Clallam County Fair back in 2022

The Clallam County Fair is back.

For the first time since 2019, the fair at 1608 W. 16th St., in Port Angeles will open up for 4-H activities, grandstand events, music concerts, a carnival and vendors selling everything from scones to fresh corn to hand-dipped ice-cream for four days beginning this coming Thursday and running through Sunday, Aug. 21.

“We’re very excited to have the fair back,” fair manager Shari Ioffrida said. “We welcome everyone back.”

The fair will be ruled over by Queen Allison Pettit and Queen’s Court Sophia Lawson. The theme this year is “Blue Ribbon Dreams in Boots & Jeans.”

The gates will open each day at 8:30 a.m., with buildings opening at 9 a.m.; both will close at 9 p.m. each day but Sunday, when closing time will be 7 p.m.

The carnival will begin at noon each day and close at 9 p.m. every evening expect Sunday, when it will close at 7 p.m.

Discounted carnival tickets can be found online at clallam.net/Fair or at various retail establishments in the county through Wednesday.

Single-day passes are $8 for adults 18 to 61, $6 for seniors 62 and older and youth 13-17; and $5 for youths aged 6-12. Children 5 and younger are admitted free. Season passes for all four days are discounted by one day’s fee.

Opening day, Thursday, will be Kids’ Day when children 12 and younger are admitted free.

Grandstand events include a welcoming concert, free to all with paid fair admission, on Friday night.

The headliner will be Darin Jones and The Last Men Standing playing country music. Opening for the band will be the local Black Diamond Junction at 6 p.m.

A draft horse pull is planned Thursday, a logging show on Saturday, a rodeo on Saturday and Sunday and a demolition derby at 5 p.m. Sunday.

Demo Derby tickets will go on sale at 9 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 21 at the yellow gate at the west side parking lot next to the BMX Track. Tickets will be $15 in additional to paid fair admission.

At the Wilder Stage will be tribute bands evoking Santana, The Doors and Aerosmith. Black Diamond Junction and the Stardust Big Band also will perform there.

The Sunny Farms stage will host marimba, improv, belly dancing, a barbershop quartet, Buck Ellard and Joy in Mudville.

Because of the avian flu spread nationally and in the state, 4-Hers and FFA youth who want to show their showmanship with chickens or other poultry in judging will use replicas.

The only live poultry will be in the Pacific Northwest Junior Livestock Auction at noon Saturday, and those will be on the fairgrounds only for a day and half, Ioffrida said.

The auction is a terminal event, meaning the birds will be killed afterward, and so they are permitted for the auction, Clallam County 4H coordinator Melanie Greer said.

A variety of demonstrations and educational activities are planned — home arts, hobbies and crafts. The fair kitchen will serve hot meals, with proceeds going toward improvement of the fairgrounds.

Over the years, the fair was either suspended or other activities were held in its place four times; from 1896-1913, before the second fair; in 1918, during the worldwide outbreak of influenza; in 1920, when fair officials purchased property and began planning for events at its current location just west of Port Angeles, and 1942-1946, during World War II.

For more information, see clallam.net/Fair.

Sequim Gazette file photo by Matthew Nash
Benjamin Akin, 4, of Neah Bay, leads the Convoy Race at the Clallam County Fair in 2019.

Sequim Gazette file photo by Matthew Nash Benjamin Akin, 4, of Neah Bay, leads the Convoy Race at the Clallam County Fair in 2019.

Sequim Gazette file Photo by Matthew Nash
Cooper Wicks nearly makes the 8-second mark while bareback riding on Aug. 18 at the Clallam County Fair’s Rodeo in 2019.

Sequim Gazette file Photo by Matthew Nash Cooper Wicks nearly makes the 8-second mark while bareback riding on Aug. 18 at the Clallam County Fair’s Rodeo in 2019.

Sequim Gazette file photo by Michael Dashiell / Elizabeth Barrett of West End Taxidermy talks with a fair-goer at the Clallam County Fair in 2019; Davis is part of the Happy Tails 4-H Club.

Sequim Gazette file photo by Michael Dashiell / Elizabeth Barrett of West End Taxidermy talks with a fair-goer at the Clallam County Fair in 2019; Davis is part of the Happy Tails 4-H Club.

Sequim Gazette file photo by Michael Dashiell
Brothers Gary Brock, left, and Johnny Callisesi of Port Angeles play a friendly game of bubble ball at the Clallam County Fair in 2019.

Sequim Gazette file photo by Michael Dashiell Brothers Gary Brock, left, and Johnny Callisesi of Port Angeles play a friendly game of bubble ball at the Clallam County Fair in 2019.