Thurston County Fair Voters Pick Rudy Rabbit as 2017 Fair Mascot

Submitted by Thurston County Elections

Kids at the Thurston County Fair picked Rudy Rabbit to serve as the 2017 mascot of the Thurston County Fair. Candidates for fair mascot were Timmy Train, Rudy Rabbit, Freddy Frog and Gary Geoduck.

There was a total of 571 ballots cast.

Rudy Rabbit was selected by vote at the 2016 Thurston County Fair to be next year's mascot. Photo courtesy: Thurston County Elections
Rudy Rabbit was selected by vote at the 2016 Thurston County Fair to be next year’s mascot. Photo courtesy: Thurston County Elections

Timmy Train . . . . . . . . . . . . . 93 votes . . . . . 16.29%
Rudy Rabbit . . . . . . . . . . . . . 218 votes . . .  .38.18%
Freddy Frog . . . . . . . . . . . . . 144 votes . . . . .25.22%
Gary Geoduck . . . . . . . . . . . .102 votes . . . . .17.86%

“The fair mascot election is a wonderful opportunity for kids not just to learn about voting, but to actually do it,” said Thurston County Auditor Mary Hall. “Kids vote on real ballots, use real federal elections equipment, and even get an “I Voted” sticker. Parents seemed to enjoy this opportunity to begin and continue the process of good citizenship for their children.”

Fair Board President Peggy Jo Zimmerman said, “The kids’ vote for Rudy Rabbit is fantastic. She will be a great Fair mascot next year!” She said, “The Fair’s partnership with the Thurston County Auditor’s Office and 4H is a fun way for our kids to have hands on experience with civic engagement.”

This year’s fair mascot was Dabney Duck, for whom the majority of kids voted for at the 2015 fair.

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