Friday is Military Appreciation Day at the Fair

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Submitted by Thurston County Fair

The Thurston County Fair is honoring the men and women who proudly serve in the military with special Military Appreciation Day discounts on Friday, August 1.

Fairgoers who present their military ID at the fair gate can get $2 admission tickets to the fair on Friday, August 1. Davis Shows NW, the carnival ride provider for the fair, is also offering a special one-day discount for military families—show your military ID at the carnival ride ticket booth and get $5 off each carnival ride armband you purchase. The regular armband price is $24. Armbands purchased with the military discount are good for unlimited carnival rides only on Friday, August 1.

Military IDs for active duty, reserves, retired military personnel and dependents must be presented at the time of purchase to receive the discount admission tickets and the discount carnival ride armbands. The fair is open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday.

Enter the Dessert of the Day contest on Friday, August 1 and get free admission to the fair! Come celebrate the quintessential snack-size treats at the Best Cookie Contest on Friday. All cookie varieties are welcome between noon and 2 p.m. at the Thurston Expo Center. All entries must include the recipe with contestant’s name, address, and phone number. Final judging begins at 4 p.m. Check the 2014 Exhibitor’s Guide for all of the Dessert of the Day contest rules at

Friday, August 1 is packed full of activities and entertainment for the whole family. More than 45 events, contests and performances are scheduled, including a performance by the I Corps Army Band, Washington National Guard exhibits, the opening day of the Savor South Sound beverage tasting, the Live & Local concert series with The Blackberry Bushes, the annual antiques appraisal event, and much more. (Complete August 1 events schedule below.)

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

Aug. 1 Thurston County Fair Events

7 a.m.

Entry and Vet Check for Open Class Goats – Hicks Lake Barn

10 a.m. 

4-H Dog Showmanship – Chitty Barn

4-H Small Animal/Exotics Fitting & Showing – Benoschek Building

4-H & FFA Dairy Cow Show followed by 4-H Beef – East Arena

4-H Equine Stock Seat Equitation, Disciplined Rail, Bareback Equitation, and Practical

Horsemanship – Andrews Arena

4-H Rabbit Judging Contest Part 1 of 2 – Petersen Barn, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

4-H Public Presentations – Sharp & Benoschek Buildings

Home Arts Demonstrations – Heritage Hall

4-H Goat Knowledge Bowl – Willuweit Pavilion

11 a.m. 

Paramount Martial Arts – Main Stage

FFA Swine followed by 4-H Swine – West Arena-1

11:30 a.m.

Professor Bamboozle – Food Court Stage

12 p.m.

Kid’s Tractor Pull – Main Stage

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

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

Predators of the Heart – in front of Heritage Hall

12:30 p.m.

Sunday Speedtrap – Food Court Stage

1 p.m.

4-H Small Animal/Exotics Judging Contest – Benoschek Building

Melarouge and the John Hansen Trio – Main Stage

1:30 p.m.

Professor Bamboozle – Food Court Stage

2 p.m.

4-H Cat Game – Petersen Barn

Home Arts Demonstrations – Heritage Hall

Dylan Cragle – Main Stage

2:30 p.m.

4-H Dog Rally Obedience – Chitty Barn

FFA & 4-H Swine meeting with Judge prior to showing – Swine Barn

I Corps Army Band – Food Court Stage, 2 to 4:30 p.m.

3 p.m.

Predators of the Heart – in front of Heritage Hall

4-H Pack Goat Type – Hicks Lake Barn

4-H Rabbit Jumping Contest (Part 1 continued) – Petersen Barn, 3 to 6 p.m.

Kid’s Tractor Pull – Main Stage

4-H, FFA & Open Class Llama/Alpaca Obstacle Course – West Arena

4 p.m.

Antique Appraisal Event – Heritage Hall, 4 to 7 p.m.

Cookie Contest Final Judging – Thurston Expo Center

Open Class Dairy Goat Paper Check-In – Hicks Lake Barn, 4 to 6 p.m.

4:30 p.m.

Paramount Martial Arts – Food Court Stage

Kid’s Tractor Pull – Main Stage

5 p.m.

Savor South Sound: Wine, Beer & Cider Tasting (must be 21+) – Gazebo Green, 5 to 10 p.m. Open Class Dairy – East Arena

Dylan Cragle – Food Court Stage

6 p.m.

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

Predators of the Heart – in front of Heritage Hall

4-H Cat Costume Contest – Petersen Barn

4-H, FFA & Open Class Llama/Alpaca Handler Class & Showing Demonstrations – West Arena

4-H Pack Goat Fitting/Showing with Obstacle Course – Hicks Lake Barn

Down Home Fiddlers – Food Court Stage

Kid’s Tractor Pull – Main Stage

7 p.m.

4-H Dog Activities – Chitty Barn

Professor Bamboozle – Food Court Stage

Live & Local concert series: The Blackberry Bushes – Main Stage

8 p.m.

Backlash – Food Court 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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