NW Washington Fair: A Washington Summer Must

by Dave Brumbaugh

Canadian country star Terri Clark, rock band Skillet, the Lynden PRCA Rodeo and the always-popular demolition derby are among the highlights Aug. 17-22 at the 105th Northwest Washington Fair in Lynden, Wash.

“We’ve added some highly entertaining acts while continuing to promote appreciation for the amazing diversity of agriculture here,” said fair manager Jim Baron.

The Northwest Washington Fair, which annually draws around 200,000 attendees each year, will be open from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. each day. Gate admission is $12 for adults, $10 for seniors 62 and older and $7 for children ages 6-12. Children 5 and younger are admitted for free.

An important part of this year’s fair is an increased commitment to healthy hand-washing practices.

“We have doubled the number of hand-washing stations throughout the fairgrounds to 24 in addition to public restrooms,” Baron said. “We’re enlisting hand-washing ambassadors who will staff the stations and help spread the message of healthy hand-washing habits, especially among children.”

Skillet

Skillet

Highlights of this year’s Northwest Washington Fair will include:

  • More than 60 drivers are expected to crash into each other during afternoon and evening demolition derby shows Aug. 17.

  • The 11th-annual Lynden PRCA Rodeo, featuring some of the world’s top professional cowboys competing in bull riding, bareback riding and more, will be presented Aug. 18-19.

  • Top-flight entertainers take over the next two nights with rock band Skillet and special guest Colton Dixon on the grandstand stage Aug. 20 and country singing star Terri Clark returning to the fair Aug. 21.

  • Local racers and some of the region’s top professionals will compete on a motocross course featuring 60-foot jumps Aug. 22.

  • Does your dog love to jump off a dock into water? Then enter Fido in the DockDogs competition (www.dockdogs.com), which has a 40-foot dock to determine which dog can soar the farthest before splashing into the water.

  • Goats, sheep, chickens, pigs and other surprise animals will wear racing silks as they hoof and waddle their way around and sometimes over the track in the Great American Speedway Crazy Animal Races.

Both DockDogs and the animal races are free performances for fairgoers.

But the fair’s focus continues to be on the cows, horses, pigs, sheep and more — thousands of exhibits from local farms, residents and youth, displaying the area’s best in livestock, flowers, art and more.

A wide variety of carnival rides and games for all ages also is available from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily. Free entertainment that includes musicians, magicians, a hypnotist and local performers will be featured each day from 10 a.m.-10 p.m. on the Charter College Festival Stage.

The schedule of featured grandstand performances follows (prices don’t include gate admission, which is required):

  • Monday, Aug. 17 – Demolition Derby. Reserved grandstand tickets are $10 for the 12:30 p.m. show and $15 for the 7:30 p.m. show.

  • Tuesday, Aug. 18 and Wednesday, Aug. 19 – Lynden PRCA Rodeo, 7:30 p.m.; $15.

  • Thursday, Aug. 20 – Skillet with special guest Colton Dixon, 7:30 p.m.; reserved tickets, $25-$35.

  • Friday, Aug. 21 – Terri Clark, 7:30 p.m.; reserved tickets, $15-$40.

  • Saturday, Aug. 22 – Motocross races, 7:30 p.m.; reserved tickets, $15.

The public can purchase tickets and select seats for all grandstand performances through the fair’s website, www.nwwafair.com. Tickets purchased through the website may be printed by the buyer through their computer, eliminating the need to pick them up at the fair office. Tickets also are available at the fair office, 1775 Front St., Lynden, and by phone at (360) 354-4111.