Fair draws big name artists, plethora of events, activities

Published on Wed, Aug 7, 2013
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The Northwest Washington Fair returns to Lynden next week for its 103rd year, starting with events and attractions on Monday, August 12 and ending Saturday, August 17 with the Roar and Rumble truck show.

Local farms will bring out their best and brightest livestock, produce, flowers and artwork for the exhibition and the fair’s grandstand will play host to a four-night concert series starting Tuesday, August 13, featuring four big-name acts.

Actor/musician Dwight Yoakam is the first act featured at the fair’s concert series. Yoakam has sold more than 25 million records over his nearly 30 years as a musician. Tickets range from $40-50.

On Tuesday night, legendary Canadian rock group The Guess Who, known for their hit singles “American Woman” and “These Eyes,” will rock the main stage Wednesday, August 14. Tickets range from $25–35.

Hunter Hayes, a 21-year-old Grammy nominee recently featured in Entertainment Weekly’s “rising stars” issue, will take the stage on Thursday, August 15, and tickets can be purchased for $38–48. 

Steven Curtis Chapman will close out the concert series on Friday, August 16. Chapman is one of the most popular and acclaimed Christian recording artists of the last 25 years. Tickets will run from $33–43.

The fair will go out with a roar on Saturday, August 17 as monster trucks and motocross riders square off in drag races and freestyle exhibitions. Local truck owners can even get in on the action by registering for a “Tough Truck” race around a closed course. Winners will take home a $1,500 prize. Tickets for Roar and Rumble will cost $12 for youth and $23 for adults. 

Entrance fees for the Northwest Washington Fair are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors over 62, $5 for children ages 6–12 and free for children 5 and younger. The event will be open every day from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Patrons can purchase all-day passes to the carnival for $30 in addition to the gate fee, or pay for rides individually, starting at $3. 

The Flying Grand Prix roller coaster will be making its Northwest Washington Fair debut this year. With a peak height of 40 feet, the Grand Prix is the largest roller coaster to ever appear at the fair. Rides on the Grand Prix are not included in the carnival’s all-day pass. 

For more information about the fair, visit nwwafair.com.