your loved ones to make new memories this year.


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GENERAL INFORMATION

Fair Dates

August 24-29 and August 31-September 4, 2023 (closed on Wed., August 30)


Fair Hours

Ticket booth opens 10:00 a.m. daily

Gates open: 10:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.* August 24-29 and August 31-September 3

10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. September 4

*Barns, Event Center, and Grandstands close at 9 p.m.


Carnival Hours

11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. August 24-29 and August 31-September 3

11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. September 4


Cost

Regular (13-61 yrs): $16 Weekday/$18 Weekend/$16 Labor Day

Senior (62-89 yrs); Military w/ID; Youth (6-12 yrs): $13 any day

Seniors (90+) and kids 5 yrs and under: Free

Parking: $10 weekday/$15 weekend


Purchase advance discount admission, group, carnival passes by August 23 at 11:59 p.m. and save!

*Weekday Round-up Package (4 admission): $40.00


Gate Admission Specials: Senior Day August 28 ($6 tickets) 62+ years


Special BECU pricing on Concert and General Adult Gate Admission!

Save $2 off Adult Gate Admission and Grandstand Festival Concert Seating.


To receive your BECU member discount, purchase your tickets before August 23 at 7 p.m. PT. at etix.com. Select ticket item, and before adding to your cart, add your promotional code (the first six digits of your BECU debit or credit card). Discount is only valid for advance online purchase and not valid after August 23. Online purchase convenience fees are $1 per regular admission ticket and $4.50 for concert tickets. Mailing ticket order delivery is an additional $4.50. Phone orders are subject to a $2.50 order fee. Tickets are non-refundable. Parking is not included in the ticket price.


The June 15-July 8 Fair Food Drive replaced the Opening Day Food Drive of years past. 19,195 pounds of food were donated this year and more than 4,100 donors received a free weekday ticket to the fair, sponsored by Lee Johnson Auto Family. These donations benefited the Snohomish County Food Bank Coalition.


2023 FAIR HONOREE: Rick and Jean Lindsey

This year’s Fair Honoree is being awarded to Rick and Jean Lindsey because of their passion for fairs, exhibitors, and fairgoers. They have been involved with the Fair since the early 90s. They started by supporting their two daughters, Misty & Camas, along with all the other club members. After a few years they founded their own club, Blue Chips, and moved into the roles of club leaders. Their involvement grew as they took on positions as program leaders and eventually Fair Superintendents. More on the Lindseys HERE. Rick and Jean will be honored in the Opening Day Ceremony on August 24 at 2 p.m. at the Courtyard Stage.


2023 Centennial Farm: Duffner Family Farm

Each year Snohomish County recognizes a farm that has remained in continuous production under the same family ownership for 100 years or more. This year the Duffner Family Farm in Snohomish is being honored. In 1920 George and Lisa Marie Wilson purchased 40 acres of farmland in Snohomish. They were born in Estonia, immigrated to the United States, and moved to Canada to farm for a few years where some of their children were born. George was a tailor and the family raised cows and grew vegetables for their use. Following Lisa Marie’s death in 1950, their son Daniel took over the farm. In 1960, their daughter Marie and husband Larry Duffner purchased the farm. Marie was born inside the farmhouse and continued to operate the farm until her death in 2019 at the age of 95. Her and Larry raised pigs, cows, and hundreds of thousands of fryer chickens, as well as maintaining a large vegetable garden and small grove of fruit trees for their family. Marie and Larry’s son Gary owns and operates the farm, continuing his parents’ legacy of raising cows and chickens. The Duffner Family will be honored in the Opening Day Ceremony on August 24 at 2 p.m. at the Courtyard Stage.


WHAT’S NEW AND/OR SPECIAL?

Water's Extreme Journey Maze

Water’s Extreme Journey maze takes visitors on an exciting and important quest for clean water. Visit the maze daily: 10:30 a.m. - 9 p.m. inside the Gary D. Weikel Events Center.


