2016 San Juan County Fair Photos
2016 San Juan County Fair
Press Release from San Juan County Fairgrounds: August 17th through the 20th (Wednesday-Saturday) 10am-9pm. Entry day is Tuesday August 16th, 9-6. This year’s Fair theme is “Barn and Raised in the Islands” with beautiful poster art by the talented Jill Bliss of San Juan Island.
Hey kids (and parents!)--Thanks again to a very generous anonymous donor, all youth exhibitors, age 5 through 16, will get a FREE season pass just for entering something! Check out the online premium book on the Fair website San Juan County Fairgrounds OR visit your local library for tags, entry forms, and peruse the reference copy on hand for entry guidelines.
This year’s headline entertainment will be one for the books! Sponsored by King’s Market, the Main Stage comes to life this year at the Fair. The Fair is excited to have local talent from all the islands, and the Pacific Northwest region as well as a few newcomers!
Be sure to Like Us on Facebook and check our website to be up to date on what’s exciting and new this year at the Fair—for starters, a sword swallower AND a Silent Disco…but we can’t tell you all of it, you’ll just have to come see for yourself.
This Years Headliners
This year’s headline entertainment will be one for the books! Sponsored by King’s Market, the Main Stage comes to life this year at the Fair August 17th-20th. The Fair is excited to have local talent from all the islands, and the Pacific Northwest region as well as a few newcomers!
Wednesday Night Headliner: LIVE! From Vancouver! It’s The Paperboys! You name it, they play it. Celtic, Zydeco, Bluegrass and Soul, such a wide variety is bound to please all listeners. This is their second visit to the San Juans and first time at the Fair, so if you’re a fan—or if you haven’t had the chance to hear them, they’re not to be missed! Come hear them, come see them, opening night at the Fair!
Thursday Night Headliner: Thursday night, Main Stage, San Juan County’s own local talent The Henry James Band featuring James Barkshire, Cecil DeMeerleer, Denny Penrose, and Tom Henry (Doenges) featuring special guest Tami Doenges. Included in this night’s entertainment not to be missed, Rafael Tranquilino and Leah Tussing will be joining The Henry James Band from the Rafael Tranquilino Band! This amazing group was just named the best Blues Act 2016 by The Washington Blues Society! As if that were not enough, the amazing local Harmonica player and vocalist Sweet Danny Ray (Dan O’Bryant) will be joining the crew! Put on your dancin’ shoes!
Friday Night Headliner: Can’t wait ‘til Friday night in Friday Harbor! Down North comes to town from all the way down in Seattle. Whoo-hoo! Friday Harbor hits the big time with this talented group! “The people that play in this band are excellent at what they do and we’re all here to play music for people who want to move and connect.” –MTV. Rock. Soul. Funk. Get ready to get down with Down North Friday night, August 19th at 8:00 pm Main Stage at the San Juan County Fair.
Saturday Night Headliner: “The Waiting is the Hardest Part” – until Saturday Night at the San Juan County Fair! Come listen to the Tom Petty Tribute Band PETTY FEVER featuring some of your favorite Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers hits such as “American Girl”, “Free Fallin’”,and “You Wreck Me”. Petty Fever is the two time recipient of the "Tribute Band of The Year" award from the Los Angeles Music Awards in Hollywood, CA for 2013 & 2014—Catch Petty Fever on the Main Stage at the Fairgrounds, Saturday Night August 20th at 8:00 pm!
While the headlining acts are only just a taste of the Fair’s musical line-up, be sure to make it to all 4 days of the Fair to see local musicians and performers.
2015 San Juan County Fair
The 2015 San Juan County Fair is August 12-15. Wed.-Saturday, 10am-9pm. Entry day hours are Tuesday, August 11, 9am-6pm. This years theme is Strawberry Fields For-heifer. There is plenty of fun for the whole family at this great 4-day event. See you at the Fair! See all the info at
AG Corner at The Fair
08/01/15 Press Release: The SJC Fair Agriculture Exhibit (a.k.a. the Ag Corner) will feature San Juan County Berries & Dairies! Find us between the Beer Garden and the new Parks Office on the west side of the Main Building.
