Preparations underway for county fair


August 11, 2022

Wahkiakum County Fair volunteers are already busy getting their areas ready for the big event next week, the 2022 Wahkiakum County Fair, Aug. 18, 19, and 20. Fair Manager Patty Dursteler is anxiously awaiting new asphalt for the Midway, which she expects to be done this Wednesday or Thursday.

“That’s the big exciting thing for me,” Dursteler said. “That’s huge for the fairgrounds. That was probably the main reason we went after state funding, the grants, to get the new paving in here. It’s going to be super exciting to have it done.”

Dursteler also said that the new building for the goats, sheep, and pigs might not be ready for the fair, but it will be close. Otherwise, volunteers are cleaning, painting, and setting up their areas, and getting ready for entries, exhibits and visitors.

The theme for the 2022 Wahkiakum County Fair is Tractor Wheels and Cowboy Heels.

There will be the usual food at the Grange booth, as well as elephant ears, corn on the cob, tacos, and teriyaki chicken bowls. The popular salmon barbecue starts at noon on Saturday, Aug. 18. It costs $10 a plate and will go until they run out.

Pony rides are returning, and little kids games. There is an inflatable for the youngsters, and a dunk tank. Baluntic the Clown will wander the fairgrounds, providing entertainment for kids and adults alike.

Another popular event, the 4-H/FFA Youth Market Sale begins at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 19.

Fat Bottom Girls will return with their arena rock this year and are playing Friday and Saturday night from 7-9 p.m.

“Everybody loves them, even the little kids,” Dursteler said.

The Nash Brothers will sing country tunes from 3-5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and Julie Dalen, Bruce Smith, Steelhead, Dave McKenzie, and Rockfish Blues will perform during the three day event. Check the schedule for times.

Volunteers are always needed. For any questions, call the fair office at 360-795-3480.


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