Kitsap Fair’s return was a welcome respite

It was wonderful to have the Kitsap County Fair & Stampede return this year after its cancellation in 2020 due to the pandemic. Thank you to the Kitsap County Fair and Stampede Board of Directors and staff, the Kitsap County Parks Department, vendors, sponsors, exhibitors and volunteers for making the 2021 event a big success.

This was the first year the newly created nonprofit Kitsap Fair and Stampede Association put on the fair after it was transferred in 2020 from Kitsap County. This small group of volunteers are dedicated to preserving the traditions of the Kitsap County Fair that dates to 1923.

Organizers ensured extra COVID-19 precautions were in place so everyone could return to the fairgrounds to have fun in a safe environment. Families and friends enjoyed the rodeo and Xtreme bulls, concerts, carnival, demonstrations, visiting vendors and checking out the great exhibits. And the fair food did not disappoint!

The fair is also the premier event for the young people who participate in 4-H to showcase the animals they raise. I love talking to these kids and am so impressed with their passion and knowledge.

The fair provides small businesses, entrepreneurs and craftsmen with an opportunity to exhibit their products and connect with the community. The event also brings regional exposure to Kitsap, as many visitors come here to enjoy the activities.

My appreciation goes out to everyone who pulls together the Kitsap County Fair and Stampede and all those who attend to ensure this county tradition carries on. I’m already looking forward to next year’s event!

Ed Wolfe

Kitsap County Commissioner