Come to the Ag Tent every day for Cooking With Local Foods presentations and get a tasty sample. We’ve got Berries! Local chefs Gretchen Allison will prepare Skillet Cornbread with Ricotta & Strawberries and dynamic duo Jan Sandberg & Jen Black will prepare Pork Shoulder Kabobs with Berry Sauc And Cheese! Come Sample Local Cheeses! And be sure to Wok It Up with Local Beef!
Best of all, 4-H Demonstrations will take place at the Ag Corner on Thursday, 2:30–4:30pm.
The Ag Corner is home to the Grains & Forage Department Bring your entries and come see all the grain and forage crops that can be grown in San Juan County! Boyd and Lovel Pratt, Ag Corner Coordinators, 360-378-7172 or firstname.lastname@example.org Full Schedule of Ag Events at www.sjcfair.org
County Fair Looking for Local Performers
07/10/15 Press Release from San Juan County Fairgrounds: We love showcasing local and Pacific Northwest talent! If you are based anywhere in the San Juan Islands or surrounding areas, apply now! Performers who are willing to volunteer their time and music are greatly appreciated! The Fair happens on August 12-15, 2015 at the San Juan County Fairgrounds. We are looking forward to hearing from a variety of genres and styles!
To check out our current headliners and fair information, visit www.sjcfair.org/events. If you have any questions, or would like to send a sample of your work to us, please e-mail email@example.com. We would love to hear your sound! YouTube link or .mp3 file preferred.
To apply, please visit: http://www.sjcfair.org/p/fair-event/performer-app. Don't miss this opportunity to perform in front of such a great crowd! The residents of San Juan County want to hear you!
2014 San Juan County Fair
The 2014 San Juan County Fair is August 13-16. Wed.-Saturday, 10am-9pm. Entry day hours are Tuesday, August 12, 9am-6pm. This years theme is Farm-tasic Fun! See you at the Fair! See all the info at
For more than one hundred years this community has been coming together to celebrate island life. The first San Juan County Fair was held in 1906 in a warehouse on the waterfront in Friday Harbor during the first week of October, a time when agriculture was flourishing in the islands. The event drew a crowd of over 1,200, not just islanders, but visitors from Bellingham and Anacortes who came by the steamer.
This years headliners are:
The Chameleons - Wed. Aug 13, 2014 at the Main Stage. The Chameleons are a favorite with locals in the San Juan Islands! Playing a mix of familiar rock and pop tunes from the 80’s, up through the present- each show features new songs added to the list! Their show is chock full of danceable songs along with a fun, entertaining style. This dynamic band features Dan Deshon, Kira Sable, Michael Linehan and Darvis Taylor - all residents of Friday Harbor.
Lace & Lead - Thurs. Aug 14, 2014. 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM at the Main Stage. Lace & Lead is an American country vocal group and songwriting team. The band is fronted by a dynamic vocal trio consisting of singers Trysh Hill, Emily Tanke, and Matt Hundley. The band recently returned from recording their debut album in Nashville, Tennessee with musicians from Florida Georgia Line and Jerrod Niemann & the Hung Jury, and are currently touring throughout the West Coast. The band combines tight vocal harmonies with their distinct songwriting and unique take on country music to create a sound that is both refreshing and unique, but true to the roots of country.
Rock- Bot Live Band Karaoke - Fri. Aug 15, 2014. 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM at the Main Stage. Rock-Bot is the Northwest's premier live-band-karaoke group! Bring out the secret rockstar in you! Rock-Bot has literally HUNDREDS of songs to choose from and you get to sing with some of the best musicians around. It's just like karaoke with words scrolling by on a screen, but a live band is there to play the music, sing back-ups, and keep you company on that stage. Rock, pop, country, funk, jazz...Rock-Bot has it all!
