Snohomish County announced today that plans are being developed to open an 11-day Evergreen State Fair at the Evergreen State Fair Park in Monroe this year from August 26-31 and September 2-6. The Fair will be closed September 1. This year’s theme: “Back in the Saddle Again – Open for Fun in 2021” is a cheerful metaphor of dusting oneself off after the challenging ride that was 2020, and the anticipation of reuniting members of the community and fans of the Fair after making it through 2020 together. With increased sanitation, capacity limits and adherence to health guidelines like social distancing and mask usage, the Fair staff has plans in place to keep everyone safe and healthy while at the Fair Park.
Since health and safety guidelines and related metrics will ultimately guide decision-making, the Fair will feel and look a little different in 2021. Snohomish County officials are hopeful that the 2021 Fair will nonetheless bring a lot of joy and tradition back to the summer festivities.
“One mission of the Fair is to connect communities,” said Jeremy Husby, Division Manager, Evergreen State Fair Park. “Every year the fairgoers, volunteers, and our partners celebrate and showcase the hard work of our neighbors, friends and fair family. The 2021 Fair acknowledges the challenges and isolation the community faced during the last year. While respecting the challenges are not over, we are committed to offering an event that celebrates our fellow Washingtonians. Our event hopes to reconnect our communities and demonstrate we have so much to be thankful for now and into the future.”
With changes such as advance purchase admission and parking e-ticketing, electronic building capacity message boards and other innovations, Fair staff are working hard to make a 2021 Fair safe, fun and possible.
“Snohomish County welcomes some celebration after a year of struggle and sacrifice,” said Snohomish County Executive Dave Somers. “While the Evergreen State Fair may be a bit different this year, we’re looking forward to getting everyone ‘Back in the Saddle Again!’ We have no doubt that our agriculture community, vendors, guests, and Fair family will be excited to have the opportunity enjoy the end of summer festivities the Fair offers.”
“Everyone looks forward to the Evergreen State Fair, and after the cancellation in 2020, we couldn’t be happier to see this important community event come back,” said Snohomish County Council Chair Stephanie Wright. “With the proper health and safety guidelines, it will be a fun, festive, and safe fair.”
More announcements about entertainment, exhibits, vendors and more will be announced in the coming months. It will be crucial to “Know before you go” to enjoy a safe and fun fair. With COVID-19 information changing frequently, the guidelines and state recommendations for fairs could shift. Stay connected with the Fair Park and updates through their website, newsletter and social media at www.evergreenfair.org/.