Thursday is Kids Day at the Thurston County Fair



Submitted by Thurston County Fair

Thursday is another day packed with events, entertainment and fun for the whole herd at the Thurston County Fair. Thursday is Kid’s Day at the fair, and that means you can save with the whole herd when you celebrate summer with Sammy Steer!

Thursday, July 31 is the return of Kid’s Day when admission for kids ages 5 to 14 is just $2. Admission for kids age 5 and under is always free at the fair. July 31 is also Buddy Day, when you can get two carnival ride armbands for $24 if you and a buddy are both present at the time of purchase (no advance purchase available for Buddy Day special). The fair is open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Thursday, July 31.

Thursday, July 31 is also the start of the Dessert of the Day contests, kicking off with the deliciously decadent Chocolate Cake Contest. All chocolate varieties are welcome… and encouraged! Bring your chocolate cake entry to the Thurston Expo Center between noon and 2 p.m. and get free admission to the fair for the day. All entries must include the recipe with contestant’s name, address, and phone number. Check the 2014 Exhibitor’s Guide for all of the Dessert of the Day contest rules at

Thursday, July 31 is packed full of activities and entertainment for the whole family. More than 50 events, contests and performances are scheduled—dancing, music, art, animals, and much more. (Complete July 31 events schedule below.)

For more information about these events and other fair entertainment, go to and click on “Daily Events Calendar.”


July 31 Thurston County Fair Events

8 a.m.

4-H Equine Int. & Sr. Showmanship, Saddle Seat Equitation, Hunt Seat Equitation and Dressage Seat Equitation, Harness Reinsmenship, Precision Driving – Andrews Arena

9 a.m.

FFA Dairy Goat Fitting/Showing/Type – West Arena-1

10 a.m. 

4-H Sheep Fitting & Showing followed by Type – Hicks Lake Barn

4-H, FFA & Open Class Llamas/Alpacas Public Relations Contest – West Arena-2

4-H Dog Judging Contest (Part 2 of 2) – Chitty Barn

Home Arts Demonstrations – Heritage Hall, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

4-H Dairy Goat Fit/Show followed by Type – West Arena-1

FFA Beef Fitting & Showing followed by FFA Type – East Arena

10:30 a.m.

4-H Cat Judging Contest – Petersen Barn

Paramount Martial Arts – Main Stage

11:30 a.m.

Center Stage Academy – Main Stage, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Professor Bamboozle – Food Court Stage

12 p.m.

Kids Activities & Games – Heritage Green, noon to 3 p.m.

Predators of the Heart – in front of Heritage Hall

Enter Chocolate Cake Contest – Thurston Expo Center, noon to 2 p.m.

FFA Dairy Goat Fit/Show/Type Following 4-H – Hicks Lake Barn

12:30 p.m.

4-H Dog Obedience – Chitty Barn

Special Features – Food Court Stage

1 p.m.

4-H Cavy Type Judging – Petersen Barn

4-H Beef Type – East Arena, 1 to 4 p.m. (time approx. after FFA beef show)

FFA Sheep Fitting & Showing followed by Type – Hicks Lake Barn 

1:30 p.m.

Professor Bamboozle – Food Court Stage

Ronald McDonald – Main Stage

2 p.m.

4-H Cat Games – Petersen Barn

4-H Meat Goat Fit/Show/Type – Hicks Lake Barn

Slieveloughane Irish Dancers – Main Stage

2:30 p.m.

Cymantha Burkle School of Music – Food Court Stage, 2:30 to 5:30 p.m.

3 p.m.

4-H Fleece Goats Type followed by Fitting & Showing – Hicks Lake Barn

Kid’s Tractor Pull – Main Stage

Predators of the Heart – in front of Heritage Hall

4 p.m.  

Slieveloughane Irish Dancers – Main Stage

4-H Cavy Fitting & Showing – Petersen Barn

Chocolate Cake Contest final judging – Thurston Expo Center

FFA Dairy Goat Classes – West Arena

4:30 p.m. 

FFA Meat Goat Fit/Show/Type Following 4-H – West Arena

5 p.m.

Debbi’s Dance – Thurston Expo Center

4-H & FFA Rabbit Fitting & Showing – Petersen Barn, 5 to 8 p.m.

6 p.m.

4-H Cat Game – Petersen Barn

4-H, FFA & Open Class Llama/Alpacas Handlers Class – Llama Barn

Professor Bamboozle – Food Court Stage

High Impact Dance – Main Stage

FFA Meat Goat Classes – West Arena

4-H Goat Costume Class – East Arena

4-H Equine Haul In & Out – East Arena, 6 to 9 p.m.

Predators of the Heart – in front of Heritage Hall

7 p.m.

Open Class Sheep Haul Out – Barns

4-H Silver Bucket Event-Dairy Goat Milk Out Contest – Willuweit Pavilion

4-H Dog Activities – Chitty Barn

Live & Local concert series: Red & Ruby – Food Court Stage

Live & Local concert series: Brittany Kingery – Main Stage 


*Food Court Open 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. 

*Carnival Rides Open 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.


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