Enjoy the Simple Pleasures of A County Fair….
Looking for an end-of-the-summer weekend that doesn’t involve smog, traffic-choked streets, expensive parking, and crowd-clogged events? Then skip Seattle’s Bumbershoot and plan to attend the annual Ferry County Fair in Republic, Washington. A scenic, five-and-a-half-hour drive from Seattle, the fair provides visitors with all the fun and pleasures of an old-fashioned country fair in an environment of sweet, clean mountain air, pastoral mountain roads, and jewel-like lakes.
The county fair traces its origins to Grange fairs begun in 1940. Reclassified as a county fair in 1971, the fair now has something to offer every taste and interest. Explore local art, crafts, photography, canning, dog shows, livestock exhibitions, and horse shows. Exhibits are entered on Wednesday. Judging is scheduled for Thursday. Friday is Kid’s Day, and includes games and races.
On Saturday and Sunday, witness exciting Pony Express, ¾- and 1-mile horse races, as well as trailer, barrel, women’s 1/4 mile races, and timed-event contests.
In between the contests, shows, and exhibits, enjoy the hot dog, hamburger, and taco stands.
Blues, Bluegrass, and Old-time Music
From bluegrass to old-time country to blues music, there’s a sure-to-please gathering of talented regional musicians and singers set to perform Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at the Ferry County Fair’s Labor Day celebration. Bring your sun hat and come enjoy the work of musicians and singers. For the official fair schedule, visit the Ferry County Fair’s information page .
Visitors to the fair shouldn’t miss an opportunity to photograph and ride Ferry County’s restored, century-old merry-go-round. The traveling carnival merry-go-round (popularized in the late 19th century) was built by the Armitage-Herschell Company between 1895-1900. Youngsters and oldsters alike are encouraged to give it a ride; it’s a joy to the eye and the spirit.
Food & Lodging
Stay at the fairground’s campground on O’Brien Creek (full hook-ups available). Cabin, motel, camping, and RV sites are also available at nearby Curlew Lake, and in Republic, and Curlew, Washington. Restaurants, groceries, and camping supplies are available in the town of Republic and (to a lesser extent) in Curlew, Washington.
The Ferry County fairground is located 3-1/2 miles northeast of Republic, Washington on Hwy. 20.
12 Fairgrounds RD
Republic, WA, 99166
Map is for entertainment purposes only. FerryCounty.com makes no claims as to the accuracy of the map.
- Aug. 31-Sept. 2, 2018
- Gates open at 8:00 a.m. daily!
- Calendar of Fair Events: Ferry County Fair’s official Web site. See event listing in PDF: http://ferrycountyfair.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/Premium-Book-Working-2018-Final.pdf
- Vendors please contact the fair managers directly at:
Fair and Fairgrounds Managers
Vera and Marcus Johnston
PO Box 421
12 Fairgrounds Rd
Republic WA 99166
Office: (509) 775-3146