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EVERGREEN STATE FAIR OPENS!
August 21, 2008




High flyin' fun at Evergreen State Fair. SVC staff photo. CLICK TO ENLARGE
(MONROE, WA) -- The day that thousands of Sky Valley kids and many a young at heart oldster have waited a year for has arrived. The 100th annual Evergreen State Fair opens today in Monroe. The fair runs through Labor Day September 1st at the familiar fairgrounds on U.S. Highway 2 at 179th Ave. S.E.

The grand ol’ dame of county fairs in our state, The Evergreen State Fair was ranked # 1 last year in Washington State County Fairs by carnivalwarehouse.com. In 2007 some 882,000 people went through the turnstiles.

Whether its fast rides like the Zipper and the Zillerator Coaster you like - or slower more sedate kiddie rides, 4-H animals (sheep, goats cattle, poultry, horses, dogs, cats you name it) lots of fun food, crafts and hobby displays or midway games - the Evergreen Fair’s got it all. There’s plenty of music at the fair too with concerts from the likes of Jars of Clay with Leeland, Weird Al Yankovic and Creedence Clearwater Revisited.

This year’s Evergreen Fair celebrates 100 years of entertaining Snohomish County families with good ol’ fashioned county fair fun. So if you know someone who is 100 years old or more tell him or her the Evergreen State Fair needs their participation.

To celebrate the fair’s 100th birthday fair officials want to set the Guinness World Record for the largest gathering of centenarians this coming Monday. So anyone who is 90 years of age or older gets into the fair free every day the fair is open. This Monday is also free for everyone age 62 and older.

This year’s fair also features a "Contest-A-Day" where fair attendees can take a crack at setting their own records at fun events like pie eating, hula-hoop races and bubble gum blowing. The fair also hopes to make it into the Guinness Book Of World Records by assembling the most people ever to do the Hokey Pokey on Aug. 31st.

And as part of the fun Monroe’s Fair Day Parade takes place tomorrow at 11:00 am on Main Street. The parade runs from 179th Street to Blakeley Street.

The fair is open 10 a.m.-10 p.m. today, 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday.

Evergreen Fair Facts:

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: 14405 179th Ave. S.E., Monroe, Wa (25 miles north of Seattle)
Attendance: Estimated at 100,000 on weekend days and approximately 900,000 total for the 12 days

Cost: $9 for adults, $7 for ages 62 to 89, $5 for ages 6 to 15 and free for ages 90 and older and ages 5 and younger. Today only the fair is free for kids ages 15 and younger and adults 62 and older. This Monday is free admission for military and emergency services personnel and their families.

To Get There: from I-5 Northbound take the exit to Highway 2. The fairgrounds are located right on Highway 2 at 179th Ave. S.E. just before Monroe. You can’t miss them. From Hy 405 take Exit # 123 the Woodinville exit which connects to SR 522. Go East on SR 522 until it ends at a stoplight then take the first RIGHT on Cascade View Drive for the East entrance to the fair and take the SECOND RIGHT on 179th Street for the West entrance

Fair Web Site: www.evergreenfair.org
Phone: 360-805-6700





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