EVERGREEN FAIR HITS MILESTONE
July 08, 2008
(MONROE, WA) -- What turns 100 years old this year, weighs a lot more than a thimble and has close to 900,000 people who can’t wait to see it?
High flyin' fun at Evergreen State Fair. SVC staff photo. CLICK TO ENLARGE
Answer: Evergreen State Fair in Monroe!
The grand ol’ dame of county fairs in our state (ranked # 1 in Washington State County Fairs by carnivalwarehouse.com in 2007) rolls out its 100th annual show-and-tell for county residents August 21st through September 1st at the Evergreen State Fairgrounds located on U.S. Highway 2 just prior to entering Monroe from Eastbound on Highway 2.
Besides the usual fun carnival rides for kids (and lots of adults), cotton candy, fair burgers, hot scones, carnival games and animal exhibits there’s great music by the truck load at this year’s fair. The Grandstand reserved seating lineup includes:
Contemporary Christian rock act JARS OF CLAY with Special Guest LEELAND Sunday August 24th in the Center Grandstand.
On Monday the 25th its contemporary country on stage with THE LOST TRAILERS & GARY ALAN. Tuesday it’s former advertising copywriter turned weird/funny songwriter/performer WEIRD AL YANKOVICH.
Wednesday August 27th its baby-boomer rock act Creedence Clearwater Revisited (composed around the original rhythm section (bass and drums) from the legendary 60’s monster group Creedence Clearwater Revival.
Thursday it’s a Washington state country recording artist 20-year old BLAINE LARSEN with comedian/actor BILL ENGVALL on the same bill. Larsen is a native of Buckley, Washington, has toured the nation with major country acts and produced a popular album in “Off To Join The World.”
Bill Engvall is a well-known standup comedian, actor and television performer. He’s the host of CMT’s comedy series “Country Fried Home Videos” and also the star of TBS’s new sitcom “The Bill Engvall Show.”
Evergreen State Fair Trivia & Info:
Ranked #1 in Washington State County Fairs
Ranked #12 in average daily attendance nationally*
Ranked #19 in overall attendance nationally*
2007 attendance: 882,095
*Source: MCW – carnivalwarehouse.com, December 2007
Dates: The 2008 Fair: 21 August – 1 September, 2008
Location: Monroe, Wa (25 miles north of Seattle)
Participants Open to the general public for the full day, 10:00am – 10:00pm
Attendance Estimates: Estimated at 100,000 on weekend days and approximately 900,000 total for the 12 days
Demographics: Of 26,272 people surveyed at the 2007 Fair:
59% were female
40% were male
1% did not respond
Miles folks traveled to get to the fair:
How many came in your party?
2 – 15%
2 – 21%
3 – 18%
4 – 18%
Evergreen State Fair
Address: 14405 179th Avenue SE, Monroe, WA 98272