Douglas Ryner brushes twin cows Thelma and Louise at the Evergreen State Fair on Sept. 1, 2019, in Monroe. (Olivia Vanni / Herald file)

Douglas Ryner brushes twin cows Thelma and Louise at the Evergreen State Fair on Sept. 1, 2019, in Monroe. (Olivia Vanni / Herald file)

11 days of glee: Evergreen State Fair ‘Back in the Saddle’

The fair was called off in 2020 due to COVID-19. Organizers are planning a revised event this year.

MONROE — Scones could replace shots at the Evergreen State Fairgrounds this summer.

After months of mass COVID-19 testing and vaccines, the Monroe fairgrounds are expected to be filled with squealing pigs and kids when the Evergreen State Fair is revived after being called off in 2020.

“We are doing our best to make sure that we can have a fair,” fair division manager Jeremy Husby said. “We will know for sure 30 days before the fair. We’ll plan to have it until we are told otherwise.”

COVID metrics, safety and guidelines at fair time will determine if it’s a go.

The fair is slated to run Aug. 26 through Sept. 6, closing for one day on Sept. 1.

The theme is “Back in the Saddle Again — Open for Fun in 2021” — a cheerful metaphor for all the dusting off after the challenging ride of the pandemic.

“It’s about showing we’re resilient and that we want to be here for the community and give people hope,” Husby said.

This year will be the 112th fair. The fair was not held three years in a row as a result of the Spanish Flu pandemic of 1918, and twice during World War II.

Last year’s cancellation was a blow not only to the 350,000 people who attend as a tradition of summer joy but also the vendors and area businesses that rely on income from the fair. The fair is one of the largest events in the county.

The rides, games and elephant ears will be served up with modifications. There will be increased sanitation, capacity limits, social distancing and mask usage.

“Snohomish County welcomes some celebration after a year of struggle and sacrifice,” County Executive Dave Somers said in a news release. “While the Evergreen State Fair may be a bit different this year, we’re looking forward to getting everyone ‘Back in the Saddle Again!’”

The fair requires hundreds of volunteers.

“It’s like setting up a small city,” Husby said. “For all the exhibits, 832 different types of categories get judged every year. Everything from knitting to animal livestock, different breeds, beer, cakes, cookies, floral culture.”

Cowboys and bucking broncos won’t be providing thrills.

“We’re not planning to have a rodeo this year,” Husby said. “We’re trying to have everything else.”

Scones, of course.

“That’s my number one question today: ‘Where do I get in line for scones now?’” Husby said.

More at evergreenfair.org.

Andrea Brown: abrown@heraldnet.com; 425-339-3443. Twitter @reporterbrown.

Talk to us

More in Local News

A resident reported finding a dead Asian giant hornet near Marysville on June 4. (U.S. Department of Agriculture)
Dead ‘murder hornet’ found in Marysville, a first for county

It could be from a previous season, scientists say, because males don’t typically emerge this early.

Jeff Thoreson does a cheer with his second grade class before the start of their kickball game on his last in-person day of school on Thursday, June 17, 2021 in Snohomish, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Snohomish teacher hit the right notes in memorable career

Jeff Thoreson will retire this month after molding minds at Riverview Elementary School for 41 years.

FILE - In this Dec. 16, 2020, file photo, Staff Sgt. Travis Snyder, left, receives the first dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine given at Madigan Army Medical Center at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington state, south of Seattle. Nurse Jose Picart, right, administered the shot. Washington Gov. Jay Inslee on Thursday, June 17, 2021, announced a new COVID-19 vaccine incentive lottery for the state's military, family members and veterans because the federal government wasn't sharing individual vaccine status of those groups with the state and there were concerns they would be left out of a previously announced lottery. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)
New vaccine lottery announced for military in Washington

Gov. Inslee said there were concerns they would be left out of a previously announced lottery.

Police: After short chase in Marysville, man dies by suicide

Officers responded to a domestic violence call. The suspect reportedly shot himself at the end of a chase.

The Everett Police Department has asked the City Council to keep its nine Stay Out of Drug Areas, zones where people arrested for drug crimes are not allowed. (City of Everett)
Everett police ask council to renew 9 drug enforcement areas

SODAs are a legal tool that prohibits people arrested for drug crimes from entering certain areas.

Sequoia High graduates move their tassels from one side to the other at the end of the graduation ceremony on Thursday, June 17, 2021 in Everett, Washington. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)
Gallery: Sequoia High Graduation

Sequoia High School graduates receive their diplomas

Woman killed in hit-and-run south of Everett is identified

Detectives have been searching for the vehicle that struck Katherine Mueller, 31, of Snohomish.

Pallet communities are groups of tiny homes for unhoused people. Here, a worker installs weatherstripping on a pallet shelter at Pallet in Everett in January 2020. (Kevin Clark / Herald file)
Tiny home community is proposed at a Marysville church

The Pallet shelter community would provide transitional housing to eight people. Neighbors have questions.

In Edmonds, ‘small cell’ deployment permit becomes a big deal

The City Council has allowed new cellular equipment under an ordinance that regulates conditions.

Most Read