State fair’s 12-day run starts Aug. 26

One might expect to see goats, pigs or cows at the Evergreen State Fair.

And those animals and others will again be part of the fun, but for this, the 102nd installment of the late-summer event, dinosaurs have returned.

A “Days of the Dinosaurs” exhibit, including life-size dinosaur robots and skeleton replicas, will amaze fairgoers of all ages, and kids can use real paleontology tools to go on their very own archaeological digs.

With “Home Grown Fun” being the 2010 theme, organizers say their other emphasis is on incorporating homegrown things wherever possible.

One example will be the 4-H/FFA exhibit buildings, where produce will be growing in some of the displays.

Fairgoers can expect the ever-popular carnival rides and games; grandstand concerts; extreme monster truck shows and a variety of livestock events, including the rodeo.

Grandstand events begin with the Monster Truck Shows at 7 p.m. Aug. 26 and 27.

Next up will be the Los Lobos concert at 7 p.m. Aug. 29. Tickets are $25.

The Everett Symphony Orchestra will present “Summon Our Heroes,” at 7:45 p.m. Aug. 30. The show is a tribute to all members of the military and emergency responders. Tickets are $18 for ages 16 and older, free for kids younger than 16 with paid fair admission.

A video screen has been added to enhance this year’s concerts.

For the full lineup, ticket prices and purchase information, see or call 800-745-3000.

The carnival will run 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily, Thursday through Sept. 5 and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sept. 6. Ride coupons cost $1 each, and every ride requires three to five coupons. Height requirements for the rides are listed at

General hours for the fair are 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily, Thursday through Sept. 5 and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sept. 6.

The fairgrounds are at 14405 179th Ave. SE in Monroe, just off U.S. 2.

Admission is $10 for ages 16 to 61, $7 ages 62 to 89, $7 ages 6 to 15, free for ages 90 and older and 5 and younger.

Also noteworthy about admission is that the fair again has themed days, like Thursday’s Opening Day, when everyone will be admitted free until 1 p.m.; Senior Citizen’s Day, with free gate admission for ages 62 and older on Aug. 30, and Twosday Tuesday, with $2 gate admission before 2 p.m. Aug. 31. See to learn more.

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