Kayli Graf, 17, pushes fellow 4-H’ers Isabella Huff, 8, center, and Sari Sawby-Smith, 10, in a wheelbarrow Sunday as they prepare stalls for the Clallam County Fair. (Jesse Major/Peninsula Daily News)

Kayli Graf, 17, pushes fellow 4-H’ers Isabella Huff, 8, center, and Sari Sawby-Smith, 10, in a wheelbarrow Sunday as they prepare stalls for the Clallam County Fair. (Jesse Major/Peninsula Daily News)

Clallam County Fair set to begin Thursday

PORT ANGELES — Exhibitors have been busy this week setting up at the Clallam County Fairgrounds in preparation for this year’s fair.

The Clallam County Fair begins Thursday and runs through Sunday at the fairgrounds in west Port Angeles.

The theme for this year’s fair is “Paws on Parade.”

“We’re ready to go,” said Shari Ioffrida, fair manager. “The carnival is all moved in, vendors have started moving in and everything is looking good.”

The annual fair offers family entertainment with myriad exhibitors, vendors, musical performances, grandstand shows and a carnival.

She said that usually 30,000 people make their way to the fair.

New this year is JetCity Extreme Moto-X, which will perform stunts and tricks at the grandstands Thursday and Friday. She said the barns are “really full” and that there’s lots of animals at the fair.

Daily admission is $8 for adults, $6 for seniors 62 and older and students 13 to 17, $5 for children 6 to 12 and free for children younger than 6.

A four-day pass is $24 for adults, $13 for teens and seniors, and $12 for children.

Most grandstand events are included with the price of admission.

Tickets to Sunday’s demolition derby are sold separately for $15 outside the yellow gate on the west side of the fairgrounds.

All gates will be open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday.

Buildings within the fairgrounds at 1608 W. 16th St. will be open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday.

Carnival hours are from noon to 9 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and noon to 7 p.m. Sunday.

Here’s a rundown of grandstand shows for the 2018 fair:

• The 4-H Western Games, where riders and horses race around barrels and perform other maneuvers, will begin at 9:30 a.m. Friday.

• The Draft Horse Show, where horses demonstrate their pulling skills, will hit the arena at 2 p.m. Thursday.

• JetCity Extreme Moto-X is set for Thursday at 5 p.m., 6:30 p.m. and 8 p.m.; and Friday at 5 p.m., 6:30 p.m. and 8 p.m.

• The Logging Show, where Northwest ax men demonstrate their chopping and sawing skills, will begin at noon Saturday.

• Rodeo events, including bull riding and team roping, begin at 5 p.m. Saturday and noon Sunday.

• The car-smashing demolition derby will get underway at 5 p.m. Sunday.

Live music will be played throughout the fair from the Sunny Farms Main Stage and Wilder Auto Community Stage.

Animal shows, gardening demonstrations and hobby and craft exhibits will be available throughout the event at various barns at the fairgrounds.

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Reporter Jesse Major can be reached at 360-452-2345, ext. 56250, or at [email protected].

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