Drive-In at The Fairgrounds
Check out the new Drive-In at the San Juan County Fairgrounds! Shows start at dusk, open for parking at 8:15 and all bigger vehicles will be parked in the back. Food and drink vendors will be on site.
Next show is on SATURDAY, July 5th and features "Back to the Future". Admission is $5. More info @ http://sjcfair.org/
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! There is plenty of fun for whole family at this great 4-day event. 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. Time TBA 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.
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.
Footloose at the 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.
San Juan Islands Agricultural Guild's 2013 SJ County Fair Ag Tent Schedule. For more info contact Boyd Pratt, Superintendent of the 2013 Fair Agricultural Tent at 378-7172.
Island Scenes: A Celebration of Place
07/10/13: In San Juan County we see historic rural and small town views becoming suburban. The Island Scenes project is an effort to record images of what is here now which represent "old Island" and what we hope will be here in the future.
Artists of all ages who live in the San Juan Islands are asked to portray a scene which strikes them as "old island." One image per person, any two dimensional medium - photography, oil, pastel, finger painting, watercolor, acrylic, etc. and matted or framed outside dimensions: minimum 8" x 10" to maximum 16" x 20". Ready to hang. No jurying, no prizes.
Deadline: Monday, July 15, to reserve a place. Contact Peter Fromm: 378-8378 or Emily Reed Geyman 378-2750 or email@example.com. Artwork is not needed until August 13 when the display will be set up at the fair.
San Juan County Fair is Looking for Entertainers
03/21/13: The San Juan County Fair is seeking performers of all types for this year's fair which will take place Wednesday, August 14 through Saturday, August 17, 2013. The fair features four days of exciting and unique entertainment for all ages. Musicians, dancers, singers, magicians, storytellers, comedians, acrobats -- all are welcome to apply.
All ages with all types of talent are encouraged to apply. Variety is the focus and as always performers who bring joy, fun and flexibility are greatly appreciated. Applications for performing may be found on the Fair’s website, www.sjcfair.org or by calling the San Juan County Fair at 378-4310 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
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...