Web demonstration at the 2017 fair.

There is so much more work to be done at this year’s show beyond what has been covered so far in this ten day countdown. Here is a list to give you an idea. For details see the Fair website. Some of the events take place over multiple days including Minecraft, Bingo, Zuke 500, Yoga, Matt Henry’s Comedy Juggling Stunt Show, High Noon Games, Matt Henry’s Big Bubble Show, etc.

Warping a Loom | Flow Collective (Yoga) | Matt Henry: Big Bubble Show | Crafts: duck box | Minecraft @ Fair 2022 | SALMON: Jess Newley & Katherine Dietzman | Matt Henry: Comedy Juggling Stunt Show | High Noon Games | WHALES OF THE SALISH SEA with Tracie Merrill | fleece straightening | Workshop: making sauerkraut | 4-H Performing Arts | Crafts: Affirmation Rock Painting | WILD NEIGHBORS with Shona Aitkin | spinning demonstration | Z-500 Race | BINGO | Natural coloring demonstration | Group Art Water Balloon Mural | HISTORY OF PATOS LIGHT STATION with Catch Patton | ALL ABOUT OWLS with Shona Aitkin | TALKING TRASH : panel discussion | YOUTH ACTIVITY NIGHT | WALPERLEN ACTIVITY with Brie Chartier | GOT WORMS – VERMI-COMPOSTING AND ITS ADVANTAGES with Daniel LoBue | FairPaper Craft Bowl Making | CAMAS! with Margo Thorp | paper butterfly | Potholder Making | COAST SALISH CLAM BASKETS featuring Sam Barr | paper marbling | Iceland Rec 8.8k Loop Run | Sheep Shearing Demonstration | OLD MILITARY ROAD TRAIL – A NEW TRAIL CONNECTING AMERICAN AND ENGLISH CAMPS with Dave Zeretske | BIOCHAR WORKSHOP with Kai-Hoffman | Trashion Fashion |


The admission fee for the San Juan County Fair has been increased to $30 for a four-day pass for adults and $20 for children. There is a way to reduce costs.

Young people between the ages of 6 and 17 get free entry if they are exhibitors. In other words, type something – Cooking, Art, Flowers, Fruits, Vegetables, Scarecrow, Zucchini Racer, etc. (See the Premium Book for a complete list and entry requirements) and you will receive a free ticket for all four days of the fair. A generous anonymous donor made this possible.

Adult exhibitors receive a discount on the four-day pass. It costs $20.

Exhibitor passes will be sold at the Main Ticket Gate until Friday. An exhibitor check must be presented to purchase an exhibitor ticket. Horse participants, bring your registration receipt with you.

The fair is open from Wednesday to Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to midnight. In particular, exhibitions and entertainment are open from 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m

The carnival opens daily at 12pm and closes at 12pm or earlier.

Tickets can be purchased at the main gate, school gate or online.


Adult: $30

Active Military: $20

Seniors (65+): $20

Youth (6-17 years): $20

Ages 5 & under: FREE


Adult $15

Active Military: $10

Seniors (65+): $10

Youth (6-17 years): $10

Ages 5 & under: FREE


Adult exhibitor $20

Youth Exhibitors (ages 6-17): FREE


Musical entertainment is always a big attraction at the fun fair. This year, performances will take place on the Main Stage and Community Stage, showcasing the islands’ best and world-class talent. Get to know the bands by listening to some of their hits here Spotify playlist:

Headlining Friday night is Seattle-based supergroup True Loves. The band, led by guitarist Jimmy James, combines elements of Curtis Mayfield with soul-driven funk. With a full horn section, the band is sure to rock some socks. (Pro tip – don’t miss True Love trombonist Greg Kramer on Thursday afternoon on the Community Stage.)

As any islander knows, travel is far from reliable in the summer months. With that in mind, the County Fair House Band was born. Comprised of professional musicians based in Reno, NV and Big Water, UT, this crew will soon become familiar faces. Look out for members of the County Fair House Band on the sets of Rachael McElhiney, Spencer Kilpatrick, San Gabriel and The Sand Gators.

Not only has talent been rallied from afar, but many locals from the island are included in the four-day lineup. From newly formed sensation MUDBATH! to old and new favorites like Trashion Fashion, Shadow Basket and the San Juan Island All Star Band, the local lineup has it all. Don’t miss Saturday afternoon on the Community Stage with Island Honkytonks Jesus Chords.


