Kids watch as loggers climb 60 foot poles during the International Lumberjack Show on opening day of the Evergreen State Fair on Aug. 22 in Monroe. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

Kids watch as loggers climb 60 foot poles during the International Lumberjack Show on opening day of the Evergreen State Fair on Aug. 22 in Monroe. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

A record-breaking year for the Evergreen State Fair

Great weather, new events and increased marketing all contributed to a huge turnout for the fair.

MONROE — The Evergreen State Fair broke its attendance record by almost 5,000 people this year. With daily traffic ranging from 19,000 to 52,000 visitors, the final tally for the 12-day event was about 355,600.

The previous record was 350,800 in 2017.

County leaders attribute increased attendance to more digital marketing, some new offerings and a growing population in Snohomish County.

Some popular new hot spots included additional beer and wine gardens, first-time food vendors and an expanded Maker’s Market showcasing artisanal goods from the region, county parks spokesperson Shannon Hays said.

Great weather certainly didn’t hurt attendance either, interim fair manager Jeremy Husby said. Rain fell on only one day.

This year’s fair also didn’t have any issues with wildfire smoke, which put a damper on turnout in 2018 and 2017.

The sold-out Aug. 27 Brett Young concert was one of the most popular events, with 5,000 people attending, Husby said.

The demolition derby, the Newsboys concert and the rodeo also drew big crowds.

“Ultimately, our numbers continue to go up because we offer a wonderful experience for families, friends, couples, and individuals of all backgrounds,” Husby said. “All are welcome at the Evergreen State Fair, and there is something for everyone to enjoy and delight in from monster trucks to baby piglets.”

Julia-Grace Sanders: 425-339-3439; jgsanders@heraldnet.com.

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