Aerosmith Cover Band – Sweet Emotion

Come be transported back to the 1970s with this tribute band! Get ready to see the band perform all of Aerosmith's greatest classic 70s and early 80s songs! September 2 at 8 p.m. at the Courtyard Stage. Free with paid fair admission.


Gardening with Ciscoe

Get your gardening questions answered by Ciscoe Morris of "Gardening with Ciscoe." September 3 at 2 p.m. at the Courtyard Stage. Free with paid fair admission.


Scone Walk – Fair Foundation Contest

Do you love scones? Enter our newest Evergreen State Fair Board contest: The Scone Walk on Monday, August 28, at 3:30 p.m.!


Magical Ventriloquist Vikki Gasko Green (Bilingual) is performing August 31-September 4 at the Courtyard Stage. Free with paid fair admission.


Costume Characters

Interact and get your photo taken with Costume Characters from Enchanting Events such as Spider Guy, Cinderella, Ice Queen, Rapunzel, Marvelous Captain and Madrigal Girl at the Ag. Stage #260!


All-Star Stunt Dog Show

This must-see show will entertain people of all ages. From back flips, handstands, big air stunts, to amazing tricks; these “All-Star Stunt Dogs” (all rescue dogs) are thrilling! See their three shows per day at the north end of the Grandstands #210 on the map.


Laser Show: Free laser show to the songs of the bands AC/DC and Guns N’ Roses: 8:30 p.m. Monday, August 28 in the Grandstands. Free with fair admission!


SeeClickFix: We will be using the SeeClickFix app as a technology innovation for fairgoers to report maintenance and facility issues. See a bathroom that needs attention? Sink that is clogged? Use the QR code posted at that location to report it directly to our maintenance staff so they can promptly address it.


Monroe Fair Days Parade: Saturday August 26 at 11 a.m. on Main Street, Downtown Monroe


Evergreen Youth Livestock Auction: 5 p.m. August 26, Judging Arena


Family Fun Activity Center: Under the Grandstands find family activities for all ages!


Morning of Dreams

Nationally recognized as an award winner for removing barriers in parks, Evergreen Morning of Dreams is a special morning event for children and adults with disabilities and/or sensory needs to experience the fun of the fair without lights and sounds. Aug29, 2023 from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. No special ticket is needed, general fair admission applies. More information HERE.


Wednesday, August 30 the fair is closed: We are closed August 30 to give staff and volunteers a day to clean and sanitize the fair park, change over the barns and rotate the animals with no public on the grounds and prepare for the second half of the fair.


GRANDSTAND ENTERTAINMENT

Thursday, August 24 – Opening Night Fireworks at 9:00 p.m. in the Grandstands (Free with paid fair admission)


Friday, August 25 – Monster Truck Mayhem at 6:55 p.m., doors open at 4 p.m. (5:40 p.m. Fan Fest) Monster Trucks, Megasaurus, Teed Off-Youth Hornets, Mini Bump to Pass, and Buses. Monster Truck Rides ($10)

Tickets: $30-40


Saturday, August 26 – Monster Truck Mayhem at 5:55 p.m., doors open at 3 p.m. (4:50 p.m. Fan Fest) Monster Trucks, Megasaurus, Teed-Off Hornets, Dwarf Cars, and Buses. Monster Truck Rides ($10)

Tickets: $30-40


Sunday, August 27 – Monster Truck Mayhem at 2:55 p.m., doors open at 12 p.m. (1:50 p.m. Fan Fest) Monster Trucks, Megasaurus, Teed-Off Dwarf Cars, Vintage Modifieds and Buses. Monster Trucks Rides ($10).

