STANWOOD — Still hailing itself as the “Best Li’l Fair in the West,” the Stanwood-Camano Community Fair begins a three-day run Friday at the fairgrounds on Pioneer Highway.
Begun in the Great Depression as a harvest celebration and still run by a team of volunteers, the fair has drawn as many as 40,000 people each summer.
This year’s theme “Eat! Grow! Show!” has an emphasis on young people and includes livestock and agriculture exhibits, a carnival and entertainment.
At the fair, gates open at 9 a.m. and close at midnight Friday and Saturday; gates close at 6 p.m. Sunday.
Tickets are $10; seniors and kids are $7. Children up to age 5 are admitted for free.
On the way to the first day of the fair, people are encouraged to stop by the Port Susan Farmers Market, which is open from 3 to 7 p.m. Fridays through Oct. 18 at Viking Village, 26920 88th Ave. NW.
Fair weekend also is celebrated with the Rotary Club’s annual community parade, starting at 11 a.m. Saturday heading west on 271st Street NW through downtown Stanwood.
The entertainment at the fair this year includes several bands from north Snohomish County bands including the Miller family’s Blueberry Hill bluegrass band from Stanwood; Trainwreck, a country music and southern rock band from Stanwood and Camano; Strutz, a classic rock band from Arlington, which, by the way, is taking a year off from its Strutzfest music festival in Darrington; and Pioneer Highway from Camano Island.
For more information and a schedule, go to stanwoodcamanofair.org.