The Fair-ly Outrageous Trashion Fashion Show - Sat. Aug 16, 2014. 6:00pm at the Main Stage. The show, in it's seventh year, is a crazy runway fashion show of folks modeling costumes entirely made of recycled items. The show will feature a Seattle D.J. in gold lamé.
A cast of characters have already signed up, but there is room for more …YOU!! Please check the Fair website (www.sjcfair.org/events/2014/trashion-fashion-show) for particulars: categories for judging, the very few rules, and the deadline for paperwork (AUGUST 11). The rehearsal is only a quickie (costumes not required); It’s just to be sure you know “the moves.” Any questions that the Fair website doesn’t answer, contact Trashion Fashion queen Francie Hansen at 378-2731. She guarantees that if you decide to participate in the show, you’ll have a great time!
Hit Machine - Sat. Aug 16, 2014. 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM at the Main Stage. This high energy 5 piece band is contagious to say the least. The band plays hits from all eras as it’s not uncommon to here Stayin’ Alive (Bee Gees), Kiss (Prince), Dynamite (Taio Cruz), You Shook Me All Night Long (AC/DC) all in the same set. The band has synchronized dance moves and many appropriate ways to involve the crowd in the performance. Hit Machine has highlighted many prominent events including headlining Hood to Coast 2010-2014 in Seaside, headlining the Fort Vancouver Fireworks 2010-2014, playing many Blazer Playoff games down at the Rose Garden and for top notch corporate clients such as Nike, Sony, and Comcast.
Sweet Tastes at the Food Preservation Fair Booth
08/07/14 Press Release: The Pomona Grange Food Preservation booth will be a beehive of activity at this year’s Farm-tastic Fair. There will be People’s Choice – Jam and Jelly tastings daily at the Food Preservation booth from 2:00 PM to 3:00PM. Fairgoers are invited to stop by the Food Preservation booth and taste some of the jams and jellies then vote on their favorite sweet taste in the People’s Choice Awards.Also at the Food Preservation booth WSU and WA State Grange certified food preservation instructor, Terri Brown will be presenting FREE workshops to answer all your questions about safe food preservation and the criteria used by judges in determining the best of show preserved foods. The schedule for workshops is: Wednesday 4:00 PM, Thursday 4:00 PM and Friday at 1:00PM. Join us for one workshop or all three. Each of her presentations is different.
The AG CORNER at the 2014 San Juan County Fair
Press Release: FARM-TASTIC FUN at the Ag Corner at the San Juan County Fair! The SJC Fair Agriculture Exhibit (a.k.a. the Ag Corner) is the place to be to learn all about San Juan County Agriculture! Located next to Fruits and Vegetables in the NW corner of the Main Building, the Ag Corner is the place to learn about local farms and farm products!
Demonstrations: Come experience instructive demonstrations by our very own Master gardeners. Can I eat that flower that’s on my plate? What the heck is Bio Char? How can I eat seasonally or save my seeds? And what are all those bees doing buzzing around my garden? Taste and See our daily Cooking With Local Foods presentations on all the delicious ways to prepare local foods, with local chefs and cooks Ann Nelson, Deb Nolan, Jan Sandberg & Jen Black, and Cynthia Burke.
Exhibits: Curious about agriculture in San Juan County? Here’s the place to find out! Check out the latest census data on agriculture in the San Juans and the role farmers’ markets play in the county’s economy. Find out more about local groups involved in island agriculture: Island grown in the San Juans, San Juan Islands Conservation District, San Juan County Agricultural Resource Committee, San Juan Islands Agricultural Guild, and WSU Extension. Local farms will display their products, from herbs to honey and veggies to wool. And there’ll be some fascinating history on old island farms and barns.The Ag Corner is also the home of the Grains & Forage Department. Bring your entries and come see all the grain and forage crops that can be grown in San Juan County! See you soon at the Ag Corner at the San Juan County Fair!