Tickets: $30-40


Monday, August 28 – Laser Show with songs from AC/DC vs. Guns N’ Roses at 8:30 p.m. (free with fair admission)


Tuesday, August 29 – Neon Trees (Pop) Concert

Show at 7:30 p.m. Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

Tickets: $30-$60


Thursday, August 31 – Bone Thugs-N-Harmony with Twista (Hip-Hop) Concert

Show at 7:30 p.m. Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

Tickets: $30-$60


Friday, September 1 – Nate Smith (Country) Concert

Show at 7:30 p.m. Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

Tickets: $20-$40


Saturday, September 2 – Figure 8 Mania at the Fair at 6 p.m., doors open at 4 p.m. Outlaw Figure 8, Street Stocks, Super Stock Figure 8s, Mini Stocks, Mini Bump to Pass

Tickets: $24-30


Sunday, September 3 – Demo & Destruction & Fireworks at the Fair at 6 p.m., doors open at 2 p.m. Demo Derby, Hornets, Stingers, Youth Hornets, V8 Extremes, Boat Races, Buses, and Fireworks.

Tickets: $30-42


Monday, September 4 – 425 Motorsports AUTO X at 12 p.m. (free with fair admission)


Tickets can be purchased at Etix.com or at the Fair Pass Booth now through day of the show. All concert and race tickets include fair gate admission (a $16+ value).


FAIR ON A BUDGET

Discount Rides

Purchase your $35 Unlimited Ride Wristbands by August 23 and save $5! You can purchase the advance wristbands online at Etix.com (fee applies) or at the Fair Pass Booth (no additional fee).


Discount Admission

  • Weekday Admission Pack: Our Weekday Roundup Ticket Package includes four tickets for only $40.00. We are encouraging fair guests to enjoy all the amazing things we have to offer on our six weekdays to spread out capacity and avoid crowded weekends. Purchase advance discount admission, group, carnival passes by August 23 and save!
  • Kids five and under are always FREE!


Special BECU pricing on Concert and General Adult Gate Admission!

Save $2 off Adult Gate Admission and Grandstand Festival Concert Seating.


To receive your BECU member discount, purchase your tickets before August 23 at 7 p.m. PT. at etix.com. Select ticket item, and before adding to your cart, add your promotional code (the first six digits of your BECU debit or credit card). Discount is only valid for advance online purchase and not valid after August 23. Online purchase convenience fees are $1 per regular admission ticket and $4.50 for concert tickets. Mailing ticket order delivery is an additional $4.50. Phone orders are subject to a $2.50 order fee. Tickets are non-refundable. Parking is not included in the ticket price.


Free Activities

There are HUNDREDS of free things to do at the Fair that are included with your gate admission price. Here’s a list of a few of them to get you started on planning your day at the Fair!

  • Courtyard Stage – A variety of musical acts will take place on stage for 11 days. Acts like the Blue Mariah Band, Danny Vernon’s Illusions of Elvis, Inochi Taiko drummers, Mexican Folkloric Dancers Bailadores de Bronce, local bands, the Reptileman and more!
  • Roving Entertainment – From a one-man band, balloon twister, to comedy – they will surprise you!
  • Contests – Schedule HERE.  Sign-ups are first-come, first-entered on site. This year we will have: egg toss, scone walk, water balloon toss, bubble gum blowing, quarter in the haystack, and frisbee throwing.
  • International Lumberjack Show - Watch as axes are thrown, logs are rolled and Lumberjacks race to the top of 60-foot poles! This family-friendly event will be sure to have your jaws drop. Daily shows at 12:00 p.m., 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. (no 7:00 p.m. show on Labor Day).
  • Sky Valley Antique Tractor Display - Come visit the Judging Arena area to see the large collection of antique tractors! If you have little ones, they can race around a roped off track in a tractor their own size!
  • Aztec Indian Dancers – 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. daily (no 6 p.m. show on Labor Day) in Frontier Land.
  • Free Fireworks on Opening Day! 9 p.m. in the Grandstands
  • Kid’s Farmer for a Day - In Red Barn at Ag Display #260 - Pick an Apple, Milk a Cow, Dig up a Potato, Gather Eggs - Be a Farmer! (Daily 10:30 a.m. - 8 p.m. - closes at 7 p.m. on Labor Day)
  • Goat Playground – See goats play and frolic! East of barn #609


DAILY SCHEDULES, EVENTS and MORE!

