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Fairs in Washington State

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Introduction

This page lists agricultural related fairs as defined by Washington statutes. Some of the websites include links to the fair boards, nonprofit associations that the counties contract with to operate fairs, event facilities, and various application forms.

The provisions in the state statutes relating to fairs note that it is in the public interest to hold agricultural fairs, including the exhibition of livestock and agricultural produce of all kinds, as well as related arts and manufactures; including products of the farm home, educational contests, displays and demonstrations designed to train youth and to promote the welfare of farm people and rural living. Fairs also contribute to the economy. A study commissioned by the state legislature estimated the fiscal contributions of Washington state fairs to the state and local economy. See Washington State Fairs and other Fairground Activities: Economic Impact Analysis (Adobe Acrobat Document), prepared for the Washington State Department of Agriculture by Northern Economics, June 2007. The purpose of this report was to estimate the economic impacts that accrued to the state in 2005 from the network of agricultural-based fairs and other fairground events.

Statutes

  • Ch 15. 76 RCW - Agricultural Fairs, Youth Shows, and Exhibitions
    • RCW 15.76.120 - Categories of Fairs (area fairs, county and district fairs, community fairs, youth shows and fairs)
  • Ch. 36.37 RCW - Agricultural Fairs and Poultry Shows
  • RCW 36.34.145 - Leases of County Property to Nonprofit Organizations for Agricultural Fairs
  • Ch. 16-700 WAC - State Fair Fund Proration

State Fair Associations

Fairs Listed by County

Adams County

  • Adams County Fair (Othello) - Agricultural County Fair
  • Wheat Land Communities Fair (Ritzville) - Community Fair

Asotin County

  • Asotin County Fair (Asotin) - Agricultural County Fair - Pull down tab on county home page

Benton County

Chelan County

Clallam County

  • Clallam County Fair (Port Angeles) - Agricultural County Fair - Includes link to Fair Board and forms

Clark County

Columbia County

Cowlitz County

Douglas County

Ferry County

Garfield County

  • Garfield County Fair (Pomeroy) - Agricultural County Fair

Grant County

  • Grant County Fair (Moses Lake) - Agricultural County Fair (Contracts with Grant County Fair Association to conduct, operate, manage and promote the fair and to manage and promote the use of the fairgrounds on a year-round basis).  See Grant County Fair Grounds Web for fair acitivities. 
  • Grant County Fairgrounds
  • North Central Junior Livestock Show (Moses Lake) - Youth Fair

Grays Harbor County

Island County

Jefferson County

King County

Klickitat County

Kitsap County

Kittitas County

Lewis County

  • Southwest Washington Fair (Centralia-Chehalis) - Public Development Corporation
    • Ch. 36.90 RCW - Southwest Washington Fair - Agricultural, County, and District Fair
  • Lewis County Spring Youth Fair (Chehalis) - Community Fair
  • Washington State FFA Spring Fair (Chehalis) - Youth Fair

Lincoln County

Mason County

Okanogan County

Pacific County

Pend Oreille County

Pierce County

San Juan County

Skagit County

Skamania County

Snohomish County

Spokane County

Stevens County

Thurston County

Wahkiakum County

  • Wahkiakum County Fair (Skamokawa) - Agricultural County Fair
    • Wahkiakum County Code Ch. 2.78 - County Fair Board

Walla Walla County

  • Walla Walla County Fairgrounds
  • Waitsburg Jr. Livestock Show - Community Fair
  • Walla Walla Fair and Frontier Days (Walla Walla) - Agricultural County Fair

Whatcom County

Whitman County

Yakima County

  • Central Washington Jr. Livestock Show (Toppenish Rodeo Grounds) - Youth Fair
  • Washington State Fair Park (Yakima) - Area Fair - Central Washington State Fair Association (nonprofit)
  • Washington Junior Horse Show - Youth Fair
  • West Valley Community Fair (Yakima) - Community Fair
  • Yakima Valley Fair and Rodeo (Grandview) - Community Fair

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