SUMx3 3:45 p.m. to 4:30 p.m

San Juan Island Allstar Band 5pm to 5:45pm

County Fair House Band 6:15 p.m. to 7:15 p.m

DJ EQUIPMENT – San Gabriel 6:15 p.m. to 7:15 p.m

Kate Dinsmore 7:45 p.m. to 8:30 p.m

whales 9 p.m. to 10 p.m


Yeshua Marshall 2 p.m. to 2:30 p.m

Gregory Kramer 5:15 p.m. to 6:00 p.m

DJ EQUIPMENT – San Gabriel 6:15 p.m. to 7:15 p.m

Rachel McElhiney 7:30 p.m. to 8:15 p.m

forest ray 8:45 p.m. to 10:00 p.m


music by Paul 2 p.m. to 3 p.m

Spencer Kilpatrick 6 p.m. to 7 p.m

Deep hum 7:30 p.m. to 8:15 p.m

true loves 8:45 p.m. to 10:15 p.m


tears for beer 1pm to 1:30pm

mud bath 1:45 p.m. to 2:30 p.m

La Fonda 4pm to 4:45pm

Chris King and the Gutterballs 7:15 p.m. to 8:00 p.m

BOLERO 8:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m


Something new this year: This year’s theme is a bingo reference – “Two Little Ducks; Quack, quack!” – referring to calling B-22 during a bingo game. In honor of the subject, nightly bingo games takes place every evening on the Community Stage. It’s free to play and exciting prizes are waiting for you.


2017 Fair Competition. Photos by Matt Pranger

4-H members have a busy schedule for the show. Pigs, goats, cows, rabbits and more are on display in the barns. A demonstration competition is held in the Ag tent. Cat show, dog show, cattle, pig and goat show are just some of the events on the program. The horse games on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday at 6pm in the main arena are a crowd pleaser. Check out this slideshow Horse Games 2019.

Livestock auction 2017 Photos by Matt Pranger

The 4-H activities will culminate with a livestock auction on Saturday at 1pm. 4H SCHEDULE


Have you found your perfect zucchini yet? Islanders of all ages bring their zucchini racers to the popular races at the racetrack (at the skate park) every day. Half the fun is seeing what the Zuke racers look like. The islanders have no shortage of imagination.

There are two categories –

1. Custom: Zucchini ingredients are allowed

2nd floor: A zucchini must be used as the body of the racer.

The most important rule to remember is that you can’t race if your racing bike doesn’t fit the track. The track is 12 inches wide.

The races start daily at 5 p.m. Registration must be made by 3 p.m

Details on the Zuke 500 will be published on the Fair website. look at that Slideshow of races 2017.

Stock category racers.

Custom category racers

Custom category racers

Stock category racers


Trashion fashion is one of the crowd favorites. Participants create outfits from junk/recycled items and model her during a fashion show on Saturday, August 20 at 5:15 p.m. in the main stage area. Mandatory rehearsal (not in costume) on Monday, August 15th in the main stage area, yes, that’s before the fair starts. Check out this slideshow Trashion fashion show 2017.

Trashion Fashion 2019 San Juan County Fair

Applicants are invited to create wearable artwork/fashion from recycled, repurposed, reused and/or found materials. The pieces must be durable enough to be worn on the show. Vintage or used clothing will not be accepted unless it has been significantly repurposed and transformed into something essentially ‘new’. Use tape and newspaper sparingly in your design.

Consider following the theme “Two little ducks; Quack Quack” More details on Page 44 of the premium book.


Nine days to the opening day of the four-day San Juan County Fair. The popular scarecrow contest is back. Entries will be judged in these categories: Most Creative | Recycled | Traditional | Best Use of Two Little Ducks Theme; quack quack”

Be sure to visit the Scarecrow’s Garden by the Pavilion and vote for your favorite in the following categories (voting will be done on the ballot papers on the ‘Best Of’ awards kiosks)

Scarecrows at the 2017 San Juan County Fair.


Check-in at the exhibition office just inside the main gate, Scarecrow locations will be assigned upon arrival. All scarecrows must be reported between 9am and 6pm on the general admission day of the fair, Tuesday 16 August (the day before the fair). Scarecrows can be picked up on the official collection day of the fair, Sunday, August 18, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

All scarecrow entries must be:

-Freestanding/Anchored*. Weather hearty (take rain and wind into account – all scarecrows are displayed outside)

-All scarecrows must be suitable for viewing by all members of the community.

– Only entries created in the current trade fair year will be accepted

-Cannot exceed 4 feet width.

-One entry per household.

-Animatronic/electric parts not allowed.

– All limbs, accessories, etc. must be securely attached.

* Exhibitors must provide their own anchors such as stakes, poles, pegs, etc.


There are 10 days left until the 2022 San Juan County Fair opening day. Do you have your entry ready? Try this Online Bonus A book or use the direct links to each Open class division on the fair’s website.

Entry day is Tuesday, August 16, from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Collection of exhibits from 9am to 12pm Sunday 21st August

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