Daily Schedules and Special Displays - A full list of daily events can be found online HERE.


EQUESTRIAN Events

August 24 – 29 and August 31: 4-H Horse Shows

August 24 – 26: 5:00 p.m. Western Regional/Open Class Horse Show

August 27: 2:00 p.m. Western Regional Horse Show

August 27: 5:00 p.m. WA State Draft Horse and Mule Extravaganza August 28: 5:00 p.m. WA State Draft Horse and Mule Extravaganza (featuring WA Pullers Association)

August 29: 5:00 p.m. WA State Draft Horse and Mule Extravaganza

Wed. August 30: Fair is Closed

September 2-3, 10:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Snohomish County Western Games

September 2: 7 p.m. Pro-West Rodeo – “Tough Enough to Wear Pink” (donations support American Cancer Society in Washington). Timed and Rough Stock Events, Drill Team, Draft Horses, and Rodeo Clown.

September 3: 7 p.m. Pro-West Rodeo – “Military Appreciation” (donations support Disabled American Veterans). Timed and Rough Stock Events, Drill Team, Draft Horses, and Rodeo Clown.

September 4: 2 p.m. Pro-West Rodeo – “Cowboy Crisis Fund” (donations support those injured in the sport of rodeo). Timed and Rough Stock Events, Drill Team, and Rodeo Clown.

Rodeo Tickets: $10 Adult/$7 Youth 2+ yrs/Sr 62+ yrs


AS A REMINDER

Smoking

In compliance with Washington Initiative 901 RCW 70.160, smoking or vaping is not allowed in public buildings, or within 25 feet of building entrances, exits, windows that open and ventilation intakes. The Evergreen State Fair offers dedicated smoking areas, which are denoted by red tents.


Hand Washing Stations

For the safety of humans and animals alike, please wash hands after touching animals and leaving individual barns. You’ll find hand washing stations outside most barns and 300 hand sanitizer stations around the fair park.


Equipment for Rent

Wheelchairs, mobility scooters, strollers and wagons are provided courtesy of Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) of Snohomish County, sponsored by Catholic Community Services. Valid ID is required and will be retained until rental is returned. For those without ID, a *security deposit will be required for all rentals. Sorry, no reservations. All equipment is rented on a first-come, first-served basis.


Manual Wheelchair ----------$20 / *$30

Mobility Scooter -----------$55 / *$80

Stroller -------------------$15 / *$30

Wagon ----------------------$15 / *$30

Rentals are available at the Red and Blue Gate Information Booths. For questions, please call Catholic Community Services at 425-374-6311 and ask for RSVP.


Zero Waste Fair

Did you know that Snohomish County's Evergreen State Fair is the Evergreenest Fair Ever? We were the first fair in the country to implement a Zero Waste initiative in 2014 with a goal of diverting 100 percent of fair-generated waste from the landfill! Learn more here.


For All information: EvergreenFair.org


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About the Evergreen State Fair Park

The Evergreen State Fair Park in Monroe, WA collaborates with its partners to sustain, maintain, and innovate for the purpose of creating an inclusive and accessible space for Snohomish County’s residents and visitors. Since 1949, the 193-acre Fair Park has been home to the Evergreen State Fair which attract hundreds of thousands of visitors each year. Several permanent facilities including the Gary D. Weikel Events Center, the Evergreen Speedway, the Evergreen Equestrian Park, two RV campgrounds and other exhibition spaces are used year-round for horse shows, trade shows, swap meets, auto races and more.


About Snohomish County Parks & Recreation

The Snohomish County Parks system is incredibly diverse and boasts almost 12,000 acres of parks and open space; over 120 park properties; 100s of miles of trails and access to fresh and saltwater shorelines. Major regional park assets such as the Evergreen State Fair Park, Kayak Point County Park, Lord Hill Regional Park and the Centennial and Interurban Trail systems host local, regional and national events that draw millions of visitors each year to Snohomish County.



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