2013 San Juan County Fair
The 2013 San Juan County Fair is August 14-17. Wed.-Saturday, 10am-9pm. This year the Fair is pleased to announce that through a generous donation they are able to offer Youth Exhibitors FREE entrance into the 2013 County Fair. The Youth Exhibitor fee (ages 5-16), which is normally $5.00 for entrance all four days, will be waived this year. Check out the Premium Book at the website, www.sjcfair.org and start planning your exhibit for the fair this year. Exhibitor entry day hours are Tuesday, August 13th, 9am-6pm.
This years theme is Footloose at the Fair! This is a sweet, small town county fair that is a lot of fun for the whole family. The Main Stage Headliners for 2013 are:
Fairly Outrageous Trashion Fashion Show, Wednesday, 8-9 pm. Kids and Adults will have a blast with this local homegrown event! It’s a crazy, super-recycled fashion show and has been a major hit. Lots of fun and laughs.
Caleb Klauder Country Band Thursday 7:30-9. The Caleb Klauder Country Band represents the best of the Northwest music scene. Caleb has been touring nationally and internationally for over 15 years, first with acclaimed folk-rock band Calobo, a luminary in the Northwest’s burgeoning music scene, and then with the widely celebrated Foghorn Stringband.
Cambalache Friday 7:30-9. Cambalache is at the top of the Northwest Salsa scene. They have broken attendance records of virtually every salsa club in the Northwest of the USA, Southwest of Canada and Alaska. Their show is considered to be one of the most entertaining and fun in the NW for salsa dancers as well as for those who just love the music. Testament to this is that Cambalache was selected to play at the 2001 Major League All-Star Game to a crowd of more than 55,000 people at Safeco Field in Seattle.
Freddy Pink Saturday, 7-9pm. Drawing from a diverse repertoire, spanning Rock and Soul hits from the 60’s, the 70’s, the 80’s, and the 90’s, Freddy Pink delivers them all, with a new-millennium twist. That has been for years, and continues to be, “The Freddy Pink Promise!” Through the years Freddy Pink’s “A” list performers have worked with such giants as Tina Turner, Sly and The Family Stone, Tower of Power, and Little Richard to name a few.
2012 San Juan County Fair Photos
08/18/12: For more than one hundred years folks has been coming to the San Juan County Fair. The first fair was held in 1906 in a warehouse on the waterfront in Friday Harbor during the first week of October, a time when agriculture was flourishing in the islands. Thanks to Ted Strutz for these great photos taken at the San Juan County Fair this year. See more fair photos here...
2012 Fairly Outrageous Trashion Fashion Show Photos
08/16/12: Check out these photos by Vicky Giannangelo of the wildly popular Fairly Outrageous Trashion Fashion Show that took place Wednesday Aug. 15 at the 2012 San Juan County Fair. The show, in it's fifth year, is a crazy runway fashion show of folks modeling costumes entirely made of recycled items. See more Trashion Fashion photos here...
It's San Juan County Fair Time!
The 2012 San Juan County Fair is August 15-18, 2012. Wed.-Saturday, 10am-9pm. Entry day hours are Tuesday, August 14th, 9am-6pm. This years theme is Food, Fun, Fair! This is a sweet, small town county fair that is a lot of fun for the whole family. SEASON PASS Senior (65 and over) - $18. Adult - $22. Youth (age 5 to 16)- $10. (Under 5 years old is free). DAILY PASS Senior (65 and over) - $10. Adult - $12. Youth (age 5 to 16)- $5. (Under 5 years old is free) EXHIBITOR PASS Adult - $15. Youth (age 5 to 16)- $5.
The Main Stage Headliners for 2012 are: Fairly Outrageous Trashion Fashion Show, Wednesday, 8-9 pm. Kids and Adults will have a blast this local homegrown event! It’s a crazy, super-recycled fashion show and has been a major hit. Lots of fun and laughs.
The Tease, Thursday, 7-9pm. This hot, local band featuring Thomas Sandstrom - Lead Guitar, Tim Lance - Vocals, Mr. Conrad - Drums, Steve Cutting - Bass and Tim Dustrude - Rhythm Guitar will hit the stage with a great show featuring tunes to get you up and dancing!
