Submitted by the San Juan County Fair.
The San Juan County Virtual Fair “Lettuce Keeps the Sheep” August 18-21 is downloaded and ready to view! What does this year bring? Exhibitions, demos, vendors and lots of entertainment!
A quick reminder that the fair is what participants and volunteers make of it with their time, effort and creativity. Without the participation and support of Islanders, none of this would be possible. Many hands are doing light work and art, food, music and more!
What is the fair? It is a showcase of the multifaceted talents of those who live in our county and unique aspects of life here that only Islanders truly understand. We cannot deny that the part of celebration and gathering is just as important; especially looking towards the future of the fair.
This summer has proven that the fair can last more than a week in August. The exhibition center is a valuable community asset and this year has been an opportunity to develop truly creative partnerships. The San Juan Community Theater held its summer series at the fairgrounds and in turn provided materials and space for artists to record for the virtual fair. Island Rec was once again able to host a day camp for preschool children. The library used the front lawn for their history and craft time, and the San Juan Singers found an outdoor rehearsal space. On Orcas, the Orcas Center provided previously recorded performances in exchange for their use of the Eastsound Village Green summer concert series (although not at the fairgrounds, it was a new partnership for the fair). And to make sure everyone didn’t run out of new baskets, plants, t-shirts, artwork and more, fair staff were able to organize fair markets and partnered up with Going Left. on a fair summer music series.
This year the virtual fair will host those who provided exhibits through the online entry program, virtual sellers and their activities, merchandise, 4-H online showcase and auctions, some live lectures, the San Juan Minecraft County Fair, the People’s Choice Awards and lots of entertainment. Special thanks to those who provided their continued support through sponsorship this year and to those who participated.
We sincerely hope that you will help us celebrate those who participated in another year filled with uncertainties. The past two years have not been easy, and next year will be all about reconstruction and recreation. Each islander has a different version and aspect of the fair that they become attached to with fond memories. Take the history of this community event and merge it with the present to create a fair that will continue to be unique to the county and the island communities.
How to follow the show: www.sjcfair.org and Facebook / Twitter / Instagram @sjcfair # sjcfair2021