The Central Washington State Fair in Yakima is the original State Fair of Washington. Started in 1892 the Fair has become the ultimate showcase for the agriculture products raised in Central Washington. It has also become the single largest family entertainment event in Eastern Washington.
A great mix of classic rock, pop, Latino and country music will be presented at this year’s Central Washington State Fair, Sept. 21-30 in Yakima. A diverse group of well-known entertainers will be performing during the 10-day Fair including country duo Dan + Shay on Friday, Sept. 21 at 7:30 p.m.; country group High Valley on Saturday, Sept. 22 at 7:30 p.m.; country singer John Michael Montgomery on Tuesday, Sept. 25 at 7 p.m.; a trio of country stars Sammy Kershaw, Aaron Tippin and Colin Raye on Wednesday Sept. 26 at 7 p.m.: ’70s band Survivor on Thursday September 27 at 7 p.m.; rock group Theory of a Deadman on Friday, September 28 at 7:30 p.m.; and ’70s pop group Air Supply on Saturday, Sept. 29 at 7:30 p.m.
The Fair will also be presenting two days of Latin music featuring Lupillo Rivera on Sunday, Sept. 23 at 4 p.m. and Los Horoscopos de Durango on Sunday, Sept. 30 at 4 p.m.
The headline performers will be playing at the Corona as part of the U.S. Cellular® Concert Series.
The Les Schwab Grandstand Series at the Coca-Cola Grandstand will feature motor racing on both weekends of the Fair, along with two nights of Monster Trucks on Monday and Tuesday, Sept. 24 and 25, and a Demo Derby on the final Sunday of the Fair. The motor racing will feature superhot spring cars and late-model modifieds racing on the half-mile dirt track at the Fair’s grandstands.
New to the Fair this year in Pioneer Hall is the mega exhibit “Bug-Ology 1-0-Fun.” This is a walk-through exhibit that features live animals and insects including tarantulas, scorpions, centipedes, and a variety of others. Also included in the exhibit is the Butterfly Experience, where you can walk through a giant terrarium filled with live butterflies. There will also be a place for the adventurous to try eating deep-fried crickets and other cooked insects.
The Fair will also feature some other free entertainment and attractions including the return of the popular Racing Pigs as well as some other new walk-around entertainers.
Other Fair favorites returning again this year include Walk on the Wild Side, an exhibit which features a number of exotic animals and reptiles at the Pepsi Plaza. Also returning to Oak Park is the popular interactive display called Barnville, where children can milk a cow, see chicks hatching and experience other barnyard and unique animals. These will be part of the Fair for the entire 10-day run.
Of course all the great fair foods will again be awaiting fairgoers this year, with a few new food items to try, as will rides, exhibits, displays, animals and other attractions that make the Central Washington State Fair so popular every September.
Tickets for the U.S. Cellular® Concert Series and Les Schwab Grandstand series are on sale now. Once again, all concerts and grandstand events are free with fair admission; however, a limited number of reserved seats is available for purchase. Reserved seating prices may vary depending on the artist. Fair admission is sold separately. All Fair admission, carnival wristband and entertainment reserve tickets are available at the State Fair Park Box Office, all TicketsWest outlets and charge-by-phone at 800-325-7328 (SEAT).
For more information on this year’s Central Washington State Fair and the 2018 entertainment line-up, go to the Fair’s website.