Polecat, Friday 7-9pm. Polecat’s unique Americana music celebrates life, love, and good times. They seamlessly blend genres including bluegrass, country, Celtic, rock, and world music into their sound with boot stompin’ fiddle, fancy finger work guitar, light and sweet bluegrass drum beats and tight upright bass tying it all together. Polecat has been described as a “breath of fresh air” with their pure, unwavering connection with the audience.
Lloyd Jones Band Saturday, 7-9pm. Lloyd Jones, a gifted singer, songwriter, American storyteller and energetic showman will bring his biting guitar licks, his air-tight band and danceable ham-fisted blues to the Main Stage on Saturday night. This Portland, Oregon roots artist has recorded six critically acclaimed albums, toured internationally, and racked up dozens of major awards and accolades. Jones, a master of the soulful understatement, the raw growl, and the groove combines New Orleans rhythms, the simplicity of Memphis music, and the rawness of the blues, all for the 21st century.
There is plenty of fun for whole family at this great 4-day event. See you at the Fair! See all the info at The Fair's website.
The Green Village at the County Fair
Members of the Stewardship Network of the San Juans have fun activities planned for you at the 2012 San Juan County Fair. Everyday from 10-4 at The Green Village Booths there will be activities where you can learn about the flora and fauna of our wonderful island ecosystems, or a bit of island history, or how to green your landscape. There will be live sea creatures and fish eggs; maps, native plants and more! Fill out a survey and enter your chance to win a gift basket full of eco goodies.From 10:00 to 12:00 on Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday the San Juan Nature Institute will bring live marine invertebrates from UW Friday Harbor Labs for a show and tell. On Friday they will present a watershed demonstration and give visitors the opportunity to create their own watershed model. On Wednesday from 1:00 to 3:00 Wolf Hollow Wildlife Rehabilitation Center presents "All About Owls" to teach visitors about the owls that live in the San Juan Islands.
On Thursday from 1:00 to 2:00 you will have the opportunity to learn fun information about the little forage fish that use our shorelines during a presentation by Friends of the San Juans called "Little Fish in the Sea." This will be followed by the National Park Service from 2:00 to 4:00 with the opportunity to explore the island's history and learn more about the military occupation.
Friday from 1:00 to 3:00 The Whale Museum brings "Which Whale is That" where you will learn how to identify individual orcas and help name the new babies from K and L Pod. Rounding out the day is a contra dance sponsored by National Park Service and Michael Cohen from 4:00 to 6:00. Finally, on
Saturday from 1:00 to 4:00 you will be treated to a demonstration on how to build your own garden retreat spot from The Re Store/Re Sources.
2011 San Juan County Fair Photos
Thanks to Cynthia Brast for the great photos above.
It's 2011 San Juan County Fair Time!
Wed. August 17th-Saturday Aug. 29th, 2011. 10am-9pm. SEASON PASS Senior (65 and over) - $18. Adult - $22. Youth(age 5 to 16)- $10. (Under 5 years old is free) DAILY PASS Senior (65 and over) - $10. Adult - $12. Youth (age 5 to 16)- $5. (Under 5 years old is free) EXHIBITOR PASS Adult - $15. Youth (age 5 to 16)- $5.
By Nancy Larsen: For more than one hundred years this community has been coming together to celebrate island life. The first San Juan County Fair was held in 1906 in a warehouse on the waterfront in Friday Harbor during the first week of October, a time when agriculture was flourishing in the islands. Under the auspices of the San Juan Farm Bureau, farmers and county residents alike were proud to show off the "splendid products of the soil," the Islander reported. The event drew a crowd of over 1,200, not just islanders, but visitors from Bellingham and Anacortes who came by the steamer.
On display during the first Fair were the county's prolific crops: fruits, flowers, grains and grasses. Aside from "ordinary products of our fertile farms and fruitful orchards," the paper reported that Orcas Island farmer P. Bostian exhibited tobacco, a crop he was experimenting with. Other farmers were trying out walnuts and chestnuts, quinces and citron, also displayed that year. The livestock exhibit included some of the best teams of horses driven by the county's farmers. Continued here...